The Oakland City Council is holding a vote on Tuesday, April 16th at 5:00pm regarding the Measure AA Parcel Tax.
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Measure AA on last November’s ballot was a $198 parcel tax to fund child care programs and other programs for youth under the banner of “The Oakland Promise.” According to the ballot information pamphlet sent to all voters, Measure AA needed two-thirds vote to pass. But it only received 62.47%, well short of two-thirds. Nonetheless, on December 14, 2018 the Oakland City Council declared Measure AA certified as passed. Some Council members said that since Measure AA was a citizen initiative placed on the ballot by signatures, it only required a simple majority vote. Its is the position of the League that the Council changed the rules after the fact. In January LWVO filed a request that the Council nullify its action and accurately certify Measure AA as having failed.
In February, the Jobs and Housing Coalition (JHC) filed suit against the City in Superior Court to invalidate the Council’s vote. The City has not yet filed a response to the suit. On Tuesday, April 2, the Oakland City Council voted in closed session not to collect the Measure AA parcel tax for the first year of the tax and is scheduled to publicly confirm that decision this coming Tuesday, April 16.
Please contact both your Councilmember and At-large CouncilmemberRebecca Kaplan to ask that they vote AYE on the resolution not to collect the tax.
Come to City Hall on Tuesday to show your support. Sign up to speak at the Council meeting. We may ask you to cede time to another League member so that we can give single presentations longer than a minute.
Also tell councilmembers that they could still place on an upcoming agenda and pass the League’s proposal to nullify the December 14, 2018 resolution whereby it declared Measure AA passed despite its not having received the two-thirds vote shown to be necessary in the voter information pamphlet for the November 2018 election. The JHC suit would be withdrawn. Most importantly, the Council will take an important step in restoring public confidence in Oakland government.