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State of California March 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 12
Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2000. (The Villaraigosa-Keeley Act)

Bond Act

4,634,942 / 63.2% Yes votes ...... 2,694,337 / 36.8% No votes

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Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
This act provides two billion one hundred million dollars ($2,100,000,000) to protect land around lakes, rivers, and streams and the coast to improve water quality and ensure clean drinking water; to protect forests and plant trees to improve air quality; to preserve open space and farmland threatened by unplanned development; to protect wildlife habitats; and to repair and improve the safety of state and neighborhood parks. Fiscal Impact: State cost of $3.6 billion over 25 years (average cost of about $144 million per year) to repay bonds. State and local parks' operating costs of potentially tens of millions of dollars annually.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The state could sell $2.1 billion in bonds for various state and local recreational, cultural, and natural resource projects (such as parks, beaches, museums, and wildlife conservation).

A NO vote of this measure means:
The state could not sell $2.1 billion in bonds for various state and local recreational, cultural, and natural resource projects.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 12:
Yes on 12-- Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air and Coastal Protection Act that protects our health and safety. Strict accountability requirements (annual audits, public hearings) ensure funds are spent properly. Supporters: California Chamber of Commerce, Audubon Society, AARP, League of Women Voters, California Organization of Police and Sheriffs.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 12:
Don't be fooled by misleading slogans. Almost all of your money will be spent on land for insects, rats and weeds-- not "Safe Neighborhood Parks," soccer fields, or even "Clean Air." The only thing your family will receive from this boondoggle is higher taxes to repay $3,738,000,000.00 over two decades.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 12:
Bryan Blum
Californians for Safe Neighborhood Parks and Clean Water
926 J Street #612
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 313-4538

Contact AGAINST Proposition 12:
Senator Ray Haynes
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-9781

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Secretary of State

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

Palm Springs Desert Sun

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