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BPA Local & Regional Ballot Measure Endorsements, Endorsements of Regional Candidates

Ballot Measures

Renewal of BSEP School Tax     Berkeley Measure E-1–YES: This tax was first passed by Berkeley voters in 1986 (Measure C).  Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP) revenues in 2014-15 totaled  about $25 million, representing about 20% of the budget. It requires a two-thirds vote to pass. Things it funds include school libraries, music programs, and support for struggling students. Crucially it helps fund enough teachers to keep class sizes small. It would be a disaster for the schools if the tax were not renewed. More info: http://www.bsep2016.org

Tax on larger landlords for affordable housing   Berkeley Measure U-1–YES YES YES, Berkeley Measure DD —NO NO NO NO:  Measure U1 increases the business license tax on owners of five or more units. It would generate about $4 million annually in new revenue for affordable housing.  The Housing  Advisory Committee would advise the City Council on how to spend the money and would track how it’s used. Over time revenues would increase as the tax is applied to newer housing. The revenues generated could help fund as many as 40 affordable units per year, and more in later years.Don’t be fooled by deceptive mailers from the BPOA supporting Measure DD, which features a much smaller tax increase that would fund many fewer units and would not exempt smaller landlords. Vote YES ON U1; vote NO on phony DD.  U1 is fairly complicated; more info here: http://www.fundaffordablehousing.org

Public Financing of Elections for Mayor and Council –Berkeley Measure X-1–YES: This measure would reduce the influence of special interest contributions and
outside money in our local elections. Candidates who reject money from special
interest PACs and accept contributions of only $50 or less would receive matching funds.
This is important as it would help progressive candidates be competitive in races
where their major opponents are often receive money from special interests. For more info: http://www.yesonx1.org

Rent Stabilization Board Amendment on Evictions – Berkeley Measure AA–YES: Will prohibit owner move-in evictions of families with children during the academic year;
increases the amount of relocation assistance for owner move-in evictions to $15,000
since moving in Berkeley is very expensive. There is no organized opposition to this measure.

Minimum wage measures – Berkeley Measure BB–NO NO NO, Berkeley Measure CC–NO NO NO: Supporters of both BB and CC reached a compromise and both have withdrawn
support for their respective measures. The City Council voted unanimously to adopt
an ordinance that will increase the minimum wage so that it reaches $15.00 an
hour in October 2018. For the details: https://berkeleyprogressivealliance.org/2016/09/25/how-the-15-minimum-wage-was-won-in-berkeley-the-details-back-story/

 Affordable Housing Bond – Alameda County Measure A-1–YES: Most of the money from this bond will go to creation and preservation of  affordable rental housing. Also includes down payment assistance loans  for middle income working families loans to help disabled, seniors and other low-income homeowners to remain in their homes.  Berkeley would get upwards of $15.8 million from this bond. More info: http://www.affordablealameda.com

AC Transit Funding – Alameda County Measure C-1–YES:  This would extend the existing parcel tax to maintain essential bus service for the East Bay. Revenues for this tax are essential for maintaining bus service in Berkeley and in neighboring cities served by AC Transit. For more info: http://www.transformca.org/transform-blog-post/keep-ac-transit-affordable-and-reliable-vote-yes-measure-c1

BART Bond Measure–YES on RR: To rebuild BART to make it safer and more reliable. Will fund new train cars,  replace worn track, make earthquake safety and structural repairs, new maintenance facilities to keep the maximum number of trains in operation, a modernized train control system to reduce waiting and delays. More info: http://www.yesforbart.com. Also click here: http://www.transformca.org/transform-blog-post/transform-endorses-barts-2016-funding-measure

Regional Candidates

Peralta Colleges Board Area 4 –  Nicky Gonzalez Yuen: Nicky has spearheaded  the Peralta District’s Environmental Sustainability policies and deserves re-election. In addition he has been active locally in efforts to increase the minimum wage and has
endorsed Jesse Arreguin for mayor of Berkeley and the CALI Rent Board slate. More info: http://nickygy.org

BART Board of Directors, District  – Lateefah Simon: A BART rider, Lateefah is running against an incumbent who has adopted an anti-union stance and was the only BART director to vote against the contract settlement with BART unions in 2014. Lateefah is endorsed by the Sierra Club. More info: http://www.lateefahforbart.com

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