On June 5, 2018, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors unanimously placed an extension measure on the Nov. 2018 ballot to continue local, voter-approved funding in the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Alameda, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont - with no increase in taxes.
If approved by voters, the measure would simply continue existing Measure CC funding to protect against wildfires, restore natural areas, and maintain public access to Regional Parks. Thank you
Measure CC was passed by Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Alameda, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville and Piedmont voters in 2004 with 67.6% support to provide local funding for park infrastructure, maintenance, safety, and services. Measure CC is a $12/year parcel tax. Measure CC is set to expire in 2020.
Measure CC funds support police protection at the shoreline and urban regional parks, as well as fire protection in the East Bay hills. Thanks to Measure CC over 500 acres of urban forests and brush along the ridgelines from Castro Valley to Richmond have been thinned or removed – helping prevent catastrophic fires and maintain safe and healthy forests. Each year, the Park District spends over $1.6 million on fire hazard reduction – much of it thanks to Measure CC.
Thanks to Measure CC many regional parks, trails and open spaces in western Alameda and Contra Costa counties have been repaired and upgraded, including visitor centers, staging areas, trails, picnic tables, restrooms, and water fountains, among others – ensuring quality public access and recreational opportunities for visitors.
Thanks to Measure CC, many natural areas in western Alameda and Contra Costa counties have been restored and preserved, including shorelines, marshes, wetlands, and urban creeks – protecting sensitive habitat for endangered species and preparing parks for the future impacts of climate change.