A crowd of local officials gathered Tuesday to protest a state practice that's shifted billions from city budgets to the California budget, and to ask voters to approve Proposition 22.
The policy, known as ERAF (Educational Revenue Augmentation Funds), has taken millions from Pleasanton alone, according to Mayor Jennifer Hosterman.
"In our little town of Pleasanton, with only 70,000 people, the state has stolen a little over $100 million," Hosterman said. "It's completely dysfunctional."
Hosterman was joined by Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Chief Jim Miguel and others, including representatives from the Fremont library and chamber of commerce, outside a firehouse near the Livermore Airport that's been shut down as a result of ERAF.
Miguel said the station's closure had led to increased response times for firefighters, who now have to travel from other stations.