A guide to the money behind five measures on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Follow The Money is a five-part election series about ballot measures San Diegans will vote on in November 2018. Reporters Jill Castellano and Brad Racino explore the money behind the measures. Each story is online and includes an audio and video version.
PROP. 6: GAS TAX REPEAL MEASURE
Last year, the state increased the gas tax by 12 cents and created a vehicle registration fee to fund transportation projects. Proposition 6 would repeal the tax increase and fee, which have generated $5 billion for the state – including $1 billion for San Diego County.
MEASURES E & G: SOCCERCITY AND SDSU WEST
The two competing ballot measures propose to redevelop the former Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley. Measure E is the SoccerCity proposal. Measure G is the SDSU West proposal. If voters approve both measures, the one with the most votes would win.
MEASURE D: DECIDING COUNTY ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER
Currently if someone runs for county office and gets more than 50 percent of the vote in the June primary, the candidate wins. Measure D would require all county races to be decided in a November runoff.
MEASURE YY: SAN DIEGO UNIFIED’S $3.5 BILLION BOND
Measure YY is a proposed $3.5 billion, 30-year bond that would fund capital improvements for San Diego Unified School District facilities. This is the school district’s third bond proposal in 10 years.
MEASURE J: CITY BUSINESS TRANSPARENCY
An inewsource investigation found San Diego never enforced a transparency law requiring anyone doing business with the city to disclose their identities. Measure J would change that and force companies doing business with the city to disclose all the people associated with the transaction.
MEET THE TEAM
Brad Racino is inewsource‘s senior reporter and assistant editor. He wrote and recorded the five-part Follow The Money podcast and TV series with Jill Castellano, and oversaw its filming, editing and production.
Jill Castellano is an investigative data reporter for inewsource, focusing on campaign finance during the 2018 election. Along with Brad, she wrote and recorded the five-part Follow The Money series.
Megan Wood (left) is a former inewsource reporter and videographer. She coordinated and shot the video segments for this project, which aired on KPBS TV and on inewsource‘s social media accounts. Shyla Nott (center) is inewsource‘s web producer and social media manager. She designed all the Follow The Money web pages, newsletters and social media elements. Nicole Tyau (right) is a former inewsource intern. She edited the video packages for this series.