The Democratic Party of Alameda County has joined the growing coalition of groups and community leaders who oppose Measure R.
The Alameda County Democratic Party joined the anti-R alliance on Sept. 13 when its Central Committee voted to oppose the ill-conceived, anti-growth measure on the November ballot.
The vote by the county’s umbrella Democratic organization came two days after the ”No on R” vote by the Berkeley Democratic Club, the county’s largest and oldest Democratic club.
Measure R backers deceptively claim that the “No on R” campaign is a tool of developers. But their disinformation campaign is easily refuted by the broad coalition of labor, environmental and civic organizations that have studied Measure R and concluded that it poses a serious danger to Berkeley’s future well-being.
Organizations that oppose Measure R include:
- Greenbelt Alliance
- Alameda County Labor Council (representing 100,000 East Bay workers)
- Alameda County Democratic Party
- Berkeley Democratic Club (oldest and largest Democratic club in Alameda County)
- Downtown Berkeley Association
- League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay
- Alameda County Building Trades Council (28 affiliated unions)
- Hotel, Food Service and Gaming Workers Local 2850 (also known as Unite Here!)
- Livable Berkeley
- Berkeley Design Advocates
The leading elected public officials representing Berkeley and community leaders also oppose Measure R:
- State Senator Loni Hancock (representing Berkeley)
- Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (representing Berkeley)
- Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
- Berkeley City Councilmember Laurie Capitelli
- Berkeley City Councilmember Linda Maio
- Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore
- Berkeley City Councilmember Susan Wengraf
- Berkeley City Councilmember Gordon Wozniak
- East Bay MUD Board President Andy Katz (representing Berkeley)
- BART Board Director Rebecca Saltzman (representing Berkeley)
- UC Prof. Robert Reich (former U.S. Secretary of Labor)
- Downtown Berkeley Association President Susan Medak
- And scores of others! See longer list here …
Measure R backers say the measure will deliver green community benefits that are not being delivered by our award-winning Downtown Plan, and that it will save the historic Main Post Office.
In fact, Measure R is an anti-growth Trojan horse painted green. It is 28 pages of legally flawed regulations and prohibitive fees that are so draconian that they would choke off the new housing and office projects that are being proposed for Berkeley’s Downtown. Hundreds of units of transit-oriented housing designed to be located near BART would not get built, resulting in more auto commuting and greenhouse gases, thus undermining the battle against climate change.
Berkeley’s current Downtown Plan incorporates some of the strongest local requirements for green and community benefits in the nation. Measure R would overturn the Downtown Plan, which recently won a prestigious national honor from the American Planning Association – the Achievement Award for a Best Practice.
As for saving the Post Office, Measure R would require that the Post Office building be reserved exclusively for “civic use” if the U.S. Postal Service ceases operations there. The City Council has already approved this requirement, rendering Measure R redundant with regard to the Post Office.