No on everything
October 08, 2018
I have a standing policy of voting "No" on almost every California ballot initiative. I do this for everything—state, county, city. I have two reasons.
For one, ballot initiatives are too hard to change. Prop 13 capped California property taxes at 1%  in the late '70s, and there's not a thing the legislature can do about it. I don't know whether 1% is fair or not—maybe it is—but I am pretty sure my opinion could change. As it stands, the legislature is powerless to change things without another statewide referendum. That's nuts. I could perhaps get behind something so permanent for a landmark civil rights issue, but not tax policy.
Second, ballot initiatives hamper compromise. And that's what government is, really: an endless series of compromises. You get your road, I get my park. Unfunded mandates are the worst: "You must spend $X every year. We don't know who's going to pay for it, whether it's necessary or produces results, whether it's fair, or whether there's a recession or other legislative priorities. Just spend it, every year, from now to eternity."
SF Chronicle: California initiative process is out of control (Sept 7, 2018)
 Technically just the ad valorem (value-based) portion. We still have plenty of parcel taxes in Oakland of the form, "$300 for violence prevention", but they have to be a fixed amount that isn't tied to value.