Thurmond Bill Will Permit Local Voters to Raise Funds to Address Homelessness, Transportation and Public Safety Passes Senate Transportation and Housing Committee

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SACRAMENTO - AB 2920, authored by Assemblymember Thurmond (D- Richmond), will provide voters in the City of Berkeley the opportunity to address homelessness and fund other city services such as mental health and public safety. This bill will also provide Placer County with the opportunity to approve a tax increase to support local transportation needs. The bill has passed out of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee today. 

“While we continue to address transportation and housing needs at the state level, cities and counties are seeking the flexibility needed to address these issues locally,” Thurmond said. “This bill will allow local voters to choose whether they want a minimal increase in taxes to provide local solutions. I am happy to partner with the City of Berkeley and Placer County in bringing these potential solutions to voters.” 

The City of Berkeley has a homeless crisis declaration in place. The number of individual homeless residents has increased by 16 percent since 2015 and is up 43 percent from 2009. In addition to generating more revenue to reduce homelessness, Berkeley seeks to use the additional funds in support of community policing and provide care to residents suffering from mental illnesses. Placer County intends to use the generated revenue to expand and refine local transit systems and walking/biking trails throughout the area.

AB 2920 is supported by the City of Berkeley, the County of Placer Board of Supervisors, and the California Tahoe Alliance. 

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.