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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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East Bay Regional Park District
Measure FF - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

278,113 votos si (85.6%)

46,879 votos no (14.4%)

100% de distritos activos (582/582).

65,058 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Without increasing tax rates, to protect against wildfires; enhance public safety; preserve water quality, shorelines, urban creeks; protect redwoods and parklands in a changing climate; and restore natural areas, shall East Bay Regional Park District be authorized to extend an existing parcel tax of $1 monthly ($12/year) per single-family parcel and 69¢ monthly ($8.28/year) for multi-family units, raising approximately $3.3 million annually, to expire in 20 years?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Pros y Contras — Explicación objetiva con argumentos a favor y en contra

Fuente: League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville

La pregunta

Without increasing tax rates, to protect against wildfires; enhance public safety; preserve water quality, shorelines, urban creeks; protect redwoods and parklands in a changing climate; and restore natural areas, shall East Bay Regional Park District be authorized to extend an existing parcel tax of $1 monthly ($12/year) per single-family parcel and 69 cents monthly ($8.28/year) for multi-family units, raising approximately $3.3 million annually, to expire in 20 years.

 

La situación

In 2004 local voters overwhelmingly approved Measure CC to maintain our local parks and has been effectively monitored since that date. However, a new normal and critical needs within the East Bay emerged. 2018 has become the worst year on record California wildfires which has underscored the belief another wildfire in the East Bay like the1992 Oakland-Berkeley Hills Fires cannot be risked. This meant that continuing the park district’s approved Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan work was determined critical to reducing the risk of wildfires. In addition it was noted that there are 22 parks within East Bay that were established over 80 years ago. The natural and built infrastructure in these parks average over 60 years old, and continue to need more proactive investments. These older parks in the District include Alameda Point, Anthony Chabot, Crown Beach/Crab Cove,

Gateway, Kennedy Grove, Lake Chabot, Leona Canyon, Martin Luther King, Jr., McLaughlin Eastshore, Miller-Knox, Point Isabel, Point Molate, Point Pinole, Redwood, Roberts, Sibley/Huckleberry/ Claremont Canyon, Sobrante Ridge, Temescal, Tilden, and Wildcat Canyon. The Park District conducted public and stakeholder outreach to engage the community about local park and open space needs in the Measure CC area that included three community meetings, four public board meetings/hearings. They engaged key, long-time stakeholders, including the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, and Save the Redwoods League, among others. The resulting proposed list of services and projects to be funded by Measure FF were posted on the District’s website and available to the public for six months before the Board voted to place an extension measure on the ballot. On June 5, 2018, the East Bay Park District Board of Directors voted unanimously to place Measure FF on the November 2018 ballot.

 

La propuesta

Protects from wildfire and increase public safety

Measure FF is an extension of Measure CC, continuing existing voter-approved funding for Regional Parks in western Alameda and Contra Costa Counties without raising taxes. The proposal is to extend critically needed investments to protect from wildfires and increase public safety, as well as protect natural resources and enrich the natural habitat, enhance public access and enhance and maintain visitor use facilities. Measure FF provides a detailed plan to protect against wildfire and continue sustainable forest management practices in the East Bay Hills. This means enhancing and maintain natural habitats/stewardship/forest restoration efforts, continuing to reduce fire hazards in wildland-urban interface, and the creation of a sustainable redwood forest management plan.

Habitat restoration

Plans for Habitat Restoration center on restoring natural environments in parklands from Alameda to Richmond, which includes expanding water quality improvements efforts, reducing and repairing shoreline erosion and restoring urban creeks. Public Access Improvements proposed include providing regional green transportation and regional trails to expand urban access to parks. Visitor Facility Enhancements involve Environmental education projects as well as completing 50 new projects that includes addressing older parks and facilities that need improvements. projects include converting parkland from industrial to natural landscape at Gateway Regional Shoreline, redeveloping former GSA property at Crown Memorial State Beach, enhancing historic facilities at Tilden Regional Park, improving water quality at Temescal Regional Recreation Area, improving natural Habitat at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park, renovating Keller Beach and im0roving natural habitat at Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline and Repairing and upgrade marina at Lake Chabot Regional Park, to name a few of stewardship projects.

Visitor center enhancements

Enhancements involve completing 50 new projects that includes addressing older parks and facilities that need improvements. For example, the projects include converting parkland from industrial to natural landscape at Gateway Regional Shoreline, redeveloping former GSA property at Crown Memorial State Beach, enhancing historic facilities at Tilden Regional Park, improving water quality at Temescal Regional Recreation Area, improving natural Habitat at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park, renovating Keller Beach and improving natural habitat at Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline and Repairing and upgrade marina at Lake Chabot Regional Park, to name a few of stewardship projects. There are also a variety of Environmental education projects that will help communities to experience nature nearby that include providing interpretive and recreational staff at regional shoreline facilities, Redwood interpretation, and continuing the year-round operations at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda.

Efectos fiscales

Fiscal Effect: Measure FF is an extension of Measure CC (2004), and extends an existing parcel tax of $1 monthly ($12/year) per single-family parcel and 69 cents monthly ($8.28/year) for multi-family units. This measure would raise approximately $3.3 million annually, to expire in 20 years. The District’s voters previously authorized Measure CC, which is a special parcel tax assessment at the same rates that will expire on June 30, 2020. Passage of Measure FF will allow the continued collection of the amounts currently collected by Measure CC when Measure CC expires, without raising taxes. Measure FF has built- in taxpayer safeguards that includes the same effective fiscal accountability and transparency requirements included in Measure CC and regularly practiced by the Park District and monitored by their Budget and Finance Committees Measure FF will appear on ballots in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties in the communities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, and San Pablo. If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, the proceeds of the tax will be used for specific purposes and projects solely within western Alameda and Contra Costa counties, dedicated to East Bay Regional Parks.

Sus partidarios dicen

The threat of wildfires is real and potentially devastating to living trees, including precious redwood trees, wildlife residential areas, and generations of parkgoers. East Bay Regional Park District has led the way taking steps to prevent the risk of wildfires in our parks. Measure FF will continue that effort and extend critically needed park protections while keeping the current tax rate flat.

Without Measure FF, we risk cutbacks to the protections currently maintaining and safeguarding our parks.

Measure FF will increase public safety across all parks, preserve water
quality, protect natural habitats, improve public access to parks and trails, maintain and increase environmental education programs and upgrade erosion and control and nature- based flood protection.

Measure FF has carefully monitored, built-in taxpayer safeguards. All FF funds stay local, dedicated our local East Bay Regional Parks. Because of the prudent steps take to protect taxpayers, the Alameda County Taxpayers Association has endorsed Measure FF.

Supporters include: the Sierra Club, Save the Redwoods League, Golden Gate Audobon Society, Save the Bay, League of Women Voters of Bay Area, Alameda County Fire, Contra Costa Central Labor Council, Citizens for East Shore Parks, Oakland Chamber of Commerce, public safety officers, as well as neighborhood, civic and Labor leaders, environmentalists, and more.  

 

Sus oponentes dicen

* Opponents believe that the fire control methods within Measure FF to control invasive species are nothing but an attempt to clear cutting trees and they believe that some invasive species are more drought resistant than native species and thus the elimination of invasive species is misguided. They believe that construction near parks should be built with ignition-resistant materials rather than by tree removal.

* Some believe that those who support removing these trees are misleading the community with false promises that cleared areas will be replanted with different vegetation, but they say that there are no such plans.

* Opponents to Measure FF say it includes the destruction of trees by chemical applications for “native plant restoration” and misguided fire hazard mitigation policies that actually cause greater fire danger.

* The use of pesticides to solve ecological imbalance is shortsighted. Pesticides harm anyone or anything in its pathway. Herbicides persists in the environment for decades, are endocrine disrupters, carcinogens, neurotoxic, cause chronic illness and ecological harm, including threatening endangered species. Opponents include: Forest Action Brigade, East Bay Pesticide Alert,

Save East Bay Hills, San Francisco Alliance, Fire and Cancer Survivors, Environmentalists, and park lovers.

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Contra Costa County Elections Department

ANALYSIS BY THE COUNTY OF ALAMEDA COUNTY
COUNSEL OF AN EAST BAY REGIONAL PARK DISTRICT 
SPECIAL PARCEL TAX MEASURE

 

Measure FF, an East Bay Regional Park District (“District”) special parcel tax measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to levy an annual special parcel tax in the amount of $12 per dwelling unit on each single-family residential property and $8.28 per dwelling unit on each multi-family residential property for a period of 20 years, beginning in Fiscal Year 2020-2021. The District’s voters previously authorized Measure CC, which is a special parcel tax assessment at the same rates that will expire on June 30, 2020. Passage of Measure FF will allow the continued collection of the amounts currently collected by Measure CC when Measure CC expires. 

The tax will be levied on parcels within the East Bay Regional Park District Community Facilities District No. A/C-3 (“CFD”). The qualified electors are the registered voters within the CFD. If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, a special parcel tax will be imposed annually for 20 years at the rates described above. The tax will be collected by the Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector at the same time and in the same manner as ad valorem property taxes are collected, provided that the District may directly bill or collect the special tax at a different time or manner if necessary to meet the CFD financial obligations.

If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, the proceeds of the tax will be used for specific purposes and projects solely within the CFD territory or vicinity. These projects include, among others, wildfire protection, public safety enhancements, water quality preservation, and natural area restoration. The measure provides for an annual report and public accounting of the use of tax proceeds. 

If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail, and the District will not be authorized to levy this special tax. 

This measure is placed on the ballot by the governing board of the District. 

DONNA R. ZIEGLER
County Counsel

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure FF, which is printed in full in this sample ballot pamphlet. If you desire an additional copy of the measure, please call the Elections Official’s office at (510) 272-6933 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also access the full text of the measure on the Alameda County website at the following address: www.acgov.org/rov/.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

WITHOUT raising your tax rate

,VOTE YES on Measure FF to extend, and maintain critical investments in local East Bay Regional Parks, reduce the risk of wildfires, save redwoods, preserve water quality, and increase park safety for all.

In 2004 local voters overwhelmingly approved Measure CC to maintain our local parks. Your support has made a difference. Now, Measure FF seeks your support to extend this vital funding to maintain our investment in wildfire protection, public access, urban creeks and water quality, and natural habitat preservation – all for ONLY $1 a month, keeping your tax rate flat.

2018 has become the worst year on record for California wildfires. The new normal is more wildfires leaving more destruction across the state. We cannot risk another wildfire in the East Bay like The 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Hills Fire. Measure FF will continue the park district’s approved Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan work to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Measure FF also provides a detailed plan built with environmental and community leader input to:

  • Increase public safety across all parks (including wildfire protection)
  • Preserve water quality, shorelines, urban creeks and coastal areas
  • Protect natural habitats for birds, wildlife and endangered species
  • Improve trails and public access to parks and trails
  • Maintain and increase environmental education programs
  • Upgrade erosion control and nature-based flood protection

Measure FF has built-in taxpayer safeguards. ALL MEASURE FF FUNDS STAY LOCAL, dedicated to East Bay Regional Parks only. Because of the prudent steps taken to protect taxpayers, the Alameda County Taxpayers Association has endorsed Measure FF.

Help keep local parks safe, clean and protected from wildfires – WITHOUT raising your tax rate. Remember, they are YOUR parks – these parks belong to YOU.

Please join the Regional Parks Foundation, Sierra Club, Save the Redwoods League, Golden Gate Audubon Society, firefighters, public safety officers, neighborhood, civic and Labor leaders, environmentalists, park enthusiasts, and residents across our community VOTING YES on Measure FF to continue protecting our parks.

VOTE YES on FF. Thank you!

Learn more at www.YesEastBayParks.com

Alameda County Fire Department, David Rocha, Fire Chief
Barbara Lee, Congresswoman, 13th District
Sierra Club East Bay Public Lands Committee, Norman La Force, Chair
Golden Gate Audubon Society East Bay Conservation Committee, Pam Young, Chair
Alameda County Taxpayers Association, Dan B. Walden, Executive Director

— Contra Costa County Elections Department

Argumento EN CONTRA

We love public parks, and we support taxation which benefits the common good. Nevertheless, we urge a NO vote. East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) has previously used this measure to destroy, unnecessarily, thousands of healthy trees under pretexts such as “hazardous tree” designations and “protection against wildfires”. But fire experts point out that tree shade retains moisture, thereby reducing fire danger. The measure has also funded so-called “restoration”—large-scale destruction of “non-native” plants, in a futile attempt to transform the landscape back to some idealized previous “native” era.

EBRPD’s restoration and tree-cutting projects often utilize pesticides, including glyphosate (Roundup), triclopyr, and imazapyr. We agree with the groundswell of public sentiment opposing the spending of tax dollars on pesticides applied to public lands. Not only do pesticides destroy the soil microbiome; they also migrate into air, water and soil, severely harming plants, animals, and humans. Because EPA pesticide regulation, especially under the current administration, is inadequate, it is imperative that local jurisdictions exercise greater oversight. While EBRPD utilizes “Integrated Pest Management” which limits pesticide use, we strongly advocate a no pesticide policy, with a concomitant commitment of resources.

Given the terrifying pace of climate change, it is indefensible to target certain species of trees for eradication. All trees—not just “natives”—are the planet’s “lungs,” breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen. When a tree is destroyed, its air-cleansing function is forever eliminated, and its stored carbon is released into the atmosphere, thus worsening climate change.

Throughout history, plants, animals, and humans have migrated when their given habitats became unlivable. Adaptation to new environments is at the heart of evolutionary resilience. To claim that some species “belong here” and others do not strikes us as unscientific xenophobia.

Until EBRPD modifies its approach, we urge a NO vote.

Forest Action Brigade, Marg Hall, President
Forest Action Brigade, Jean Stewart, Member
Forest Action Brigade, Teri Smith, Member
Forest Action Brigade, Tanya Smith, Member

— Contra Costa County Elections Department

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

Climate change is causing terrifying wildfires across the world. According to fire research, vegetation management near housing is wise, but the benefits of thinning forests in distant areas, away from housing, are unproven. Even within “defensible space” (within 100 feet of structures,) cutting all trees is inadvisable. And yet we’ve observed East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) destroying entire groves of “non-native” species. This irresponsible approach scapegoats trees, creates a false sense of security, and worsens climate change!

Extreme fires are primarily driven by temperature, moisture content and wind, not a particular tree species. Attempts to control nature by eradicating a species that has demonstrated remarkable climate-resilience (unlike many “native” species) is foolhardy. Fire scientists advocate tackling wildfires by constructing homes of ignition-resistant materials.

Use of pesticides to solve perceived ecological imbalances is particularly problematic. EBRPD has even employed aerial spraying to eradicate “non-native” plants. Do you really want YOUR parks poisoned, using YOUR tax dollars? EBRPD’s “Integrated Pest Management” is a positive small step, but we call for a bolder approach: no pesticides! If organic farmers can do it, so can EBRPD!

In truth, we champion most of Measure FF’s intended purposes. We love our parks and want to protect them—from poisons and unnecessary tree-cutting. The Measure promises “environmental and community leader input,” but over the years we’ve steadfastly provided community input, to no avail.

Please join Forest Action Brigade, East Bay Pesticide Alert, Save East Bay Hills, San Francisco Forest Alliance, fire survivors, cancer survivors, environmentalists, park lovers, dog walkers, water drinkers, and air breathers. Vote NO on Measure FF.

Peter Gray Scott, Architect
Jean Stewart, Botanist, Former Pesticide Researcher
Maxina Ventura, East Bay Pesticide Alert
Mary McAllister, Webmaster of Million Trees Blog

— Contra Costa County Elections Department

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

The individuals who signed the opposition statement may be well intended, but their message is inaccurate.

Here are the facts:

FACT: The threat of wildfires is REAL and potentially devastating to living trees, including precious redwood trees, wildlife, residential areas, and generations of parkgoers.

FACT: East Bay Regional Park District has led the way taking steps to prevent the risk of wildfires in our parks. Measure FF will continue that effort. Your YES VOTE EXTENDS CRITICALLY NEEDED PARK PROTECTIONS while keeping the current tax rate FLAT.

FACT: The park district’s community-built wildfire reduction plan is ENDORSED by the Sierra Club, Golden Gate Audubon Society, and Save the Redwoods League.

FACT: Measure FF extends funding to protect redwood trees, water quality, shorelines, safe havens for wildlife, and natural habitats for endangered species.

FACT: Without Measure FF, we risk cutbacks to the protections currently maintaining and safeguarding our parks. Measure FF will: increase public safety across all parks, including wildfire protection; preserve water quality, shorelines, urban creeks and coastal areas; protect natural habitats for birds, wildlife and endangered species; improve public access to parks and trails; maintain and increase environmental education programs; and upgrade erosion control and nature- based flood protection

FACT: Measure FF has built-in taxpayer safeguards. ALL FF FUNDS STAY LOCAL, dedicated to our local East Bay Regional Parks.

Stand with us. You’ll be in good company. To continue protecting our parks, join the Sierra Club, Save the Redwoods League, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Save the Bay, The Alameda County Taxpayers Association, firefighters, public safety officers, neighborhood, civic and Labor leaders, environmentalists, park enthusiasts, and residents across our community VOTING YES on Measure FF.

PLEASE – Vote Yes on Measure FF.

www.YesEastBayParks.com

Kenneth S. Blonski, Retired Fire Chief, Richmond Resident
United Seniors of Alameda County, Chonita Chew, Community Organizer
Save the Bay, David Lewis, Executive Director
Audree V. Jones-Taylor, Park User, Retired City of Oakland Parks and Recreation Director
Save The Redwoods League, Sam Hodder, President and CEO

— Contra Costa County Elections Department

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