Initiatives: an initiative (also known as a popular or citizens' initiative) is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can force a government to choose to either enact a law or hold a public vote.
Referendum: The referendum power is created by state constitutions and is conferred on the citizens of a state or a local subdivision of the state. Referendum provides the people with a means of expressing their opinion on proposed legislation before it becomes operative as a law. The power of referendum does not permit the people to invalidate a law that is already operative but suspends or annuls a law that has not yet gone into effect. In this sense, referendum is similar to a governor's Veto power. Also, by referendum the people may reinstate an act that the legislature has expressly repealed.
You can also learn more about your local or State Ballot Measures by visiting:
1) the California Secretary of State website: www.sos.ca.gov
2) Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's office website: www.lavote.net
3) Los Angeles City Clerk's office website: clerk.lacity.org
4) Ballotpedia website: www.ballotpedia.org
5) KCET: www.kcet.org/ballot-brief
6) CAL Matters: www.calmatters.org
7) League of Women Voters: www.lwv.org
8) Elect Justice CA: www.electjusticeca.org
9) CA Legislative Analyst's Office : www.lao.ca.gov
10) Orange County Registrar/Recorder's office: www.ocvote.com
Every year there are State, County or City measures that appear on the respective ballots for voters. This means that if you live in a particular city for example, (or district) then as a resident of that city you are the only one that will see that particular city measure on your ballot.
For the upcoming Presidential Election on Nov 3, 2020 below are State measures that will appear
on all California ballots:
14 - AUTHORIZES BONDS CONTINUING STEM CELL RESEARCH. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
15 - INCREASES FUNDING SOURCES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES BY CHANGING TAX ASSESSMENT OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
16 - ALLOWS DIVERSITY AS A FACTOR IN PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION, AND CONTRACTING DECISIONS. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT!
17-RESTORES RIGHT TO VOTE AFTER COMPLETION OF PRISON TERM.
18 - AMENDS CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION TO PERMIT 17-YEAR-OLDS TO VOTE IN PRIMARY AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS IF THEY WILL TURN 18 BY THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION AND BE OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
19 - CHANGES CERTAIN PROPERTY TAX RULES. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
20 - RESTRICTS PAROLE FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES CURRENTLY CONSIDERED TO BE NON- VIOLENT. AUTHORIZES FELONY SENTENCES FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES CURRENTLY TREATED ONLY AS MISDEMEANORS. INITIATIVE STATUTE
21 - EXPANDS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS' AUTHORITY TO ENACT RENT CONTROL. ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. INITIATIVE STATUTE
22 - EXEMPTS APP-BASED TRANSPORTATION AND DELIVERY COMPANIES FROM PROVIDING EMPLOYEE BENEFITS TO CERTAIN DRIVERS. INITIATIVE STATUTE
23 - ESTABLISHES STATE REQUIREMENTS FOR KIDNEY DIALYSIS CLINICS. REQUIRES ON- SITE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. INITIATIVE STATUTE
24 - AMENDS CONSUMER PRIVACY LAWS. INITIATIVE STATUTE
25 - REFERENDUM ON LAW THAT REPLACED MONEY BAIL WITH SYSTEM BASED ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND FLIGHT RISK