Ballot Measures - C


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Berkeley ballot Measure C was one of the most controversial items on the ballot this Tuesday, at least judging by the community response we received. Measure C is a $22.5 million parcel tax measure for the renovation of the Willard pools, the construction of a new pool at the King complex and the construction of a large new warm pool in West Berkeley.

Relatives of disabled individuals have written to us about the necessity of a warm pool in the city, when Berkeley High's warm pool is torn down next year. Property owners wrote us about the damaging impact of already-high parcel taxes on the local economy and on their own lives. While a warm pool is a worthy public service for our disabled citizens, we cannot justify another large tax when the city unemployment is above 10 percent and everybody, including property owners, is struggling.

We are acutely aware of the damage financial largesse can do the dire situation of California cities such as Vallejo and of the state as a whole is instructive. Our hearts say that we should endorse Measure C, but our brains say otherwise. The nature of these times says we follow our brains: Vote 'no' on Measure C.

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