2017 Policy Positions

The EBLC task forces continue to discuss many local and statewide policy issues. See below for some of our current positions.


TRANSPORTATION

SB 1 and ACA 5 / Beall & Frazier (Transportation funding and lockbox) - Support
The EBLC has spent years advocating for this kind of meaningful revenue and reform and is ready to get to work with local and state officials to make smart use of these tax dollars for the East Bay.

AB 758 / Baker & Eggman (BART to ACE) - Support
Would establish the Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority, which the EBLC would be a member, to plan and help deliver a cost-effective connection from the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).

HOUSING

SB 167 / Skinner (Housing accountability) - Support
Provides a legal tool for housing advocates when a jurisdiction rejects housing that is consistent with their general plan.

AB 199 / Chu (Prevailing wage on housing construction) - Oppose
This bill would require a prevailing wage for workers if any public funds are used for private development on private property. Public funds could be interpreted as broadly as a public easement. This will make building housing more expensive and pass that cost onto homebuyers. The Legislature should be looking for ways to make housing more affordable, not more expensive.

HEALTH

SB 562 / Lara (Single-payer health care) - Oppose Unless Amended
Enacts the Healthy California program, which is required to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage system for all California residents. While the EBLC may be supportive of single-payer in theory, this bill is riddled with flaws including a dismantling of managed and integrated care that would create an uncoordinated fee for service system and fails to outline any funding mechanism.

EDUCATION

SB 751 / Glazer & Hill (School district reserve caps) - Support
The EBLC supports a full elimination of the reserve cap for school districts, but this bill is a step in the right direction by raising the cap from 6 to 17 percent.

WATER

Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion - Support
Make use of Prop 1 funding to expand the current storage of Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Contra Costa County.

Construction of Sites Reservoir - Support
Make use of Prop 1 funding to complete a new off-stream reservoir in the Sacramento Valley.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Rule 12-16 - Oppose
This rule cost jobs without a clear benefit to air quality in refinery communities. There is also a question of whether this rule is beyond the Air District's authority.

Cap-and-Trade Extention - Support in principle
The EBLC has not taken a position on a specific bill, but we would strongly support a bill that extends cap-and-trade through 2030 on a 2/3 vote, leverages the program to improve local air quality, includes price containment measures, and ensures progress with ongoing LAO analyses. 


BROADBAND / TELECOMMUNICATIONS

SB 649 / Hueso (Small cell wireless permitting) - Support
This bill streamlines for the process for creating the infrastructure needed to support internet connectivity across the East Bay.


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