CA BALLOT PROPOSITIONS: GAS TAX REPEAL AND RENT CONTROL MEASURES FAIL, BUT VOTERS APPROVE HOUSING BONDS, CAGE-FREE HENS AND ENDING DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

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By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2018 (Sacramento) – California voters will continue to pay a gas tax to fund repairs of roads and bridges, after Proposition 6, a ballot measure that would have repealed the tax, failed by a 55-45% margin. 

Prop 10, an effort to make it easier for cities to impose rent controls, failed by a whopping 62-38% vote. 

But voters approved ending daylight savings time, passing Prop 7 by a 60-40% margin.  Voters also passed Prop 1, approving bonds to fund affordable housing and housing for veterans by a 54-46% margin.

Below is a rundown on all 11 measures on the ballot (a 12th, Prop 9, was removed by a court due to constitutional concerns.)

Prop 2, to expand housing for those with mental illnesses, passed overwhelmingly with 61% approval.  So did Prop 4 to fund children’s hospital construction, which got nearly 61% of the votes cast.

Over 61% of voters also approved Prop 12, requiring egg-laying hens to be raised cage free. In addition, nearly 60% voted to pass Prop 11, Other measures passed include Prop 11, which allows private ambulance companies to require that employees stay on call during breaks.

Prop 3, a bond for water and environmental projects went down by a narrow 52-48% margin. Prop 5, a senior property tax reduction  measure, failed with 58% voting no.

Prop 8, which aimed to prevent price gouging of kidney dialysis patients, failed by 62% after big spending by the medical industry convinced voters that the measure could result in closure of clinics in some locations.