Presented here are the Faculty Association Political Action Committee (FA PAC) endorsements and recommendations for the 2016 election. You can read our recommendations for candidates and propositions on this page or download a version of this information for later viewing.
STATE ASSEMBLY AND SENATE
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 28:
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13:
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 15:
FOOTHILL-DE ANZA BOARD OF TRUSTEES
LAURA CASAS (incumbent)
II. STATE PROPOSITIONS
YES on PROPOSITION 55 – Tax Extension to Fund for Education and Healthcare
This proposition extends the Proposition 30 (passed in 2012) income tax increases for those earning over $250,000 for an additional 12 years. It does not extend the sales tax component of Proposition 30, which expires at the end of December 2016. Funding is estimated to range between $4 billion and $9 billion annually depending upon the stock market and the health of the California economy. The funding will be shared among the California Community Colleges, K-12 schools, and certain health programs, including Medi-Cal. The funding from Proposition 30 has been essential to the restoration of community college and K-12 post-recession budgets, but it expires in December 2018. This Proposition 55 extension of the income tax source of this funding is crucial for the ongoing financial health of the community college system and K-12.
YES on PROPOSITION 51 – Public School Facilities Bond
This proposition would have the state issue $9 billion in bonds to fund facilities improvement and new construction on California community college and K-12 school campuses. The Foothill-De Anza Community College District would be eligible for a share of this much needed funding.
III. LOCAL INITIATIVES (Cupertino)
YES on Measure D / NO on Measure C
Measure D promotes the revitalization of the currently moribund Vallco Shopping Center in Cupertino. The project provides a mixed use “city center” that includes a community park and recreational facilities, senior housing, and office space along with retail, dining, and entertainment venues. Measure C essentially imposes a halt to Vallco renovation plans that have been in the works for many years.