YES 

Measure FF would renew for 20 years the East Bay Regional Parks District parcel tax at the existing rates to fund parks, open space, and wildfire prevention.

The existing rates are $12 per year for single-family residences and $69 per month for multi-family units.

The East Bay Regional Parks District includes the cities of Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Piedmont; these are the cities subject to this tax as they are closest to the parks that are the oldest and most heavily used.

The main official argument opposing Measure FF is that the parks are employing reckless tree removal and too much pesticide, and that the parks do not have enough accountability to community input.

These points are very concerning. And as with any measure that may add more policing, we should be vigilant about how funds are spent. However, the parks are an important resource and there are well-respected environmental organizations supporting the measure.

Note: It is possible to fully and reliably fund our schools, our libraries, and the world where all our communities can thrive. However, instead these resources are lining the pockets of millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations who force us to resort to band-aid measures for each budget shortfall, like bonds and parcel taxes. Each bond and parcel tax is created differently. We support bonds and parcel taxes that have been developed with our community partners and ensure that the money is distributed equitably.

Ultimately, we support fair, equitable taxes–for budgets that ensure our children will inherit quality public education and public goods, no matter what they look like or where they come from.

Partial list of supporters:

  • Dee Rosario of East Bay Regional Parks District (endorsed by Oakland Rising)
  • Barbara Lee
  • League of Women Voters Bay Area
  • Alameda County Taxpayers
  • Norman LaForce, Sierra Club East Bay Public Lands Committee
  • Pam Young, Golden Gate Audubon Society, East Bay Conservation Committee
  • Dan B. Walden, Alameda County Taxpayers Association

Partial list of opponents:

  • Forest Action Brigade
  • East Bay Pesticide Alert
  • Save East Bay Hills
  • San Francisco Forest Alliance