FAQ

What is East Bay Regional Park District Measure FF Zone (EBRPD)?

Answer

The East Bay Regional Park District Measure FF Zone includes the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Alameda, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont, as well as some unincorporated areas in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Why has the EBRPD Board placed Measure FF on the ballot?

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It is the District’s responsibility to provide clean and safe parks that enrich and protect the quality of life of our residents. In 2004 local voters overwhelmingly approved Measure CC to maintain our local parks, but Measure CC will soon expire. Now, Measure FF seeks your support to extend this vital funding to maintain our investment in wildfire protection, saving redwoods, public access, urban creeks and water quality, and natural habitat preservation WITHOUT raising your tax rate.

What is the actual question that voters will be asked to decide on in November?

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"Without increasing tax rates, to protect against wildfires; enhance public safety; preserve water quality, shorelines, urban creeks; protect redwoods and parklands in a changing climate; and restore natural areas, shall East Bay Regional Park District be authorized to extend an existing parcel tax of $1 monthly ($12/year) per single-family parcel and 69¢ monthly ($8.28/year) for multi-family units, raising approximately $3.3 million annually, to expire in 20 years?

How will Measure FF funds be used?

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  • Increase wildfire protection and public safety across all parks
  • Preserve water quality, shorelines, urban creeks and coastal areas
  • Protect natural habitats for birds, wildlife and endangered species
  • Improve trails and public access to parks and trails
  • Maintain and increase environmental education programs
  • Upgrade erosion control and nature-based flood protection

Will Measure FF help protect us from California wildfires?

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Yes. We cannot risk another wildfire in the East Bay like the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Hills Fire. The threat of wildfires is REAL and potentially devastating to living trees including precious redwood trees, wildlife, residential areas, and generations of park goers. Measure FF will continue the park district’s approved Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan work to reduce the risk of wildfires that they began in 2004 with Measure CC. Measure CC is set to expire, and Measure FF will extend these critically needed protections WITHOUT raising tax rates.

How can we be assured Measure FF will be spent properly with Taxpayer Protections?

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  • By law, ALL Measure FF funds STAY LOCAL dedicated to East Bay Regional Parks ONLY.
  • Funds may be spent ONLY on projects on the approved expenditure plan.
  • Measure FF includes financial and advisory committee review to ensure funds are spent as approved by voters.
  • Because of the prudent steps taken to protect taxpayers, the Alameda County Taxpayers Association has endorsed Measure FF

Is there a plan for EBRPD Measure FF projects?

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An Expenditure Plan was developed in conjunction with community organizations and input from community members. You can read the Expenditure Plan at http://www.ebparks.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=30515.

Which parks will benefit from Measure FF?

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The Expenditure Plan has identified needs at the following parks. The Expenditure Plan aligns with the District’s Mission, Vision and Master Plan, Park Advisory Committee input and three public meetings.

  • Alameda Point
  • Anthony Chabot
  • Claremont Canyon
  • Crown Beach/Crab Cove
  • Gateway
  • Huckleberry Preserve
  • Kennedy Grove
  • Lake Chabot    
  • Leona Canyon
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • McLaughlin Eastshore
  • Miller-Knox
  • Point Isabel
  • Point Molate
  • Point Pinole
  • Redwood
  • Roberts
  • Sibley
  • Sobrante Ridge
  • Temescal
  • Tilden
  • Wildcat Canyon

How much will Measure FF cost me?

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Measure FF with protect our East Bay Regional Parks WITHOUT raising tax rates! A YES on FF VOTE simply EXTENDS CRITICALLY NEEDED PARK PROTECTIONS while keeping your current tax rate FLAT. Measure FF is an extension of Measure CC, the current parcel tax that costs homeowners only $1 per month.

Will businesses share in the cost of such a measure?

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Yes, both commercial and residential property owners will be subject to assessment. EVERY Measure FF penny will benefit local EBRPD FF Zone parks. These funds CANNOT be taken by the State or used for other purposes.. Annual audits will ensure funds are spent properly.

Who makes the final decision on Measure FF?

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The locally elected EBRPD Board of Directors is the legal entity that placed Measure FF on the ballot. Ultimately, East Bay Park and Recreation District FF Zone REGISTERED VOTERS have the final say when they vote for Measure FF by absentee ballot or at the polls.

Who is eligible to vote on Measure FF?

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All registered voters who are registered by October 22nd, 2018 within the East Bay Regional Park District Measure FF Zone are eligible to vote on the parcel tax extension.

What important dates do I need to remember?

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  • Election Day is November 6, 2018.
  • The last day to register to vote in this election is October 22, 2018.

When do vote by mail ballots need to be returned?

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Vote-by-mail ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day or is time stamped or date stamped by a bona fide private mail delivery company on or before Election Day, and received by the county elections official shall be considered received on time. (Election Day for THIS election is 11/6/18.)

You can also drop off your ballot at any polling place in your county on Election Day, or before the election at a drop box in your county.

Ballot drop-off locations in Alameda County.

Ballot drop-off locations in Contra Costa County.