In California, the midterm season is upon us and the election is on November 6. In the Humboldt County election, there are measures and propositions that will directly affect the lives of both HSU and Arcata/Eureka community members. Read ahead for a quick description of what a “yes” or “no” vote of each one really means.
Measure K – Humboldt County Sanctuary Initiative
Measure K allows voters to decide whether Humboldt County will become a sanctuary county or not. A sanctuary county limits its cooperation with federal immigration officials. This measure was put on the ballot through a petition campaign by local voters.
YES – A yes vote is in favor of prohibiting local law enforcement from cooperating with immigration officials.
NO – A no vote would allow law enforcement to cooperate with immigration officials.
Measure M – Preserve President McKinley Statue Initiative
Measure M allows voters to decide whether or not to remove, or modify the President McKinley statue in the Arcata Plaza. This measure was put on the ballot through citizen initiative.
YES – A yes vote is against removing or modifying the McKinley statue.
NO – A no vote is in favor of removing or modifying the McKinley statue.
Measure I – Road Repair Sales Tax
Measure I in Eureka is promoting a 0.25 percent raise in sales tax in the city of Eureka for the next 20 years to fund local road renewal. Eureka’s current sales tax is 8.5 percent. This measure is proposing raising it to 8.75 percent.
YES – A yes vote is in favor of raising the city’s sales tax for the next 20 years.
NO – A no vote is against raising the city’s sales tax for the next 20 years.
Measure O – Humboldt Sales Tax Renewal
Measure O in Humboldt is suggesting raising the existing countywide sales tax by $0.005 for general county needs. Some suggested improvements include the continuation of 24-hour sheriff patrols, improving mental health services and resources and repairing roads.
YES – A yes vote is in favor of raising the sales tax by $0.005 until ended by voters.
NO – A no vote is against raising the sales tax by $0.005 until ended by voters.
Proposition 10 – Local Rent Control Initiative
Prop 10 will repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act, allowing counties and cities to control rent prices based on types of housing. This will directly affect landlords and those living in rental housing.
YES – A yes vote on Prop 10 is in favor of allowing local governments to control rental prices.
NO – A no vote on Prop 10 is against allowing local governments to control rental prices.
Sources: https://ballotpedia.org/, Humboldt County
http://votersedge.org/, Humboldt County