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Another Misleading Measure B1 Mailer

Original post made by curious, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2012

WOW--I just received yet another mailer for Measure B1 in today's mail. This one is all feel good and no mention of the word tax or the fact that the tax will be in place FOREVER!!

I can't help but wonder who is funding these mailers which are far more then the typical postcard. Someone is worried about it not passing in the tri-valley that's for sure.

I'm voting NO on Measure B1 to try and send a message to rewrite the measure so that the tax has an end date as well as non-union workers should have an equal chance at the jobs.

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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I went to the County website campaign disclosure page and they have no filings for Measure B1. Wonder what is going on there? Certainly a lot of money being spent by people who don't want you to know who they are.

I am voting no on B1 also. Why anybody could vote for a tax measure with no sunset date is beyond me.


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Posted by Mystery donors=I'll vote NO
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Reporters also can't seem to find who is donating. The State doesn't have any information either.

"How much more money the committee has raised is unclear, however, as there are no more recent filings available from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

According to a California Fair Political Practices Commission calendar, all political action committees were to have filed a pre-election statement by October 5th. This reporter could find no such filing for the Yes on B1 committee with either the Registrar of Voters or the California Secretary of State." from Web Link


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Posted by curious
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm

i got curious as well and tried to find a campaign finance disclosure report for the committe name listed on both mailers with the fppc #1344600 and was unsuccessful. If i had to guess, I would suspect that the construction unions have put a lot of money into this as they stand to directly benefit from this measure.

i'm even more convinced that this is a bad measure for the taxpayers and needs to be voted down. Further, any candidate supporting this tax that lasts FOREVER should be voted down or out of office. NO on measure B1.


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Posted by Larry
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 17, 2012 at 9:22 am

If it quacks like a duck.........
Something stinks in Denmark.

Vote no on this hike.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

MTC has a public relations firm that is used to convince the taxpayers that everything they do is better than sliced bread. There doesn't seem to be a limit on how much this firm can spend to spread political propaganda.


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Posted by Makes our old sales tax PERMANENT, too.
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 17, 2012 at 10:46 am

Even tho BART took our sales tax and real estate tax money,
and took lots of federal money to build the whole system, they failed to build to Livermore.
But they said that B1 would provide new money and pay again for what they didn't build then;
and after paying so long, I want a BART I can use. With Parking- another sad tale.
So I looked at the Sample Ballot and was surprised to see that the writers are not content just to take more money for a new tax, B1 would also make our current tax, which will eventually sunset otherwise into a PERMANENT tax. I certainly will NOT vote to eliminate periodic look at the current tax. You should not, either.
The current tax is already about $7,786 per year. See pg 35 of your Voters Guide.
Note that this is in MILLIONS of dollars - they get so much they don't even bother with the zeros: 6 of them. $7,786,000,000 per year.
The new tax would be the same - to double what we now pay.
So I looked to see what the BART extension would get. It is "only" $400 (million).
Sounds like a lot until you compare to the $7,786 total (for half), or see that they will allocate over $651 million for bicycle and pedestrian paths, mostly in other parts of the county. $400 is about 5% of the tax increase. The rest of the money goes elsewhere.
The $400 won't pay for the BART to Livermore anyway - most of the"replacement" money would come from state and federal grants.
But somehow BART finds funds to build stations in Santa Clara, Pittsburg, even a costly tram to go a couple of blocks to the Oakland Airport. They had over $100 million dollar operating profit last year. Why can't they find the money to do what they promised 40 years ago? They've been collecting our sales and real estate taxes all along.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on Oct 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I'm voting no!


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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

This tax will not guarantee anything will be built but if this tax passes there will be nothing you can do about it, and no way for the tax to end. Vote NO on this tax and vote out all the politicians who support a permanent tax.


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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

This tax will not guarantee anything will be built but if this tax passes there will be nothing you can do about it, and no way for the tax to end. Vote NO on this tax and vote out all the politicians who support a permanent tax.


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Posted by Not a BART Extension
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

It is a "Completion". Finishing what they promised in the first place.

By the way our sales taxes are already one of the highest in the nation.
Many states, such as Oregon, have no sales tax at all!
Where would you shop?


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Posted by Chemist
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 18, 2012 at 11:03 am

More taxes given to our government or our "education" system is like running more water into a bathtub when the drain is open. Put a stopper on the drain, then I may listen to pleas for more taxes. No on B1, No on 30 and No on 38. Those are the easy decisions.
Chemist


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Posted by Bleeding Heart
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

But it's all or the chiiiiiiiiiiiiiidren! Have you no compassion?


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Just read where CA DMV is giving Tesla Motors a 10 million dollar grant to buy production equipment.

I thought that the DMV fees we paid were to go back into the street and highway system. What on earth is the DMV giving away 10 million dollars to billionaire Elon Musk for his car company? Let him fund his own production equipment or let him ask his Wall Street friends to fund the equipment.

How much money does California throw down the drain in giveaways to billionaires? Until California stops this nonsense and uses the money for its intended purpose I am voting NO for measures and propositions like B1 that ask for money that lying politicians say we do not have.


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Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Oct 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Can anyone answer the question of why Alamo and other places are not being imposed upon in the same manner?

Thanks-


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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm

The Examiner also had an article on Measure B1 funding and even they could not find who is donating to this campaign. They said, "According to a California Fair Political Practices Commission calendar, all political action committees were to have filed a pre-election statement by October 5th. This reporter could find no such filing for the Yes on B1 committee with either the Registrar of Voters or the California Secretary of State."

This should be reason enough to vote against this tax but there are many other reasons to vote against it.


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