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San Diego, Measure B

Both Measures A and B on the San Diego County March ballot deal with housing development in the county’s unincorporated areas. While Measure A is designed to increase public oversight and approval over any large development project in San Diego County, Measure B reaffirms the approval of a specific large development project called Newland Sierra by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. 

San Diego County’s Measure B would uphold the approval of Newland Sierra, a planned high density development just north of Escondido on land currently zoned as rural or semi-rural. The Newland Sierra project would build 2,135 homes on land previously zoned for 99 residences, as well as the development of about 2 million square feet of commercial space. In addition to approving the land rezoning, the San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors approved an amendment to the county’s development guidelines specifically for Newland Sierra.

The Supervisors have failed to set in place any long-term action plans on affordable housing or climate for the county, which is how Newland Sierra was approved with no affordable housing guarantees in part of the county identified by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as an area of severe fire danger. 

Proponents of Measure B argue that a legal agreement signed by the the developer of the project guarantees affordable housing be included in the project, and that the project will help alleviate the housing crisis in the area. Opponents of Measure B, have pointed out that the signed legal agreement can be changed at any time by the developer and is therefore not enforceable by the county or the public. This is a strong example of how developers are often irresponsible stewards of our responsibility to build and expand affordable housing, while making sure that this housing is built in areas safe from excessive wildfire danger.

We recommend a NO on Measure B. 

No on Measure D Marin

Measure D would require the community to approve any plans to turn the former San Geronimo golf course site into anything other than a golf course. As opponents point out, the former course, now owned by the non-profit Trust for Public Land (TPL), is already closed and TPL has allowed the site to grow wild. The passage of Measure D would simply slow down the process of making it into a park, which TPL has successfully done with the over 4,000 parks it has created and protected since 1972.

In addition, passing measure D would prevent the possibility of increased fire safety in Marin, as one potential additional use for the site is to move the Marin County Fire Department headquarters from its current antiquated facilities to the former golf course.

We strongly recommend a NO vote on Measure D.

Spokane Prop 2

Washington has the most regressive tax code in the nation—low-income people pay seven times more than the wealthy. Spokane Proposition 2 would severely restrict efforts to balance our upside-down tax code and make the wealthy pay their share.

While proponents want to focus on an income tax, Proposition 2 would go much farther than that. This far-reaching proposition would prohibit a capital gains tax on the profits from the sale of stock and bonds. In addition, it would prohibit a B&O tax on corporations operating in Spokane.

Spokane Prop 1

Proposition No. 1 is a misleading effort by anti-worker groups that want to undermine labor unions. It would needlessly expose sensitive bargaining discussions involving pay, benefits, and workplace safety issues to the public and undermine the crucial bargaining process. Far-right groups have been pushing these measures locally as a way to make it more difficult for workers to negotiate a good contract by interjecting themselves into workplace bargaining.

Don't let conservatives attack labor unions and working families. Vote NO on Spokane Proposition No. 1.

Advisory Vote 21

Legislators passed Engrossed Third Substitute House Bill 1324, also known as the Washington Rural Development and Distressed Opportunity Zone Act, that extends a business and occupation tax preference for timber companies. In addition, part of HB 1324 raises a small amount of revenue from timber companies for salmon recovery, which is what led to Advisory Vote 21.

Initiative 976

Initiative 976 is Tim Eyman's latest attempt to cut billions of dollars in funding from badly-needed transportation projects across the state. I-976 would derail our ability to fix dangerous roads, retrofit outdated bridges and overpasses, complete voter-approved light rail, provide transit for riders with disabilities, and more. More than $12 billion would be slashed from state and local projects with no plan for replacing any of the funding.

I-1634

Initiative 1634 would prevent cities and counties in Washington from passing new taxes on sugary beverages. Such taxes are aimed at discouraging people from buying sweetened drinks that have been linked to type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and tooth decay.