2018 Policy Positions

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

If you have any questions, please contact the EBLC's Policy Director, Josh Huber (email).

 

HEALTH CARE

Measure U (Livermore healthcare price caps) - Oppose
The ballot measure would institute price caps on healthcare services in Livermore at 115% of providers’ cost. This appears to be the first ordinance of its kind.

AB 3087 / Kalra (Healthcare price controls) - Oppose
Price controls restrict supply without affecting costs.

 

HOUSING

Proposition 10 (Rent Control Rules) - Oppose
The proposition would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which restricts how local governments can enact rent control ordinances.

AB 2890 / Ting (Accessory dwelling units) - Support
The bill removes unreasonable zoning rules that prevent many ADUs from being built.

SB 1227 / Skinner (Student housing) - Support
The bill requires cities and counties to grant a density bonus when an applicant for a housing development of five or more units agrees to construct 20% of the total units for lower-income students.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Proposition 6 (Gas Tax Repeal)  - Oppose
This proposition would repeal the gas tax and other fuel and car fees and require voter approval for all transportation-related tax increases in the future.

AB 3034 / Low (Employer-relations at SF BART)  - Oppose
This bill places supervisory, professional, and technical employee units of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District under the Meyer-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) and brings them under the jurisdiction of the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).

Proposition 69 (Transportation funding lockbox on June Ballot) - Support
Would require revenues generated by a 2017 transportation funding law (SB 1) be used only for transportation purposes, including public transportation.

AB 1905 / Grayson (CEQA process for transportation projects) - Support
Would prohibit a court from staying or enjoining a transportation project that would reduce total vehicle miles traveled, that is included in a sustainable communities strategy, and for which an environmental impact report has been certified, unless the court makes specified findings.

Regional Measure 3 (Bay Area bridge toll increase for transportation improvements on June Ballot) - Support
The RM3 plan builds on improvements from past local transportation measures and adds to them by including funding to replace BART’s obsolete railcars, extend BART to San Jose and Santa Clara, ease some of the worst freeway bottlenecks in the East Bay, significantly expand and improve ferry service, accelerate planning for a second Transbay rail crossing. The plan also calls for robust public oversight and accountability measures.

 

WATER

Prop 3 (Water Bond on November Ballot) - Support
The measure would issue $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects and generate about $8.4 billion in interest over a 40-year period.

Prop 68 (Parks, Environment, and Water Bond on June Ballot) - Support
Authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds for creation and rehabilitation of state and local parks, natural resources protection projects, climate adaptation projects, water quality and supply projects, and flood protection projects.

Prop 72 (Property tax exemption for rainwater capture facilities on June Ballot) - Support
Amends the California Constitution to permit the Legislature to exempt the construction or addition of rain-capture systems from the types of construction that require a property-tax reassessment.

Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion and Prop 1 Funding - Support
Expand current water storage at Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Contra Costa County and support Prop 1 funding (2014) from the State of California for the project.

Construction of Sites Reservoir and Prop 1 Funding - Support
Complete a new off-stream reservoir in the Sacramento Valley and support Prop 1 funding (2014) from the State of California for the project.


ENVIRONMENTAL
Prop 70 (Cap and trade program spending plan on June Ballot) - Support
Requires a one-time 2/3 vote by the legislature for a cap and trade program spending plan.

AB 1745 / Ting (Zero emission vehicles) - Oppose
Would prohibit the new registration of a motor vehicle unless it is a zero emissions vehicle after 2040. This is a ban without a plan.

 

OTHER

AB 33 / Quirk (Securitization vehicle for Pacific Gas & Electric) - Support
Would help PG&E finance the costs of the 2017 wildfire damages at the lowest possible interest rate through a creative financing mechanism called securitization. 

Cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program / CalFresh - Oppose
SNAP does not only benefit low‐income families; it also benefits our local economy and businesses that serve our low and moderate‐income communities.

 

Click here for the 2017 advocacy tracker >>

 

 


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