Brace yourself. The sample ballots you'll receive in the mail starting Oct. 10 will have much more than just the candidates for president, Congress, state offices and local San Ramon Valley races.
In addition to Measure X on allowing a new 0.5% sales tax to fund transportation programs in Contra Costa County, San Ramon Valley voters -- like all Californians -- will face 17 measures to consider before mailing in or casting their ballots in the Nov. 8 election.
Of those, Proposition 51, school bonds, leads the list. It authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds: $3 billion for new construction and $3 billion for modernization of K-12 public school facilities; $1 billion for charter schools and vocational education facilities and $2 billion for California community colleges facilities.
Proposition 52 concerns state fees on hospitals and federal Medi-Cal matching funds.
Proposition 53 requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for projects that are financed, owned, operated or managed by the state or any joint agency created by or including the state, if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion.
Proposition 54 prohibits the legislature from passing any bill unless it has been in print and published on the internet for at least 72 hours before the vote.
Proposition 55 extends by 12 years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000 for single filers; over $500,000 for joint filers; over $340,000 for heads of household. It allocates these tax revenues 89% to K-12 schools and 11% to California Community Colleges, and allocates up to $2 billion per year in certain years for health care programs.
Proposition 56 increases the cigarette tax by $2 per pack, with an equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine. It allocates revenues primarily to increase funding for existing health care programs.
Proposition 57 allows parole consideration for persons convicted of nonviolent felonies upon completion of full prison term for primary offense.
Proposition 58 repeals most of the 1998 Proposition 227 provision, the "English in Public Schools" initiative, effectively allowing non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction.
Proposition 59 would require the Secretary of State to ask voters whether California's elected officials should use all of their constitutional authority, including proposing and ratifying one or more amendments to the U.S. Constitution, to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and other applicable judicial precedents.
Proposition 60 requires performers in adult films to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse.
Proposition 61 prohibits state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Proposition 62 repeals the death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. It also would apply retroactively to persons already sentenced to death.
Proposition 63 prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, and requires their disposal by sale to dealer, destruction or removal from state. It also requires most individuals to pass background checks and obtain Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition.
Proposition 64 legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law and imposes a state excise tax on retail sales of marijuana equal to 15% of sales price, state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves. It exempts medical marijuana from some taxation.
Proposition 65 redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through sale of carry-out bags, whenever any state law bans free distribution of a particular kind of carry-out bag. It requires stores to deposit bag sale proceeds into a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board to support specified categories of environmental projects.
Proposition 66 changes procedures governing state court appeals and petitions challenging death penalty convictions and sentences.
Proposition 67 would uphold State Senate Bill 270, a ban on single-use carryout plastic bags.
For more information on ballot measures, candidate filing requirements and election deadlines, sign on to the state elections website.