There are plenty of important races and issues on the ballot in the East Bay. Here are our endorsements for Berkeley and Oakland
We typically support any reasonable tax on property to pay for public services, but we can't back this one. Measure X would impose a fairly high ($360 a year) parcel tax on single-family homes — entirely to pay for cops. The police union has been intractable, refusing to give back any of its generous pension benefits to help solve the budget deficit. We can't see raising taxes for that department alone when so much of Oakland is hurting for money.
OAKLAND MEASURE BB
Measure BB would allow Oakland to continue collecting violence-prevention money under a previous ballot measure even if the police department falls below a mandated staffing level. It would give the City Council more flexibility in addressing public safety. Vote yes.