What’s, actually, in our Measures and Propositions: Measure B1

Residents from Alameda County have reviewed the entire = measure B1 = and have put together this article. Watch for other reviews during the next couple of weeks.


It’s important that the public read the full text.

For those who aren’t able to read it, some county residents have done it for us.  Here is the result of the Peoples’ review of B1.


Section 2, Section 5

Extending current 1/2% sale tax which should expire in March of 2022, but won’t


Section 3, Section 3.F, Section 5, Section 7

No Sunset

(Sunset Clause: A statement added to the end of a measure which causes the act to "sunset," or become ineffective, after a certain date.)


Section 5

Additional Retail Tax of ½%

(Will this hinder small businesses, and therefore jobs?)


Section 3.C, Section 7

Excise Tax imposed on Storage

(Warehouse taxes? More taxes on small businesses?)


Section 13

Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) handles bonds up to $1,000,000,000 

(Did we elect these people to this committee, or were they appointed?)


Section 15

Alameda CTC controls expenditures up to $800,000,000

(If we didn’t elect them, then who appointed them?)


Section 17

People who wish to contest B1 are LIMITED to six months.  If they miss the 6 months, this bill will be forevermore “incontestable”

(Should the people ever be restricted from questioning?)

Section 19

Expansion of Alameda CTC authority

(Can this county afford more government expansion of authority?)


Analysis by county council 

“The Alameda County Congestion Management Agency and the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority merged to create the Commission in July of 2010. The Commission has the authority to increase the transactions and use tax upon approval by two- thirds of the votes”  

(see link below – did you vote for any of these three groups?.....THEY WILL DECIDE which cities qualify to receive money)


In addition

to B1 full text, the 42 page "plan" automatically connects to B1 (see link below).


Page 2-9 Section “Bart to Livermore”

“The project-specific environmental process will include a detailed alternative assessment of all fundable and feasible alternatives, and be consistent with mandates, policies and guidance of federal, state, and regional agencies” 

(high density housing)


Page 3-2 Section “Advisory Committees”

Four committees and in the last paragraph “ ‘Other Committees’…The Alameda CTC will establish other community and technical advisory committees...

(Did you vote for them? Do you know that committee members are paid [with our tax] money for each meeting they attend?  Is there a limit to the number of committees one can belong?  Who decides how much pay they receive?)


Please take a look at the full measure (including the "plan":



Please watch for a review of other initiatives, in the next couple of weeks.

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John Abrams October 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
You have got it David, agenda being the key word. You have done your homework. Remember it is all about sustainability and environmental justice. All you have to do is listen to them talk the only future they are concerned with is theirs. On the surface its all about Helping those that are less fortunate when in all reality its about control.,
Talisa C. October 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Its oh so much better to sit in more traffic. While having the luxury of paying $5+ per gallon to sit in traffic. Sure sounds like another *WINNING!* idea from David.
John Abrams October 26, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I am all for transportation, but to be deceptive as to where the money goes its obvious there is a hidden Agenda
JoAnne October 26, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Look again, measure B1 is on the ballot if you are a resident of Livermore. (Livermore is in Alameda County...)
Leah Hall October 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Well, I think the opponents inadvertantly raise an excellent point. Even if you're not voting in a few weeks, you should still study what's on the ballot, as it will end up affecting you! http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/ If you can, VOTE November 6!
John Abrams October 26, 2012 at 02:52 PM
good be sure to vote no
David October 26, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Talisa, I'd invite you to actually run the numbers on taking a bus versus driving sometime. You have the luxury of paying $4 round trip on a bus, waiting for the bus, traveling an average of 8 mph in that bus. Sure sounds like a *WINNING*! idea from Talisa. Let's say you're driving to the Englander for a pint and you live 3 miles away, a quarter mile off of E.14. (not too out of the realm of possibility). Walk to bus stop: 5 minutes. Take 1R 3 miles: 22.5 minutes. Walk to Englander: 2 minutes. Total time in transit: 27.5 minutes, Cost: $2. Driving: 8 minutes. Cost: with an average mileage car of 22 mpg: $0.60. It costs more than 3 times as much money to take a 3 mile trip on the bus, and about 20 minutes more time. Paying yourself minimum wage yields a total cost differential of about $3.50 one way. Try again.
David October 26, 2012 at 03:10 PM
The doppelganger garbage is kind of tiresome, childish, and in the end reflects rather poorly on "liberals'" attitude toward free speech. But I suppose it's revealing that the so-called liberals can't argue their points, and resort to such tactics.
David October 26, 2012 at 03:12 PM
You're correct JoAnne (the real David, not the "liberal" doppelganger who thinks he/she is being cute, but in reality is being rather stalker-ish--he/she now has 2 photos of me on their computer, and illiberal by trying to shut down posters he/she doesn't agree with and can't argue logically against).
Judy Galletti October 26, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Bart extensions are attached to "High Density Housing"....BART MANDATES high density housing. Traffic will get worse with this plan, because they are stuffing more and more people into the valley. Have you seen Dublin, lately. Try driving through Dublin. Bart to Dublin mandated the housing element; Dublin got both AND they got extra traffic. In addition, B1 hands the money over to NON ELECTED groups to decide who to give it to. If you don't have the Mandated Housing they will NOT give you YOUR money. PLUS these same SELF APPOINTED boards are given control of $1Billion in bonds. Do you know that these board members are paid to go to each meeting? No wonder they keep creating more boards and appointing themselves.....It's a scam and they're using our money to "pay themselves". Why would we trust them with our money? Summarizing: A group of self appointed members pay themselves to take our money and may or may not give it back to us. WHAT??? B1??? VOTE NO!!!
Talisa C. October 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Oh my gosh David you are just so fun on a Friday. What else can you doodle today? If I were to go to the Englander, which I do occasionally with my fiance, I would prefer not to drive. It’s the smart thing to do even if it costs me a *whopping* $7. But go ahead and drive yourself. You sound like you wouldn’t have a drink anyways. You’d probably sit there the whole time doing the math on how much cheaper it would be for you to cook at home and make your own daiquiris. But this time I was talking about commuters being able to take BART from or to Livermore all the way to S.F. instead of the stop and go we have now. We have family in Tracy. Anything to reduce the commute traffic.
david October 26, 2012 at 04:18 PM
But the real guy is just pathetic, especially when he has to resort to name-calling to further his point along.
David October 26, 2012 at 04:25 PM
If you're driving with another person, the math gets even more in driving's favor. It's not $7, it's $9, one way, as the other person has to pay $2 fare too. Why don't you take a cab instead? $18 dollars round-trip. You can buy a pitcher of beer at the Englander with the money you save by driving. Or you can take a cab. Why do you want to force me to pay for an expensive bus you just "prefer" to take? How about you pay for my gas? That's nice you were talking about BART to Livermore, which is actually an even larger waste of money. --take that money and expand the freeways. The BART extension will not get anywhere close to the number of riders needed to justify it. I was talking about AC Transit, which consumes the largest share of this proposed tax hike. (read my post). Then you make fun of me for thinking about money. As the saying goes, "How do you think a man like me got to be a man like me?" Yeah, I'm cheap, but that's how you save. You can keep on wasting money for no reason other than your "feelings," or you can stop wasting money and use it for something more productive. Or even enjoyable. It's not even that hard to add it up--$4 bus fare for two, one way, or less than a buck in gas, never mind the time wasted in a bus. Hmmm.
Leah Hall October 26, 2012 at 04:52 PM
The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area, a non-partisan group, has been educating the public as part of its mission for a long time (perhaps since Women have been allowed to vote, which at least one Tea Party leader has mused publically is a rotten idea). Here's what the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area has written about the Transportation 2035 Plan: The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area commends the Transportation 2035 Plan for giving emphasis to • a regional land use vision for the whole Bay Area • transit-oriented development, with affordable, accessible development near transit stations • connectivity between regional transportation systems, with local access to major lines • transportation services to those most dependent on transit—young, seniors, and the disabled. • action on climate protection.
Leah Hall October 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I wish David's new friend would help me figure out how to change my profile pic. My avatar has been wearing a Chrismas outfit since December 2011. How embarrassing. :(
Mimi Steel October 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
This is an important measure for all Alameda County residents. It gives a BLANK check to unelected bureaucrats. If you are a car driver, you lose because the money will NOT go in to fixing roads, that is a scam to get people to vote for it when most of the money is slated for public transit. If you ride the bus, you lose because the ACTA is funding buses to the suburbs with few riders and leaving high population areas without adequate service. If you are someone who shops in Alameda County, you lose with the additional PERMANENT tax. Bottom line: CITIZENS LOSE--BUREAUCRATS WIN Vote NO on MEASURE B1
JoAnne October 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM
There needs to be housing options near the BART station. Currently, there is a mandate with density levels that has been so strictly enforced that it is putting residents at risk. From the Health Impact statement (http://ehs.sph.berkeley.edu/hia/mbtv_dhia_c0_es_061107.pdf): Notify(ing) all potential buyers that the property they are occupying has air quality risks and educate them in the proper use of any installed air filtration. Why would the government approve and fund housing, at and below market levels, in an area that has dangerous air levels? Which population should be forced to live in an environment where they must rely on high efficiency air filters (and the landlords’ diligence in maintaining the filters) and avoid opening windows, walks, or any outdoor activity? What does it say about a government that tries to protect the environment at the cost of the people with fewest housing options? Unfortunately, Prop B1with its perpetuity tax offers to nurture good ideas into similar Frankenstein mandates.
David October 27, 2012 at 01:15 AM
You honestly think they're "non-partisan"? It just so happens that they back nearly every single proposal backed by Democrats, etc? Are you absolutely sure you don't want to buy a bridge from me? I have several...
John Abrams October 27, 2012 at 02:36 AM
All of this is coming to light, Look closely at any project that is sold to the population as Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, these are just a few of the feel good words that this Agenda is being is sold to us. People are starting to wake up because they have accelerated the Agenda and it is infringing on our private property rights, the security that a family has a place to call home. But do your own research start with this. http://www.iclei.org/documents/Global/WSPublist05-05_01.pdf More to come
Talisa C. October 27, 2012 at 03:28 AM
There's always a silver lining. Look at the bright side David. If it werent for your new friend, you never would have updated your profile picture. I think everyone was getting tired of that other picture which made you look like Lurch from the Addams Family. You look much better in your new profile picture. You might be growing tiresome of your friend but I think he lightens the mood. Besides your team already had Fred. Now we have the doppelganger.
Fran October 27, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I'm voting no also. Sales tax is already too high. This is just taxing ourselves to pay for a bunch of pork barrel spending. Pork is great if its not costing us anything extra, but when they ask us to pay for it, well...Also the possible accrual of a billion dollars of debt, ouch. No voter approval necessary. I don't think so. Besides, I am sick and tired of all this road work. They seem to fix the things that don't actually need fixing in the first place, while things that need fixing remain neglected. They should be grateful for the 1/2 % they already have. Instead they see the writing on the wall. There's going to be less monies coming from the state and federal levels for these pork projects, and they are addicted and want to continue this charade. If there's a need for a housing development at Bart, a developer will take an interest and build apartments there. It's not rocket science. Also, Mayor Cassidy, since you once again bring up safety of bikers and pedestrians, why doesn't San Leandro have countdown timers like all the other cities have???? This should be doable at minimal cost. They are proven to increase the safety of pedestrians and bikers!
David October 27, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Talisa, I'm not sure if you're married like Leah, but your obsession over my good looks is equally disturbing. I know it's disturbing to you, like Leah, when a virile, good-looking man like myself disagrees with your political positions--it causes confusion between your natural attraction and poorly formed politics, with the inevitable result of you trying too hard to hate me, but do try to control yourself. It's not second grade, you don't have to hit the boy you think is cute to prove you don't like him.
David October 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Also, what's the rush? The current sales tax expires in 2022. Come back with a plan that actually improves the roads, and is not just a sop to ACTransit's pension funds.
Talisa C. October 27, 2012 at 03:41 PM
David, Let me make something very clear. I was being polite. Even though I disagree with people on opinion and politics I am mature enough to not take it personal. So up until the point someone makes it personal I can be polite and courteous with anyone. Now if you want to be immature and assume any female who is nice to you likes you then go ahead and add that belief to the bubble you call your world. If this is the wacky kind of immature thinking you do, then no wonder you have the political opinions you pollute patch with. And if you think me correcting you is more *proof* to you that you're right then you are the one who is disturbing. Completely hopeless and juvenile. Yet another one of your *WINNING!* thoughts
Fran October 27, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Of course it's just a guess, but possibly something to do with the language of the bond issuing in the measure. They may be trying to fill the gap of the now defunct redevelopment agencies, who also enjoyed the ability to issue bonds sans voter approval. Maybe this a coincidence but the same groups of people promoting this measure are also the same as those who were redevelopment advocates, including all mayors, and, yes, the League of Women Voters. What i find so hypocritical, is that they talk about local control. Local, local, local. At the same time they take every grant available, which has the opposite effect, as there are always strings attached.
David October 27, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Talisa, I'm sorry you have little to no sense of humor or irony. And that math hurts your little head.
Judy Galletti October 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM
To paraphrase a friend: Give up your single occupancy car for the single occupancy bus. There's the cost. Empty and/or almost empty buses. Buses DON'T pay for themselves. In fact, they completely waste money. If they were filled most of the time, maybe they could pay for themselves, but they are NEVER filled (at least outside the metropolitan areas) and OFTEN there are NO passengers, AND most of the time there are one or two riders. David, Please do the math on that. I'm far from a math whiz and appreciate someone who can do that for me. Let's take the personal expense out of the equation and put in the expense to the public. How much does an empty bus cost us taxpayers per hour? We, even, might use a half full bus load (that would be a shocking amount of passengers in the suburbs) as an example. If you add the driver's salary, their benefits and other employee expenses = my goodness. Of course, then you multiply that expense times all the other buses in the given city X the time factor. There are a few other factors to take into consideration, but let's start with this. THANKS David.
David October 28, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Judy, you or I don't even need to do the math. The fact is that not a single transit agency "pays for itself" i.e. through fares. ACTransit's fare recovery (the percentage of operating costs, not counting capital costs) is around 40% (public information). That means our taxes pay for 60% of its operating budget--fuel, maintenance, drivers. Additional taxes (bonds) pay for the actual buses. Conversely gas taxes pay for most of the roads. Not all, and that's because cars have gotten both more efficient and because no one has jobs to drive to, nor money to drive to go shopping.
Russ October 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
If the League of Women Voters is for B1, then thinking persons should be against it. Like the teachers' unions, LWV has never met a tax or leftist policy it could oppose. B1, the MTC, ABAG, and ACTC are the folks George Orwell was warning us about: War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, and BART will be built on the Freeway and in our lifetimes.
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