Bilingual Weekly – There are six measures in San Joaquin County ballots for this November 2, 2010, election: three exclusive to Stockton residents, two to Tracy, and one to the county’s southernmost school district, Jefferson Elementary. Bilingual Weekly tried to simplify the language of these measures for our readers, here they are…
City of Tracy
Measure D Appointed City Clerk
At present, the city clerk of the City of Tracy is elected. If Measure D is approved, in the future, the clerk will be appointed rather than elected. Supporters argue they will save thousands on election costs. Opponents say it will lead to favoritism on choosing nominees.
Measure E Sales Tax
Measure E will add —for five years— half-a-cent to the sales tax charged within Tracy. Revenue is expected to help prevent additional budget cuts in City services. The Tracy Tea Party opposes this.
City of Stockton
Measure G Low Income Housing
Re-authorizes Low Rent Housing Project Approval Authority for another 10 years, to develop publicly assisted low-income housing —up to 500 units annually— to house the poor. No one has publicly opposed it.
Measure H Firefighters’ contracts
It will eliminate a charter provision that the fire chief must be hired from the fire department, eliminates a requirement that labor disputes with the fire union go to a third-party arbitrator, and limits firefighters’ vacations. Proponents claim firefighter’s mandatory salaries and perks are bankrupting the City. Firefighters argue the City should stop waste instead.
Measure I Marijuana Tax
Stockton’s Tax on Marijuana will tax Marijuana distribution businesses $25 per $1,000 of gross receipts, whereas recreational marijuana businesses would be taxed $100 for the same amount of receipts. Proponents believe the Measure will add millions to the City’s revenue, while detractors decry the extra expense will inevitably be passed on to the client.
Measure J Jefferson School Bond
Measure J would allow the school board to borrow $35.4 million for construction and buildings’ updating. Proponents claim there will not be new taxes.