ballot measure

Boosting Gas Tax Not a Long-Term Road Repair Fix

May 3, 2017

In California, efforts to boost funding for road repairs are at odds with the concurrent goal of expanding electric vehicle usage. So how can these two needs co-exist?

Why the Ballot is So Long This Fall

Sep 20, 2016

Although no one will see them all, voters across Sonoma County are being asked to decide 23 separate ballot measures this fall. That’s in addition to the 17 initiatives everyone will see from the state. To find out why so many, KRCB News turned to Sonoma State Political Science professor and ballot measure analyst David McCuan for insights.

In addition to the centralized budgeting that resulted from the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, Professor McCuan observes that it has also led to some significant changes in the make-up of the state legislature—and their actions.

A group of Napa County environmentalists are pushing for new limits on hillside vineyards, through ballot measure they hope to qualify for the November election. But the Valley’s wine industry is pushing back.

  Two reservoirs on either side of the Napa Valley represent the main drinking water supply for the city of Napa and other area residents, but their water quality is at risk from vineyards expanding into the hillsides above those lakes, says Mike Hackett, one of the main advocates for the Water, Forest and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative.

Marijuana Measures Seek a Place on the 2016 Ballot

Mar 7, 2016

  As popular sentiment for allowing wider use of marijuana continues to grow, a cluster of proposed measures to revisit legalization have been vying for a spot on California’s November ballot. But as the deadline for qualifying draws closer, the field now appears to be narrowing. 

GMO Foes Again Push for Sonoma County Ban

Mar 4, 2016

  Eleven years after local voters rejected a ballot measure to restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crops in Sonoma County, a new initiative with the same goal is working to win a spot on the ballot next November.

GMO Free Sonoma County leader Karen Hudson was not active in the 2005 campaign for Measure M. But she says they have tried to incorporate some lessons learned from that bitterly contested election as they drafted their new initiative.