The El Cerrito Democratic Club endorsed the City of El Cerrito’s Measure R, a one-cent sales tax for 12 years to maintain current levels of public safety, including police services, neighborhood patrols, crime prevention programs, and rapid 9-1-1 response times, as well as after-school programs for children and teens and city parks, playfields, paths and open spaces.
A bill on the Governor’s desk, AB 1342, would allow Measure R (if passed by the voters in November) to be implemented. Current State law limits the amount of taxes that can be levied. This bill makes an exception for the City of El Cerrito.
We need to support this bill!
If it doesn’t get signed, Measure R cannot be implemented-meaning our City will not have the revenue it needs to support the services we expect, want and deserve.
Here is a link to the legislation:
You can call or email the Governor
Here is the website for submitting your comments:
Be sure to pick AB 1324 from the topics list.
Here is his phone number if you want to leave a voicemail, instead:
Here are some talking points:
Local economies are still struggling from the Great Recession and in El Cerrito, local property values have declined. Meanwhile, El Cerrito residents have also faced a rise in property crimes
AB 1324 is a practical, responsible bill that will allow Contra Costa cities like El Cerrito to maintain critical local services, such as current levels of public safety and police services, including neighborhood patrols, crime prevention programs, and rapid 9-1-1 response times.
El Cerrito needs local control over local funds, for local needs. AB 1324 simply allows local residents to determine what services they want, and how they want to pay them.
AB 1324 is a narrow, practical, responsible response to the Great Recession, declining property values, and increased property crimes.
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ASAP.