San Diego County

Local Partner

November 2020 Election Cheat Sheet

Explanations for endorsements are below.

California State Senate

District 39

✅ Toni Atkins

California State Assembly

District 78
✅ Chris Ward
District 79
✅ Shirley Weber
District 80
✅ Lorena Gonzalez

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

District 1 *

✅ Nora Vargas
District 3 *

✅ Terra Lawson-Remer

California State Ballot Propositions

Prop 15
✅ Yes
Prop 19
✅ Yes
Prop 21 *
✅ Yes

Imperial Beach

City Council *
✅ Mark West

La Mesa

City Council *
✅ Colin Parent

National City

City Council *
✅ José Rodriguez
✅ Marcus Bush

San Diego

Mayor
✅ Todd Gloria
City Council, District 1 *
✅ Will Moore
City Council, District 5 *
✅ Marni von Wilpert
City Council, District 9 *
✅ Sean Elo
Measure A *
✅ Yes
Measure E *
✅ Yes

* Endorsements marked with an asterisk are made by only by the local partner. All other endorsements are from both the local chapter and YIMBY Action.

Endorsement Explainer

California State Senate

CA State Senate District 39

Toni Atkins

“Housing is the most critical issue facing California, and has been for years. That’s why this past legislative session, the Senate advanced a package of housing bills to spur affordable housing and aid California’s economic recovery. That legislation included my two housing bills, SB 1120 and SB 995. SB 1120 would have encouraged small-scale development by allowing duplexes on single-family lots, and SB 995 sought to extend and expand the CEQA process in an effort to increase housing production and create jobs in California. Those bills unfortunately fell victim to timing this past legislative session, but the tools they would have provided will remain part of the discussion as housing bills advance next year. I’ve been here before – it took a few years to get my landmark affordable housing bill enacted. Now, as then, the work continues, and my resolve is clear. I appreciate the support and all the hard work YIMBY poured into advocating on behalf of our housing production package, and I look forward to your continued support in the coming months ahead as we continue to work on solutions to address California’s housing crisis.”

Endorsed by YIMBY Democrats of San Diego County and YIMBY Action.

California State Ballot Propositions

✅ YES

Proposition 15: Schools and Communities First

Proposition 15 will get rid of property tax breaks for big businesses, and put billions of dollars towards schools and local services.

Currently, thanks to 1978’s Prop 13, owners pay property taxes based on the price they originally paid for that real estate—typically a lot less than what it’s worth today. Prop 15 will roll this back for many large businesses, raising property taxes to be assessed based on the property’s current (probably much higher) market value. Prop 15 will raise approximately $6.5 to $11.5 billion — 60% for cities, counties and special districts, and 40% for schools and community colleges. Homeowners and businesses with under $3 million in California property will be exempted, along with farm land.

Endorsed by YIMBY Democrats of San Diego County and YIMBY Action.

✅ YES

Proposition 19: Changes Some Property Tax Transfers and Exemptions

Proposition 19 adjusts the rules of 1978’s Proposition 13. While many YIMBYs would like to see major reform to Prop 13, this is a small adjustment to California’s property tax rules. Prop 19 reduces tax subsidies for people who inherit multiple homes, and shifts them to people downsizing homes or who are moving due to natural disasters. Any excess tax revenue from reducing the multiple-homes subsidy goes to wildfire protection.

Currently, for homeowners who want to downsize to a smaller home, if it costs more than the original price of their big home, they can end up paying more taxes (depending on their county’s rules). Prop 19 makes sure that people who are down-sizing homes are protected from tax increases. Ideally, this allows long-time homeowners to downsize and allow others who need more space to move into their larger homes. Prop 19 also extends to people who are moving due to natural disasters, so they don’t face a tax hike on top of the trauma of losing their homes.

Endorsed by YIMBY Action.

✅ YES

Proposition 21: Expands Options for Local Rent Control

Prop 21 would help to provide more housing stability to Californians by giving cities more options to limit rent increases. Prop 21 sets sensible guardrails for rent stabilization by exempting small landlords with only one or two properties as well as new construction less than 15 years old. Ensuring housing stability is critical for homeless prevention and community wellness.

Endorsed by YIMBY Democrats of San Diego County.

City of San Diego

San Diego Mayor

Todd Gloria

“In order to ensure a thriving and diverse economy, and to provide opportunities for our children and grandchildren to live in San Diego, we must increase the supply of housing. San Diego will not be a well functioning city if only the very wealthy can afford to live here. In order for working and middle class San Diegans to feel that they have a future in this city and an ability to build wealth, they have to be able to climb the rungs of the housing ladder.”

Endorsed by YIMBY Democrats of San Diego County and YIMBY Action.