NEW PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL ADVOCACY COMMITTEE!

Russ Feingold, a progressive leader in the Senate, was a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to January 2011. Because of his concern over what is, and isn’t, happening in Washington, he has started a new nonprofit political advocacy group called LegitAction focused on voters’ rights, campaign finance reform, protecting the independence of the U.S. Supreme Court, and abolishing the Electoral College.

For more information and to join this effort, go to LegitAction.

Al Miller
ECDC Past President

EC HRC RECOMMENDS SANCTUARY CITY STATUS

On Wednesday evening, March 1st, the HRC (Human Relations Commission of El Cerrito) adopted a motion to recommend that the El Cerrito City Council declare the City of El Cerrito a Sanctuary City and that the City adopt a proposed resolution drafted by the HRC subcommittee and City staff.

In addition, the HRC adopted a motion to recommend that the El Cerrito City Council support Senate Bill 54, “The California Values Act.”

Many community members gave additional insights and suggestions this evening to further improve the language and intent of the Sanctuary City legislation. This resolution, the context and recommendations will be brought forth to City Council at the March 21st meeting.

Anyone that would like to add perspectives can provide a written statement or voice positions and ideas at the March 21st council meeting.

Have questions? Want to provide feedback? Contact Karen Pinkos, Assistant City Manager.

Karen Pinkos, ICMA-CM
Assistant City Manager
City of El Cerrito
(510) 215-4302
KPinkos@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us

Thank you,
Georgina Edwards
Chair
El Cerrito Human Rights Commission

CCTA ADOPTS 30-YEAR PLAN

and Approves Placement Of Tax Measure On November 8 Ballot
If voters approve the measure, the tax revenue will fund the 30-Year Transportation Expenditure Plan

Walnut Creek, CA – The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) believes that the future success of Contra Costa County includes offering safe, reliable mobility for all. To provide funding for this goal, on Wednesday, July 20th, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority board – which includes representatives from all parts of the County – voted unanimously to put a tax measure on the November 8 ballot. If approved by voters, the ballot measure will fund transportation improvements throughout Contra Costa County, as outlined in CCTA’s transformative 30-year Transportation Expenditure Plan.

The proposed Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP) is the culmination of months of extensive public outreach, stakeholder engagement, and advocate input. The TEP has also been approved by all of Contra Costa’s 19 cities and towns, as well as the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. The plan focuses on innovative strategies and new technologies to promote a strong economy, protect the environment, and enhance the quality of life for all of Contra Costa’s diverse communities.

The CCTA Board is incredibly proud of the TEP. This is a transportation plan that reflects the values of our diverse region, has garnered broad support across the county, and will guide the next 30 years of transportation planning. If a supermajority of voters approve the tax measure in November, the tax revenue will provide necessary funding for the transportation improvements included in the TEP,” said Authority Board Special Meeting Chair Don Tatzin.

Contra Costa residents have made significant contributions to their transportation infrastructure since 1988, when voters passed Measure C, a half-cent sales tax dedicated to maintaining the ability of residents to travel safely and conveniently throughout the county. Measure C helped fund the BART extension to Pittsburg/Bay Point, built the Richmond Parkway, improved bicycle and pedestrian trails in the county, and invested more than $30 million in senior and disabled transit services.

In 2004, voters passed Measure J, which renewed the half-cent sales tax through 2034. Measure J has helped deliver the Fourth Bore of the Caldecott Tunnel, generated $1.3 billion dollars of investments to Highway 4 in Eastern Contra Costa County, including a BART extension to Antioch, and combined with Measure C has provided $286 million to Contra Costa’s cities and towns to maintain and repair local streets. The measure, which will appear on the November 8 ballot, will ask Contra Costa voters to approve a new half-cent sales tax that will generate $2.9 billion in revenues over 30 years to continue to improve the transportation system in Contra Costa.

The TEP includes plans to reduce congestion and smooth traffic; improve BART, bus, ferry, and train service; and fix local streets and roads. It also dedicates unprecedented funding to new technologies and bicycle and pedestrian improvements in every part of the county, to give commuters viable alternatives to driving and in the process help get them out of traffic.

The TEP builds on CCTA’s strong record of fiscal responsibility and includes strong taxpayer protections and accountability. A public oversight committee will provide independent review of all funds raised and spent. It will ensure that funds are spent only in accordance with the voter-approved plan and only to benefit Contra Costa County.

As we move into the future, Contra Costa’s economic strength is going to depend on people being able to travel quickly and conveniently throughout the county – to jobs, shopping and entertainment destinations, and everywhere else they need to go. This plan – and the measure that will fund the improvements it describes – helps make sure that is a reality in years to come,” said Tatzin.

To find out more information about the transportation improvements planned for the next 30 years – including projects in each of Contra Costa’s 19 cities and towns – and the tax measure, which will fund those plans if approved by voters on November 8, 2016, visit KeepContraCostaMoving.net.