2018 November General Election Endorsements

September 11, 2018 - The State Building Trades Executive Board has endorsed general election candidates for statewide office and adopted positions on all of the propositions on the November 2018 election ballot.  Endorsements were made on basis of the candidate's record on issues of importance to the men and women of the Building Trades and their families, as well as on their stated positions on other issues.  In addition, the "support" or "oppose" positions on the statewide initiatives were adopted after careful consideration of their impact to the well-being of our members. 

Getting our members and their families out to vote on November 6, 2018 is of critical importance.  This election will determine a new Governor and statewide officers, strong democratic majorities in the Legislature, congress, and initiatives that directly impact building trades workers. 

State Constitutional Offices Endorsements

Governor:                                                       Gavin Newsom (D)

Lt. Governor:                                                  Dr. Ed Hernandez (D)

Attorney General:                                           Xavier Becerra (D)

State Treasurer:                                               Fiona Ma (D)

State Controller:                                              Betty Yee (D)

Insurance Commissioner:                                Ricardo Lara (D)

Secretary of State:                                          Alex Padilla (D)

Superintendent of Public Instruction:             Tony Thurmond (D)


Ballot Initiative Positions


Proposition 1 (Veterans & Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018)

Authorizes $4 billion in bonds to fund specified housing assistance programs.

SUPPORT  (vetsandaffordablehousingact.org)


Proposition 2 (No Place Like Home Act of 2018)

Authorizes bonds to fund existing housing program for individuals with mental illness.  SUPPORT



Proposition 3 (Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018)

Authorizes $8.9 billion in bonds to fund water supply and quality projects, watershed, fish, wildlife, water conveyance, and groundwater sustainability and storage.  SUPPORT  (waterbond.org)


Proposition 4 (Children's Hospital Bond Act of 2018)

Authorizes $1.5 billion in bond funds for the construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of certain hospitals that treat children.  SUPPORT (yesonproposition4.org)


Proposition 5 (People's Initiative to Protect Prop. 13 Savings)

Changes requirements for certain property owners to transfer their property tax base to replacement property. OPPOSE


Proposition 6 (Repeal of SB 1 Transportation Revenues)

Eliminates road repair and transportation funding.  Requires fuel taxes and vehicle fees to be approved by voters.  OPPOSE  (noprop6.com)


Proposition 7 (Daylight Savings Time)

The Legislature, with a 2/3 vote, could change daylight saving time if the change is allowed by the federal government.  Absent any Legislative change, California would maintain its current daylight saving time period (early March to early November).  OPPOSE


Proposition 8 (Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act)

Kidney dialysis clinics would have their revenues limited by a formula and could be required to pay rebates to certain parties (primarily health insurance companies) that pay for dialysis treatment.  SUPPORT (yeson8.com)


Proposition 9 (Three Californias)

Splits state into three different states: North, South and LA.  (Removed from ballot by court order.)  OPPOSE


Proposition 10 (Repeal of Costa Hawkins)

Expands local governments’ authority to enact rent control on residential property.  OPPOSE (noprop10.org)


Proposition 11 (Rest Period Takeaway)

Requires private sector emergency ambulance employees to remain "on-call" during work breaks and eliminates employer liability.  OPPOSE


Proposition 12 (Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act)

Establishes new requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and calves raised for veal.  California businesses would be banned from selling eggs or uncooked pork or veal that came from animals housed out of compliance.  NEUTRAL


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