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Proposition 50

Official Title: Water Quality, Supply and Safe Drinking Water Projects. Coastal Wetlands Purchase and Protection. Bonds. Initiative Statute.






Official statewide election results are available from the Secretary of State's web site.

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Official Summary: Authorizes $3,440,000,000 general obligation bonds to fund a variety of water projects, including: Specified CALFED Bay-Delta Program projects including urban and agricultural water use efficiency projects; Grants and loans to reduce Colorado River water use; Purchasing, protecting and restoring coastal wetlands near urban areas; Competitive grants for water management and quality improvement projects; Development of river parkways; Improved security for state, local and regional water systems; Grants for desalination and drinking water disinfection. Appropriates money from state General Fund to pay off bonds. State cost of up to $6.9 billion over 30 years to pay off both the principal ($3.44 billion) and interest ($3.46 billion) costs on the bonds. Payments of about $230 million per year. Reduction in local property tax revenues, ranging from a few million dollars to roughly $10 million annually, about one-half of which would be offset by state payments to schools to make up their revenue loss. Unknown costs to state and local governments to operate or maintain properties or projects purchased or developed with these bond funds.

Web Sites



Contact Information


  California for Clean Water & Coastal Protection
926 J Street, Suite 907
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 669-4796


  People's Advocate Inc.
3407 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825

(916) 482-6175

Who Signed the Ballot Arguments




green check markBarbara Inatsugu, President, League of Women Voters   green check markEdward J. (Ted) Costa, Chairman, California Taxpayers Coalition
green check markDan Taylor, Vice President, Naional Audubon Society   green check markRichard Ahern, Vice President, Waste Watchers, Inc.
green check markMarguerite Young, California Director, Clean Water Action   green check markErnie Dynda, President, United Organizaions of Taxpayers
green check markDan Terry, President, California Professional Firefighters   green check markTom C. Rogers, Chairman, Citizens Against Unfair Taxation
green check markPhillip J. Pace, Chairman, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California    

News Coverage

For the most current election-related news stories, CVF recommends the Rough & Tumble web site.

please note: some of the links below may no longer work, because many newspaper web sites move stories into fee-based archives after a certain amount of time)
Prop. 50 seeks to ease water woes, The Argus, October 18, 2002
Bond measure promises more than just water, Sacramento Bee, October 11, 2002
Farmers divided on water bond, Bakersfield Californian, June 29, 2002
Water bond makes waves, Sacramento Bee, June 14, 2002
Water measure on ballot, Fresno Bee, June 3, 2002
Water bill less about concrete, Contra Costa Times, May 22, 2002
Opposition to proposed water bond voiced early, San Diego Union Tribune, December 27, 2001
$3.4 billion water bond vote possible, San Diego Union Tribune, November 17, 2001

For More Information, CVF Recommends...

  Secretary of State's Official Voter Information Guide

Text of the Measure

Official Pro/Con Arguments

Analysis by the Legislative Analyst

  Easy Reading Voter Guide

  The League of Women Voters Pro/Con Analysis

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This page first published September 24, 2002 -- last updated November 6, 2002