Voters in western Alameda and Contra Costa counties overwhelmingly passed Measure FF with 85.6% of the vote. Measure FF needed 66.6% to pass.
On June 5, 2018, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors voted unanimously to place Measure FF on the November 2018 ballot. Measure FF will continue existing, voter-approved funding for Regional Parks in western Alameda and Contra Costa counties – without increasing taxes.
Measure FF will continue funding for regional park services including:
Measure FF was developed with community input including three community meetings, four public board meetings, and engagement of key stakeholder, including the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, and Save the Redwoods League, among others.
Measure FF will appear on both Alameda and Contra Costa County ballots in the communities of Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Alameda, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Sobrante, and Kensington. Measure FF extends an existing $12/year ($1/month) parcel tax.
Measure FF will provide continued funding for fire hazard reduction, firefighters, and sustainable forest management, consistent with the Park District’s approved and fully permitted Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan. Voter-approved funding currently supports the thinning or removal of hazardous vegetation on over 500 acres annually. Fire hazard reduction and sustainable forest management is the top spending priority of Measure FF.
Measure FF will provide continued funding for trail maintenance and expansion of trails for increased public access, including closing gaps in the Bay Trail which will improve regional connectivity for commuters and safe routes to school for children. Measure FF will also provide funding to keep the Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda open year-round and for new interpretive/educational programs at Point Pinole and MLK Jr. Shorelines.
Measure FF will provide funding for ongoing erosion control, watershed protection, redwood conservation, and preservation/restoration of natural habitat, including urban creeks, marshes, and shorelines for endangered species and to prepare parklands for the future impacts of climate change.
For its strong fiscal management and balanced budgets, the Park District has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 16 consecutive years and has an AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s (S&P) – the highest possible rating.
Fire Protection/Forest Management – Manage forests consistent with Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan. Develop a redwood forest management plan.
Redwood Regional Park (Oakland) – Enhance interpretation of East Bay redwood tree history. Provide for creek restoration and erosion control for watershed health and visitor safety. Expand partnership with Save the Redwoods League.
Tilden Regional Park (Berkeley) – Plan improvements to visitor use facilities such as the Environmental Education Center, Little Farm and Botanical Garden Visitor Center. Increase stewardship. Improve access and pedestrian safety at the Brazilian Room and Botanical Garden Visitor Center.
Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline (Richmond) – Protect shoreline by preparing for sea level rise. Increase park staffing and upgrade Keller Beach visitor experience. Enhance drought-tolerant landscapes.
Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach (Alameda) – Improve visitor use facilities. Develop
McLaughlin Eastshore State Park (Albany) – Provide for shoreline and natural habitat protection. Improve visitor use facilities. Expand park personnel. Protect, enhance, and monitor wildlife habitat.
Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline (Oakland) – Enhance visitor facilities and personnel. Provide for expanded educational and recreational programming. Improve marsh habitat. Protect shoreline and park facilities from sea level rise.
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline (Richmond) – Protect the shoreline at Dotson Family Marsh. Improve visitor use facilities and SF Bay access. Increase educational and recreational programming. Enhance wildlife habitat.
Temescal Regional Recreational Area (Oakland) – Improve water quality, habitat and recreational swimming. Provide erosion control for watershed health and recreational trail safety.
East Bay Gateway Regional Shoreline (Oakland) – Convert existing paved lands to
Alameda Point (Alameda)– Expand park and public safety personnel for