The Berkeley Democratic Club – the largest and oldest Democratic club in Alameda County – voted overwhelmingly on Sept. 11 to oppose Measure R, the anti-growth rezoning initiative on the Berkeley ballot in November.
After presentations from both sides and many audience questions, the club agreed by an 82-percent majority to oppose the legally flawed, 28-page measure that would impose prohibitive new requirements on large new housing and office buildings in Berkeley’s Downtown.
The club joins a growing coalition of labor, environmental and civic organizations, as well as community leaders, who oppose Measure R.
- Greenbelt Alliance
- League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay
- Alameda County Labor Council (representing 100,000 East Bay workers)
- Alameda County Building Trades Council (28 affiliated unions)
- Hotel. Food Service and Gaming Workers Local 2850 (also known as Unite Here!)
- Downtown Berkeley Association
- Livable Berkeley
- Berkeley Design Advocates
- State Senator Loni Hancock
- Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
- Mayor Tom Bates and five other Berkeley City Council members
- East Bay MUD Board President Andy Katz (representing Berkeley)
- BART Board Director Rebecca Saltzman (representing Berkeley)
- UC Prof. Robert Reich (former U.S. Secretary of Labor)
- and many others
Opponentsrecognize that Measure R’s promises of green community benefits and new jobs with prevailing wages are empty campaign rhetoric. Measure R’s myriad fees and restrictions would kill new housing and other building projects. Measure R would also kill our Downtown revival, block affordable housing and reverse our progress in combatting climate change.
“Measure R is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Andreas Cluver, Executive Board Member of the Alameda County Labor Council, which represents 100,000 East Bay workers and which voted on Sept 8 against the measure. “It claims to support prevailing wage construction jobs, but is full of poison pills that would stop the very projects that are supposed to provide these good jobs.”
Measure R would prevent an estimated 1,300 units of transit-friendly housing units near BART, according to the . This loss of Downtown housing would exacerbate Berkeley’s critical housing shortage, undermine Downtown revitalization and harm the environment by increasing auto commuting and greenhouse gases.
Measure R also would shackle the city with rigid ballot-box planning.Small details and illegal provisions – such as requiring public restrooms in large residential buildings and reducing City flexibility in providing affordable housing – could not be fixed without another election.
For more information, please visit NoOnMeasureR.org .