It just seems logical to lump all of the California election news into its own paragraph this year. Let’s start with one of the big ones – gig economy companies won passage of Proposition 22, funded by Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and other third-party delivery services. The initiative, which passed by a 58-42% margin allows the companies to continue categorizing their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. On the idea of reinstating affirmative action, which state voters eliminated some 24 years ago, the California electorate rejected it by a 56-44% margin. Proposition 16, as it was known, would have rescinded Article 1, Section 31 of the state constitution banning the use of race- and sex-based preferences in government programs and legalized discrimination in government hiring and programs. The issue was largely brought to the fore by the college and university admissions process that gave members of certain minority classes preferential treatment in admissions, a practice that has been the subject of a host of discrimination lawsuits recently. It has also been employed over several years to provide race and gender-based preferences in government hiring and contracting. Proposition 24, which also passed with a 56% approval, expands upon the California Privacy Rights law enacted just 2 years ago. The 2018 law gave citizens the right to know what personal information tech companies were collecting about them. Prop 24 expanded the coverage of that law by protecting consumer health and religious information as well as sexual orientation and race. It also triples fines for companies that violate children’s privacy and, of course, creates a new state agency to enforce it. And finally, the results are not yet known on Proposition 15, which we told you about in early October. It would amend the 1978 law, Proposition 13, and increase commercial property taxes.