The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from President Laphonza Butler on results of the November 8, 2016 election:
“In an election marked by divisiveness and bigotry, we set out to make California a beacon of hope and opportunity – and we succeeded. Our 700,000 SEIU California members selected Kamala Harris to be the first woman of color to represent California in the U.S. Senate, and we helped pass a slate of initiatives, 55, 56, 57, and 58, that will make real improvements in Californians’ lives.”
Wins on State Measures:
NO on 53 – Stop attacks on Local Control
YES on 55 – Invest in Our Children & Communities
YES on 56 – Save Lives & Reduce the Ravages of Tobacco
YES on 57 – Give Youth and Nonviolent Offenders a Fair Path to Rehabilitation
YES on 58 – Strengthen Language Skills for All Students With Dual Language Immersion
YES on 63 – Ensure Gun Safety For All
NO on 65 – Reject Siphoning Off of Plastic Bag Tax Dollars
YES on 67 – Maintain the Plastic Bag Ban, Protect the Environment
Wins – Local Candidates and Measures
In Monterey, we had many victories. Measure X, the 3/8 cent sales tax to benefit transportation county-wide passed. SEIU 521 members were instrumental in turning in passing this measure to turn around the crumbling condition of county and city roads and helping to ease traffic congestion. Your hard earned COPE contributions went towards this successful campaign and it cannot be understated that without your work on this election, Measure X would not have passed. SEIU 521 member Gloria De La Rosa won a seat on the Salinas City Council.
San Benito County
Measure W for the City of Hollister passed, a 1% sales tax to fund police and fire service, park and road maintenance. SEIU 521 members were critical to the success of this measure. We contributed COPE dollars and dozens of volunteer shifts towards this hard fought campaign. Passing this measure will ensure the continuity of high quality public services to the residents of Hollister.
Yes on W – Hollister: Continuation of a one-cent local sales tax to support essential public safety and City services
Santa Cruz County
In Santa Cruz, Measure D, the 1/2 cent sales tax to benefit transportation county-wide passed. SEIU 521 members were instrumental in passing the measure to turn around the crumbling condition of county and city roads, preserving transit for senior citizens and disabled people, and helping to ease traffic congestion. Your hard earned COPE contributions went towards this successful campaign and it cannot be understated that without your work on this election, Measure D would not have passed.
Watsonville City Council
District 1: Felipe Hernandez
District 2: Oscar Rios (Too close to call)
Santa Cruz County Measures
YES on D – The Safety, Pothole Repair, Traffic Relief, Transit Improvement Measure
SEIU 521 Endorsement: In SEIU 521’s democratic endorsement process, members vetted potential candidates, evaluated their positions, and weighed the issues before making their final recommendation for endorsement.