League of Women Voters, Pros & Cons of Oakland Measures

The League of Women Voters of Oakland chose AVC to produce six videos to provide voters unbiased information about the November ballot measures in Oakland.

Measure AA, the Oakland Children’s Initiative, would expand access to quality, affordable preschool for every 4-year old from a low-income background in Oakland. The measure would provide scholarships and financial aid to help increase graduation rates for over 10,000 children annually.  Measure AA would enact a parcel tax of $198 for 30 years on most single-family residences. Low income families and affordable housing projects would pay a reduced rate. The tax could be increased annually to reflect changes in the cost of living in the Bay Area.

Measure X proposes a graduated tax with lower rates for lower-cost properties and progressively higher rates for higher cost properties. This progressive real estate transfer tax could raise as much as nine million dollars in additional funds annually for Oakland fire, police, and other important city services.

If voters approve Measure Z this November, workers at hotels with more than 50 guest rooms will receive a larger minimum wage as well as more workplace protections. Measure Z increases the minimum wage for these hotels.

Measure Y is the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance

Voters in 2016 approved Measure EE which extended just cause eviction control to units occupied before 1996, but exempted owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes from eviction controls. This new proposed measure would remove those exemptions. In addition, it would empower the City Council to add limitations to the eviction control provisions without needing to go back to the voters.

Measure V: Oakland Marijuana Business Tax Amendments

A yes vote is a vote in favor of amending the marijuana business tax law to allow marijuana business to deduct the cost of raw materials from their gross receipts and to pay taxes on a quarterly basis; and allow the city council to amend the law in any manner that does not increase the tax rate. A no vote is a vote against amending the marijuana business tax law.

Measure W: Oakland Vacant Property Tax

A yes vote is a vote in favor of enacting a tax on property left vacant for over 50 days a year at annual rates of $6,000 per parcel and $3,000 for condominium units to fund resources to address homelessness and illegal dumping. A no vote is a vote against enacting a tax on property left vacant for over 50 days a year at annual rates of $6,000 per parcel and $3,000 for condominium units.

For more information contact:

Oakland League of Women Voters http://lwvoakland.org

Video produced by Audio Visual Consultants http://avconsultants.com

From Lori Leinke, League of Women Voters of Oakland to Mitch Silver AVC video editor:

We LOVE the videos,

you and Stu really did a stellar job and were great to work with.

 

 

 

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