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What’s, actually, in our Measures and Propositions: Measure B1

Residents from Alameda County have reviewed the entire = measure B1 = and have put together this article. Watch for other reviews during the next couple of weeks.


It’s important that the public read the full text.

For those who aren’t able to read it, some county residents have done it for us.  Here is the result of the Peoples’ review of B1.


Section 2, Section 5

Extending current 1/2% sale tax which should expire in March of 2022, but won’t


Section 3, Section 3.F, Section 5, Section 7

No Sunset

(Sunset Clause: A statement added to the end of a measure which causes the act to "sunset," or become ineffective, after a certain date.)


Section 5

Additional Retail Tax of ½%

(Will this hinder small businesses, and therefore jobs?)


Section 3.C, Section 7

Excise Tax imposed on Storage

(Warehouse taxes? More taxes on small businesses?)


Section 13

Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) handles bonds up to $1,000,000,000 

(Did we elect these people to this committee, or were they appointed?)


Section 15

Alameda CTC controls expenditures up to $800,000,000

(If we didn’t elect them, then who appointed them?)


Section 17

People who wish to contest B1 are LIMITED to six months.  If they miss the 6 months, this bill will be forevermore “incontestable”

(Should the people ever be restricted from questioning?)

Section 19

Expansion of Alameda CTC authority

(Can this county afford more government expansion of authority?)


Analysis by county council 

“The Alameda County Congestion Management Agency and the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority merged to create the Commission in July of 2010. The Commission has the authority to increase the transactions and use tax upon approval by two- thirds of the votes”  

(see link below – did you vote for any of these three groups?.....THEY WILL DECIDE which cities qualify to receive money)


In addition

to B1 full text, the 42 page "plan" automatically connects to B1 (see link below).


Page 2-9 Section “Bart to Livermore”

“The project-specific environmental process will include a detailed alternative assessment of all fundable and feasible alternatives, and be consistent with mandates, policies and guidance of federal, state, and regional agencies” 

(high density housing)


Page 3-2 Section “Advisory Committees”

Four committees and in the last paragraph “ ‘Other Committees’…The Alameda CTC will establish other community and technical advisory committees...

(Did you vote for them? Do you know that committee members are paid [with our tax] money for each meeting they attend?  Is there a limit to the number of committees one can belong?  Who decides how much pay they receive?)


Please take a look at the full measure (including the "plan":



Please watch for a review of other initiatives, in the next couple of weeks.

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David October 27, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Talisa, I'm sorry you have little to no sense of humor or irony. And that math hurts your little head.
Judy Galletti October 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM
To paraphrase a friend: Give up your single occupancy car for the single occupancy bus. There's the cost. Empty and/or almost empty buses. Buses DON'T pay for themselves. In fact, they completely waste money. If they were filled most of the time, maybe they could pay for themselves, but they are NEVER filled (at least outside the metropolitan areas) and OFTEN there are NO passengers, AND most of the time there are one or two riders. David, Please do the math on that. I'm far from a math whiz and appreciate someone who can do that for me. Let's take the personal expense out of the equation and put in the expense to the public. How much does an empty bus cost us taxpayers per hour? We, even, might use a half full bus load (that would be a shocking amount of passengers in the suburbs) as an example. If you add the driver's salary, their benefits and other employee expenses = my goodness. Of course, then you multiply that expense times all the other buses in the given city X the time factor. There are a few other factors to take into consideration, but let's start with this. THANKS David.
David October 28, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Judy, you or I don't even need to do the math. The fact is that not a single transit agency "pays for itself" i.e. through fares. ACTransit's fare recovery (the percentage of operating costs, not counting capital costs) is around 40% (public information). That means our taxes pay for 60% of its operating budget--fuel, maintenance, drivers. Additional taxes (bonds) pay for the actual buses. Conversely gas taxes pay for most of the roads. Not all, and that's because cars have gotten both more efficient and because no one has jobs to drive to, nor money to drive to go shopping.
Russ October 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
If the League of Women Voters is for B1, then thinking persons should be against it. Like the teachers' unions, LWV has never met a tax or leftist policy it could oppose. B1, the MTC, ABAG, and ACTC are the folks George Orwell was warning us about: War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, and BART will be built on the Freeway and in our lifetimes.
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