This is an archive of a past election.
See for current information.
Smart Voter
State of California March 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 15
The Hertzberg-Polanco Crime Laboratories Construction Bond Act of 1999

Bond Act

3,248,618 / 46.5% Yes votes ...... 3,739,929 / 53.5% No votes

See Also: Index of all Propositions

Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
This act provides for a bond issue of two hundred twenty million dollars ($220,000,000) to provide funds for a program for the construction, renovation, and infrastructure costs associated with the construction of new local forensic laboratories and the remodeling of existing local forensic laboratories. Fiscal Impact: State cost of $377 million over 25 years (average cost of about $15 million per year) to repay bonds. Local government costs of $20 million (one-time) and potentially millions of dollars in annual operating costs.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The state could sell $220 million in bonds for the construction and renovation of local crime laboratories.

A NO vote of this measure means:
The state could not sell $220 million in bonds for these purposes.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 15:
Provides funds to local law enforcement to upgrade, repair and build crime solving forensic laboratories. Will improve the analysis of evidence which identifies criminals and protects the innocent. Will save taxpayers' money by shortening the time it takes to go to trial. No money may be used for administrative salaries.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 15:
Bonds almost double the cost of government projects. This proposal would cost $220 million if paid from the state budget. Using bonds will cost taxpayers $395 million. Local governments should instead use private labs, which already perform similar functions. Or rent private space instead of constructing new buildings.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 15:
Robert Hertzberg
Committee to Repair and Upgrade Crime Fighting Forensic Labs-- Yes on Prop. 15
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 1425
(916) 448-4199

Contact AGAINST Proposition 15:
Ted Brown
Libertarian Party of California
(626) 614-0630

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

Easy Reading Voters Guide

League of Women Voters California Voter Foundation Secretary of State News and Analysis

Los Angeles Times

Palm Springs Desert Sun San Francisco Chronicle Torrance Daily Breeze Sacramento Bee
Suggest a link related to Proposition 15
Links to sources outside of Smart Voter are provided for information only and do not imply endorsement.

California Home Page || Statewide Links || About Smart Voter || Feedback

Created: April 13, 2000 02:35
Smart Voter 2000 <>
Copyright © 2000 League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
The League of Women Voters neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office or political parties.