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Local Democratic Clubs hosting forum on state propositions, BART bond

Contra Costa transportation sales tax also on list for Danville discussion

Four area Democratic Clubs are holding a public forum this Thursday night for residents interested in learning more about the 17 state propositions, the $3.5 billion BART bond and the proposed Contra Costa County 0.5% transportation sales tax to be decided this November.

The discussion, set to feature representatives from campaigns related to the ballot issues, will run from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Building at 400 Hartz Ave. in downtown Danville.

The event is free, but organizers said there is a $5 suggested donation. The forum is being put on by the San Ramon Valley, Lamorinda, Tri-Valley and Diablo Valley Democratic Clubs.

The 17 statewide propositions on the Nov. 8 ballot cover a range of issues, including marijuana legalization, the death penalty, $9 billion school facilities bond, a new cigarette tax, gun safety, condoms in adult films and single-use plastic bags.

BART this fall is also asking voters in its service jurisdiction to approve of the agency issuing $3.5 billion in general obligation bonds to fund system and infrastructure improvements. The bond measure requires two-thirds voter approval to pass.

Also needing support from more than two-thirds of participating voters is the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's plan for another 0.5% sales tax to support transportation projects -- this one, a 30-year tax that is estimated to generate $2.8 billion in funding.

For more information on Thursday's forum, visit the San Ramon Valley Democratic Club website. RSVP via email to btilford@pacbell.net.

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6 people like this
Posted by Ralph Kramden
a resident of Danville
on Sep 28, 2016 at 8:07 am

Please vote NO on all new taxes. We elect politicians to prioritize the spending of our hard-earned dollars, NOT to just put another tax on the ballot every time they have a new pet project. They don't need more of our money, they need to spend what they have more efficiently and effectively...like we non-politicians do at home.


8 people like this
Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Sep 28, 2016 at 11:32 am

I'm going to go out on a limb here, and guess that these "forums" are not going to be any sort of balanced discussion of the pros and cons of the Props, but rather a pitch for more taxes. Voters will be better served by reading through the 200-page voter guide that will show up in our mail boxes fairly soon. Pay particular attention to who pays for the ads and flyers on the various props, to try and get a handle on who will benefit from them. In many cases, it will be one or more of the government employee unions.... Follow the money! When in doubt, or totally confused by a prop, it is not a bad idea to use No as the "default" vote...


4 people like this
Posted by Westerner
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 30, 2016 at 6:39 am

What? The Democrats are not using the electrical workers union hall rent free this time?


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