Advocacy

2018 Legislative Advocacy

East Bay EDA's Legislation and Advocacy Committee lends expertise and guides messaging to communicate East Bay EDA's perspective on important policy matters and ballot measures which may affect regional competitiveness. The Committee reviews proposed legislation and certified ballot measures and makes recommendations for East Bay EDA's endorsements.

Please call East Bay EDA at 510-272-3885 if you have additional questions. 

 

Measure FF (No-Tax-Increase Extension of Measure CC) – SUPPORT

Measure FF will increase East Bay Regional Parks’ funding for continued funding for fire hazard reduction, firefighters, and sustainable forest management, consistent with the Park District’s approved and fully permitted Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan.  Measure FF will appear on both Alameda and Contra Costa County ballots in the communities of Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Alameda, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Sobrante, and KensingtonMeasure FF is an extension of Measure CC which was passed by voters in 2004.  Measure CC is an existing $12/year ($1/month) parcel tax. Measure CC is set to expire soon.

 

CA Proposition 1, Veteran and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 – SUPPORT

CA Prop 1 will help veterans with affordable housing, and others will also benefit from the infusion of monies in targeted housing funds for home ownership, transit-oriented development, workforce housing and pre-fab home use, among other things.  With the absence of redevelopment monies, we have seen the impact on limited development of affordable housing.  Prop 1 provides some significant remedy to the loss of these monies and replenishes much-needed funding to build housing for some of California’s must vulnerable populations. We hope this legislation will also lead to workforce housing support for occupations essential to communities such as teachers, childcare workers and other service workers.

 

CA Proposition 4, Children’s Hospital Bonds Act of 2018 – SUPPORT

CA Prop 4 would authorize $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds to the Children’s Hospital Bond Act Fund.  Many low-income and Medi-Cal families depend on Children’s Hospital for the care of their infants and children.  The Medi-Cal reimbursement rates do not adequately support true operational costs, and in order to continue meeting the medical needs of an economically diverse population, additional financial support is required.  As a high level, cross-sector organization providing support and services for business attraction, retention and growth in the East Bay region, we see the additional resources provided through the Children’s Hospital Bond of 2018 as a critical support for the 13 regional children’s hospitals in our state over the next 15 years. 

 

CA Proposition 6, Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for those Purposes. Requires any Measure to Enact Certain Vehicle Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Submitted to and Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment (Repeal of SB1 Gas Tax) – OPPOSE

CA Prop 6 would repeal the gas and diesel taxes and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017 and require voter approval or fuel tax and vehicle fee increases in the future.  Repeal of Prop 6 will stop important projects already in process and eliminate the funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road, transportation and public transit improvement projects currently being Implemented in our state.  Our cities and towns cannot support our ever-growing maintenance needs by themselves.  SB1 is a long-range resource that complements our local efforts to continuously keep our transit infrastructure sound and safe.

 

CA Proposition 10, The Affordable Housing Act (Repeal of Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act of 1995)– OPPOSE

CA Prop 10 is an initiated state statute that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (Costa-Hawkins), thus allowing local governments to adopt rent control ordinances. Prop 10 would also state that a local government's rent control ordinance shall not abridge a fair rate of return for landlords. We believe that Prop 10 will result in the return of extreme forms of rent control that would hurt owners of rental housing by extending rent control laws to single-family homes and new multi-family housing, institute vacancy controls, and promote litigation to protect the preservation of current living accommodations.  More importantly, we believe that Prop 10 will result in a disincentive for investors and developers to build rental housing which is needed to bring current housing costs down by increasing much wanted housing stock.  Proponents of Prop 10 are citing that the repeal will solve our state’s housing crisis, but it will actually exacerbate the problem by decreasing building activity.