UPDATE: We are happy to report that Measure DD did not pass in the November 2016 election.
This measure was placed on the ballot to confuse voters and undermine support for Measure U1, a smart proposal for new affordable homes in the City of Berkeley.
To help address the Bay Area’s housing affordability crisis, the Berkeley City Council placed Measure U1 on the November 2016 ballot. Measure U1 generates much-needed funding to create more affordable homes in the city of Berkeley by raising the business license tax on owners of five or more residential rental units. It’s expected to raise up to $5 million dollars a year and create more than 400 affordable homes over the next ten years. Greenbelt Alliance is proud to be part of a broad coalition of organizations supporting Measure U1. (Read more about Measure U1 here.)
Unfortunately the Berkeley Property Owners Association (BPOA) has submitted a competing measure, Measure DD, hoping to confuse voters so that Measure U1 won’t pass. The BPOA measure would increase the business license fee by a small fraction of what’s proposed in Measure U1 and contains a variety of other poorly drafted provisions. Voters should reject it.
Both measures require a simple majority to pass.
Greenbelt Alliance urges everyone in Berkeley to vote NO on Measure DD.