The Berkeley Police Association has joined the large coalition of civic, environmental, labor, business and
professional organizations who warn against the disastrous consequences that Measure R would bring.
“The Berkeley Police Association recognizes that Measure R could stifle the Downtown’s welcome revitalization and significantly reduce City revenues needed to ensure public safety and provide other City services,” said Chris Stines, Association President.
The Association’s “No on R” endorsement coincides with the growing community understanding that this stringent anti-growth measure threatens Berkeley’s future well-being in several ways.
One of the biggest losses would be reduced City government revenue, meaning less funding for vital City services, including police and fire. The impacts estimated that the measure could reduce potential City tax revenues by $1.3 million and Berkeley schools revenue by $1 million.
Measure R backers deceptively claim that the measure will force developers to deliver more green community benefits than they provide now under the City’s award-winning Downtown Plan. Don’t be fooled by this green-washing subterfuge. The true impact of Measure R would be fewer benefits because its new fees and requirements are so prohibitive that major new housing and office buildings would be financially infeasible, according to the .
Similarly, Measure R backers falsely claim that the “No on R” campaign is a tool of developers, a claim easily refuted by the broad alliance of organizations and community leaders who have studied Measure R and taken public stands against it:
- Greenbelt Alliance
- Alameda County Labor Council (representing 100,000 East Bay workers)
- Alameda County Democratic Party
- Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
- League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay
- Berkeley Democratic Club (oldest and largest Democratic club in Alameda County)
- Downtown Berkeley Association
- Alameda County Building Trades Council (28 affiliated unions)
- Hotel, Food Service and Gaming Workers Local 2850 (also known as Unite Here!)
- Livable Berkeley
- Berkeley Design Advocates
- State Senator Loni Hancock (representing Berkeley)
- Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (representing Berkeley)
- Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
- Berkeley City Councilmember Laurie Capitelli
- Berkeley City Councilmember Linda Maio
- Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore
- Berkeley City Councilmember Susan Wengraf
- Berkeley City Councilmember Gordon Wozniak
- 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)
- Downtown Berkeley Association President Susan Medak
- And scores of others! See longer list here …