Announcing our 2020 Bend the Arc California Voter Guide

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action is back with another California Voter Guide grounded in Jewish values and a commitment to social justice. Download the guide here.


This year’s election will be one of the most significant of our lifetime.

As Californians receive their ballots and make their plans to vote safely in the upcoming election, we’ve created a voter guide to help you continue building a multi-racial democracy with us by voting the full ballot. Download the guide on our website.


Our guide was written and researched by a group of dedicated volunteers, including teachers, lawyers, homelessness service-providers, and public health experts. It presents our underlying reasoning so that voters can, in the time-honored Jewish way, engage in healthy argument and arrive at their own conclusions.

Priority issues include:

  • Proposition 15 – SUPPORT
    Requires most commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on their market value, generating revenue for school districts, community colleges, public schools, and local governments.
  • Proposition 16 – SUPPORT
    Repeals Proposition 209, which prevents public entities from developing and utilizing affirmative action programs that grant preferences based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting.
  • Proposition 17 – SUPPORT
    Restores voting rights for people who are on parole for felony convictions.
  • Proposition 20 – OPPOSE
    Reverses provisions of recent criminal justice reforms; adds new low-level crimes to the list of felonies for which early parole is restricted; recategorizes certain types of theft and fraud crimes from misdemeanors to felonies; and requires DNA collection for certain misdemeanors.
  • Proposition 21 – SUPPORT
    Allows local governments to enact rent control for housing that was first occupied over 15 years ago, with an exception for landlords who own no more than two homes with distinct titles or subdivided interests.

In this critical election, we need all hands on deck. Download and share Bend the Arc’s California Voter Guide and use your vote to help build a more just, equitable society for all Californians.

On behalf of the 2020 California Voter Guide Committee,

Emily and Erica,

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action California

P.S. If you’re moved to join in more actions, connect with your local Bend the Arc chapter to continue to build a California that better reflects our values.