San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Positions for the 2020 Election

By Christina Asai, 6:24 pm on October 16, 2020


The San Marcos Chamber serves as the best resource for its members and the business community to promote a positive business climate, economy, and quality of life. Below you will find the positions of the Chamber on the following ballot propositions.

To access the California Chamber of Commerce Overview of November Ballot Measures PDF (created 10/2/2020), click here.

To access the Official Voter Information Guide, please visit this page.

Proposition 15 – Split Roll Property Tax. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Requires that commercial and industrial real property be taxed based on current market value.

Proposition 15 is a $12.5 billion a year property tax increase—the largest in state history—that is riddled with flaws which will hurt all Californians. Contrary to what its supporters claim, Proposition 15 will not help local governments and schools recover from the COVID-19 induced economic crisis.

The measure will also hurt the small businesses that employ half of all California employees.


Proposition 23 – Establishes State Requirements for Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Requires On-Site Medical Professional. Initiative Statute.

Appearing as Proposition 23 on the November 3, 2020 ballot, The Protect the Lives of Dialysis Patients Act mandates that each of the roughly 600 dialysis clinics in California have a physician on the premises during all operating hours, in a non-caregiving role.



Proposition 20 – Restricts Parole for Non-Violent Offenders. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated Only as Misdemeanors. Initiative Statute.

Proposition 20, the Keep California Safe Initiative, restricts parole for non-violent offenders and authorizes felony sentences for certain offenses currently treated only as misdemeanors.

This initiative statute imposes restrictions on the parole program for non-violent offenders who have completed the full term for their primary offense. It also expands the list of offenses that disqualify an inmate from this parole program.

It authorizes felony charges for specified theft crimes currently chargeable only as misdemeanors, including some thefts where the value is between $250 and $950.

Proposition 20 discourages organized retail thefts by increasing penalties and saves retailers thousands of dollars in lost merchandise and loss prevention programs. The initiative:

    • Includes a felony for “serial theft.” A person caught stealing merchandise valued at more than $250 three separate times would face felony charges.
    • Expands the list of violent crimes for which early release isn’t an option.
    • Requires the Board of Parole Hearings to consider an inmate’s entire criminal history when deciding parole, not just his/her most recently committed offense.

Proposition 22 – Changes Employment Classification Rules for App-Based Transportation and Delivery Drivers. Initiative Statute.

The San Marcos Chamber is supporting this initiative statute to ensure that thousands of workers continue to have access to this important work that provides a flexible option to earn income.