• Nushi Yapabandara

Resolution in Support of Props 15-18

Updated: Nov 6

Resolution in Support of CA Proposition 15


WHEREAS, Proposition 15 intends to “INCREASES FUNDING SOURCES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES BY CHANGING TAX ASSESSMENT OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.” per the State of California Voter Guide.


WHEREAS, dissent of this proposition in the form of a “NO” vote will allow Proposition 13 to take precedence. Proposition 13 was passed in 1978, a proposition that initially placed property taxes at 1% of their cash value with a maximum annual increase in 2%, per the State of California Voter Guide.


WHEREAS, support of this proposition in the form of a “YES” vote will require commercial and industrial properties, except those zoned as commercial agriculture, to be taxed based on their market value, rather than their purchase price, per the State of California Voter Guide.


WHEREAS, this proposition will cause commercial and industrial buildings with a value of over $3 million to pay property tax based on values reassessed every 3 years. This protects small business owners and residents.


WHEREAS, large corporations and highly profitable businesses have been intentionally evading paying a reasonable amount of property taxes since 1978.


WHEREAS, SJECCD is estimated to benefit approximately a $1.2 million chunk of total income (estimated to be between $8 billion and $12.5 billion statewide to go towards all community-oriented public affairs).


THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the San Jose City College (SJCC) Associated Student Government (ASG) publicly posts a written statement of support of voting “YES” on Proposition 15 on behalf of SJCC students on the official website and all official social media platforms.



Resolution in Support of CA Proposition 16


WHEREAS, Proposition 16 “Permits government decision-making policies to consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in order to address diversity by repealing constitutional provision prohibiting such policies. Fiscal Impact: No direct fiscal effect on state and local entities. The effects of the measure depend on the future choices of state and local government entities and are highly uncertain” per the California Voters Guide.


WHEREAS, if not passed by a majority of “NO” votes, will prolong “The current ban on the consideration of race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting would remain in effect” per the California Voters Guide.


WHEREAS, if passed by a majority of “YES” votes, “State and local entities could consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting to the extent allowed under federal and state law” per the California Voters Guide.


WHEREAS, if this proposition does pass by a majority of “YES” votes, Affirmative Action will be restored.


THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the SJCC ASG publicly posts a written statement of support of voting “YES” on Proposition 16 on behalf of SJCC students on the official website and all official social media platforms.



Resolution in Support of CA Proposition 17


WHEREAS, Proposition 17 “RESTORES RIGHT TO VOTE AFTER COMPLETION OF PRISON TERM. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.” per the California Voters Guide.


WHEREAS, if not passed by a majority of “NO” votes, will result in “People on state parole would continue to be[ing] unable to vote in California” per the California Voters Guide.


WHEREAS, if passed by a majority of “YES” votes, “People on state parole who are U.S. citizens, residents of California, and at least 18 years of age would be able to vote, if they register to vote” per the California Voters Guide.


WHEREAS, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are disproportionately incarcerated due to racist societal structures.


WHEREAS, the bulk of the SJCC community is composed of BIPOC.


WHEREAS, support of passing this proposition would increase BIPOC voting representation statewide (quantitative data unavailable).


WHEREAS, 0.74% of California’s population is currently unable to vote due to the law that this proposition is attempting to overwrite according to Britannia ProCon.


THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the SJCC ASG publicly posts a written statement of support of voting “YES” on Proposition 17 on behalf of SJCC students on the official website and all official social media platforms.



Resolution in Support of CA Proposition 18


WHEREAS, Proposition 18 “AMENDS CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION TO PERMIT 17-YEAR-OLDS TO VOTE IN PRIMARY AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS IF THEY WILL TURN 18 BY THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION AND BE OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT” per the California Voters Guide.


WHEREAS, if not passed by a majority of “NO” votes, will uphold the current Constitutional mandate that “No one younger than 18 years of age may vote in any election.” per the California Voters Guide.


WHEREAS, if passed by a majority of “YES” votes, “Eligible 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old by the time of the next general election may vote in the primary election and any special elections preceding the general election” per the California Voters Guide.


WHEREAS, if this proposition does pass, we will increase the voter base population significantly (quantitative data unavailable).


WHEREAS, this proposition would increase resident representation in the state of California.


THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the SJCC ASG publicly posts a written statement of support of voting “YES” on Proposition 18 on behalf of SJCC students on the official website and all official social media platforms.

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