Urban Habitat has taken positions on the following ballot measures. These measures will have a significant impact in housing and transit justice for low-income communities and communities of color in the Bay Area.
RR, BART Regional Bond Safety, Reliability and Traffic Relief: Support
The $3.5 billion bond supports maintenance of the current BART system. None of the funds would go to system expansion.
C1, AC Transit Parcel Tax Extension: Support
This measure would reauthorize the agency’s existing $96 parcel tax, set to sunset in 2018. The measure would extend the parcel tax for another 20 years with no increase. It provides over $30 million annually to support AC Transit bus service.
A1, Alameda County Affordable Housing Bond: Support
Measure A1 will provide $580 million in investment in affordable homes for low-income renters, homeownership, and an Innovation Fund to seek new solutions to the housing crisis.
Contra Costa County
X, Contra Costa County Transportation Sales Tax Measure: Oppose
Urban Habitat participated in the early stages of the planning process and expenditure plan committee. Our assessment is that the 30 year $2.87 billion measure does not adequately meet the transportation needs of low-income communities of color and transit-dependent riders. The proposed measure also fails to include significant funds for the county bus network, equitable investments in fare affordability, and will not meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Santa Clara County
A, Santa Clara County Affordable Housing Bond: Support
Measure A is a $950 million bond that will provide affordable housing for thousands of residents, including communities most marginalized and impacted by the housing crisis.
B, Santa Clara County Transportation Sales Tax Measure: Support
Measure B is a 30-year ½ cent sales tax estimated to generate $6.3 billion for transportation projects including $500 million for priorities identified by the South Bay Transit Justice Alliance for transit service improvements for transit-dependent communities.
AA, Berkeley Rent Board Ordinance: Support
Measure AA amends the Rent Stabilization Ordinance to provide tenants with children and elderly, disabled, and working-class tenants with more comprehensive protections, such as prohibiting owner move in evictions of families with children during the academic year and increase the amount of relocation assistance required for owner move-in evictions.
U1, Berkeley Rental Unit Business License Tax: Support
Measure U1 will generate approximately $3.9 million in affordable housing funds by increasing the business license tax for landlords with five or more residential rental units and direct the Housing Advisory Commission to make recommendations on programs to increase affordable housing in the City of Berkeley.
R, Community Protection Ordinance: Support
Measure R will help prevent unlawful evictions, stop predatory rent increases, and create a formal process to review complaints and petitions by tenants or landlords. Supported by the Burlingame Advocates for Renter Protections.
L, Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance: Support
Measure L will establish a Rent Board that will set reasonable limits on rent increases to create a formal process to protect the interests of tenants and landlords. Supported by the Fair and Affordable Richmond Coalition.
J, Transportation equity charter amendment, and Proposition K, General sales tax for transportation and homeless services: Support
These two propositions are companion measures that must be passed together. Proposition J creates two set aside funds, the Transportation Improvement Fund and the Homeless Housing and Services Fund. Proposition K is a general sales tax of 0.75% for the next 25 years that will provide the revenue for these funds, raising $100 million annually for investments in transit and $50 million annually for homeless services.
M, San Francisco Creation of Housing and Community Development Commission: Support
Proposition M will create an independent commission, the Housing and Development Commission, to oversee the Department of Economic and Workforce Development and the Department of Housing and Community Development and expands community engagement in the city’s housing and development decisions.
P, San Francisco Competitive Bidding for Affordable Housing Projects on City-Owned Property: Oppose
Proposition P would delay the pipeline of affordable housing and advance the interests of for-profit developers.
W, San Francisco Fair Share for City College and Stronger Services Transfer Tax: Support
Proposition W would slightly raise the transfer tax for luxury real estate properties worth over $5 million to generate $44 million a year to strengthen San Francisco's city services including education and affordable housing.
U, San Francisco Affordable Housing Requirements for Market Rate Development Projects: Oppose
Proposition U will double the income levels of those who qualify for affordable housing and as a result, incur greater profits for developers and eliminate affordable housing. The measure was put on the ballot by the real estate industry in order to co-opt “affordable housing.”
Q, Protect San Mateo Renters: Support
Measure Q sets an annual limit on rent increases, provides a process for tenants to appeal rent increases, and protects renters from evictions without cause in the City of San Mateo. Supported by Faith in Action Bay Area.