YES, with hesitation 

 

 

Measure E would extend a $48 per-parcel yearly tax for eight years, starting in 2020, for the Peralta Community Colleges District’s education programs and staff support.

Measure E would provide funds to close the district’s budget shortfall, but the only way for those funds to fully support student needs is if groups can successfully hold the district to account in using those funds as intended. We must make sure that current funds are well-spent and that future funds also have a robust plan for transparency, community control, and ultimately, places student learning as the priority.

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:

  • Barbara Lee
  • Aisha K.L. Jordan, Student Trustee PCCD
  • Toni R. Cook, Retired PCCD Instructor
  • Adrien Abuyen, former PCCD student trustee

Partial list of opponents:

  • Peralta Trustee Nicky Gonzales Yuen
  • Michael Mills, former Peralta professor, former faculty union president, and former Citizens Oversight Committee chair