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Alameda County, CA November 4, 2014 Election
Measure HH
Protect/Maintain Local Services
City of San Leandro

Sales Tax - Majority Approval Required

Pass: 10452 / 64.45% Yes votes ...... 5764 / 35.55% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Dec 28 11:38am, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (54/54)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

To protect/maintain local services, including: 911 emergency response; neighborhood police patrols/anti-gang enforcement; library programs for children, adults/families; after school programs for children/teens including homework assistance/reading programs; school police officers/crossing guards; repairing potholes/maintaining residential streets; and other City services, shall the City of San Leandro extend Measure Z and set the sales tax at 1/2 cent for 30 years, with citizens oversight, annual audits, all funds for San Leandro, no funds for Sacramento?

Impartial Analysis from City Attorney
The City Council of the City of San Leandro has placed Measure HH on the November 4, 2014 ballot to ask voters to approve an ordinance that would extend the temporary one - quarter of one percent (0. 25 %) transactions and use tax within the City at the half-cent rate (0.50%). If approved, the tax would add a half-cent for every dollar spent, or $0.50 to the price of an item that costs $100.

Currently, the tax on retail sales in San Leandro is 9.250% of the purchase price. The City's share is 1.25%. The remainder goes to the State (5.50 %), the State Public Safety Fund (0.50%), the State Public Education Fund (0.25%), Alameda County (0. 25%), the Alameda County Transportation Commission (0.50%), the Alameda County Essential Health Care Services Initiative (0.50%) and BART (0.50%).

Technically, the existing "sales tax" is a combination of a "sales and use tax" and "transactions and use tax." With some exceptions, both are levied on the sale or use of tangible personal property sold at retail. Retailers collect the tax at the time of sale and remit the funds to the State Board of Equalization, which administers the tax.

This Measure, if approved by the voters, would authorize a 0. 50 % transactions and use tax, which would increase the total sales tax rate on retail sales in San Leandro to 9.50 %. Of the total rate, 1.5 % would go to the City's general fund and be available to support the full range of municipal services. Because this Measure does not limit the use of tax revenue, it is a "general tax," not a "special tax " that restricts the funds to specific purposes. Therefore, as explained in the ballot question, the City may use the funds for a range of services, including but not limited to maintaining current levels of 911 emergency response times; neighborhood police patrols and anti-gang enforcement; library programs for children, adults, and families; after school programs for children and teens including homework assistance and reading programs, repairing potholes and maintaining residential streets; and school police officers and crossing guards.

The tax would terminate automatically 30 years after collection begins.

The Measure requires the City Council to appoint a five-person committee of members of the public to review and report on the revenue and expenditure of funds from the tax.

A "Yes" vote is a vote to approve the enactment of the temporary half-cent tax for 30 years, with oversight by a committee of members of the public. A "No" vote is a vote against the tax. This Measure would be approved if it receives a simple majority of " Yes" votes.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure HH. If you desire a copy of the ordinance, please call the City Clerk 's office at 510-577-3367 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

DATED: August 14, 2014
/s Richard D. Pio Roda , City Attorney

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Arguments For Measure HH Arguments Against Measure HH
Protect your LOCAL services+vote YES on HH!

YES on HH continues and extends San Leandro's local, voter-approved sales tax that provides a guaranteed funding source for essential city services including 9-1-1 response, neighborhood police patrols, anti-gang efforts, library programs and services, and fire protection.

By law, YES on HH requires every dime to continue to be used for our LOCAL services, and Sacramento can't touch it!

Yes on HH continues to maintain public safety services our residents expect and deserve. YES on HH maintains 9-1-1 emergency response times. YES on HH maintains neighborhood patrol officers. YES on HH enhances anti-gang and law enforcement efforts. YES on HH maintains fire prevention services. YES on HH maintains school police officers.

YES on HH funds library after-school and summer programs for youth and teens to keep them off the streets, out of trouble, and away from drugs and gangs. YES on HH maintains library programs for children, adults, and families. YES on HH maintains children and teen after-school programs and homework assistance.

YES on HH fixes potholes. Our streets are rated the second worst in the County! And road conditions have dropped from "fair" to "at-risk". YES on HH provides new revenue to fix our worst neighborhood streets now, because repairs will only become more expensive and intrusive in the future. YES on HH repairs potholes and cracks and maintains our neighborhood streets.

YES on HH continues the stringent fiscal accountability that voters have required, including annual financial audits with published reports and an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee to ensure funds are spent properly.

Join police officers, firefighters, teachers, neighborhood and community leaders, the City Council, and Chamber of Commerce in voting YES on HH! Join us at

/S Stephen Cassidy, Mayor of San Leandro
/S Isaac Benabou, President, San Leandro Police Officers Association
/S Nancy Fong, Retired San Leandro Librarian
/S Dan Robertson,
President, Local 55, Alameda County FirefightersAssociation
/S Diana Prola,
San Leandro School Board Trustee

Rebuttal to Arguments For
Proponents of Measure HH claim that doubling the tax and extending it for 30 years will do nothing more than maintain existing city services at current levels. Why then can't we let the tax continue at its present rate until it expires in 2018? In four more years, if they have a valid justification for continuing it or even raising it, perhaps then we'll support the idea.

As it stands, Measure Z has failed spectacularly in one specific area. Even its supporters admit "our streets are the second worst in the County!" Did they conveniently forget that one of the biggest promises they made to the taxpayers in 2010 was that these funds would be used to fix potholes and maintain roads? There port issued by the Measure Z Citizen's Oversight Committee shows only 6% of the revenue generated by the tax (less than $250,000) was spent on public works, 6% went to libraries and 5% went to the Recreation and Human Services Department. What happened to the rest of the money? Well, $2.4 million went to service the debt accumulated to remodel City Hall and the Main Library and $2.1 million went to refinance the city's pension obligation bonds.

Is it unreasonable to ask why they want to double the tax today (instead of in 2018) and ask our grandchildren to pay it until 2048?

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Let's not befooled again!

S/ Guillermo Elenes, Organizer
S/ Margarita Lacabe, Author, San Leandro Talk
S/ Michael Jacobowitz, Attorney-at-Law
S/ Stephen Carbonaro,
S/ Flint Evans, Retired Business Owner

In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, "It's déjà vu all over again" for San Leandro taxpayers. When Measure Z passed4 years ago in the aftermath of the financial collapse, it was called "Temporary Emergency Funding" and was intended to bridge the budget deficits created by the previous city council's poor fiscal management. To bribe the voters into supporting it, they promised this tax would only last for seven years and would sunset when it was no longer necessary.

Sadly, when trying to raise taxes, politicians at all levels conveniently forget promises they made only 4 years ago. Those of us who signed the original argument against Measure Z in 2010 predicted they would try to extend this "temporary tax" and now we've been proven correct. When it comes to issues of integrity, history demonstrates that our city council suffers from a peculiar kind of amnesia. Should this measure pass, don't be surprised if we soon see them promoting yet another new and improved "temporary tax," hoping that voters will once again forget the promises made in the previous election.

We've seen the economy improve and the city has passed balanced budgets for three years in a row, so isn't it about time they ended this "state of emergency?" What possible justification can they have for doubling this temporary tax and extending it for another 30 years?

It's time for voters to hold the city council to its word. Raising "emergency" taxes to meet routine operating expenses isn't anything remotely resembling "leadership." It just demonstrates poor financial discipline.

Rewarding bad behavior only encourages more of it. A promise is a promise. Honest people keep their word. Make the city keep its promise! Vote NO on the Measure Z extension.

s/ Terry Floyd,
Treasurer, Libertarian Party of Alameda County
s/ Flint Evans,
Retired Business Owner
s/ Michael Jacobowitz,
Attorney at Law

Rebuttal to Arguments Against
Vote YES on HH to protect and maintain OUR services, including public safety and roads. Here are the facts opponents aren't telling you.

FACT: Since 2011, San Leandro has LOST OVER $5 MILLIONEACH YEAR due to Sacramento politicians eliminating redevelopment agencies statewide.

FACT: Measure Z, passed by San Leandro voters in 2010, has prevented deep cuts to public safety and other essential services. YES on HH continues this critical funding.

FACT: Measure Z funding is temporary and will expire. Without YES on HH, we face over $4.5 million in cuts, including police, fire, 9-1-1 response and library services.

Measure HH funds cannot be taken by Sacramento, and will remain in San Leandro for OUR local services and to repair OUR neighborhood streets.

An Independent Citizens Oversight Committee will continue to review every penny of Measure HH, as they have for the last 4 years, ensuring funds are spent on community priorities.

Opponents present NO solutions to protect OUR services!

YES on HH maintains 9-1-1 response times, neighborhood patrols, school police officers, anti-gang efforts, and fire protection.

YES on HH maintains library programs for children, adults, and families, providing kids with safe places to go after school.

YES on HH provides new funds to fix our roads and neighborhood streets + which independent experts rate as the second worst in the County + to reduce costly damage to cars and prevent accidents.

YES on HH is supported by businesses, community leaders and homeowners because it maintains the critical services our community needs.

s/ Robert Maginnis, San Leandro Police Chief, Retired
s/ Patricia Minnis, Advisor, Citizens for a Safer San Leandro
s/ David S. Grodin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, San Leandro Chamber of Commerce
s/ Arlene Lum, 20 year resident
s/ Rose Padilla Johnson, CEO, The Davis Street Community Center, Inc. dba Davis Street FRC

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