Californians normally have higher gas prices than the national average.
Before 2006, no U.S. state required voters to show government-issued photo ID at the polls in order to vote. Since then many states have passed such laws. According to studies by the Brennan Center for Justice, about 10 percent of voting-age Americans today do not have a driver's license or other state-issued photo ID.
THE ISSUE: As food trucks grow in popularity and become more of a presence in cities, a fight has emerged over how they should be regulated. Should cities monitor them for food safety only? Or restrict the time and place where they can operate?
THE ISSUE: Development in the "wildland-urban interface" is accelerating, along with Cal Fire's costs to protect private property from blazes. The Legislative Analyst's Office has long recommended a fee on owners of private land to cover a portion of Cal Fire costs. In 2011, the Legislature established a fire prevention fee of $150 on each home in the state's responsibility area. Collection begins this month.
THE ISSUE: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles convicted of murder violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Since California voters approved Proposition 115 in 1990, 16- and 17-year-olds convicted of murder with a special circumstance are sentenced to life without parole unless the judge finds 'good reason' to impose 25 years to life.
THE ISSUE: California residents seeking to vote must register 15 days before election day. In states with the highest voter turnout, however, potential voters may register and vote on election day, with face-to-face scrutiny of photo ID, documentation of current address, signing of an affadavit and heavy penalties for voter fraud.
California's tax on cigarettes, last raised in 1998, is 87 cents per pack, ranking 33rd among the states. The average tax in all 50 states is $1.46. Voters on June 5 will decide whether to raise California's tax to $1.87, ranking 16th among the states. The additional money would go to cancer research, smoking cessation, prevention of tobacco-related diseases and law enforcement.