Governor Signs Bill Helping the City of Berkeley and Placer County to Address Homelessness and Transportation

Thursday, September 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO - AB 2920, authored by Assemblymember Thurmond (D- Richmond), was signed by the Governor yesterday. The bill gives the City of Berkeley and Placer County authorization to place a measure on their respective ballots that will generate revenue to address homelessness in the City of Berkeley and transportation needs in Placer County.

In addition to reducing homelessness, Berkeley seeks to use the additional funds to support community policing and provide mental health services.  Placer County intends to use the revenue generated to expand and refine local transit systems and walking/biking trails throughout the area.

“This bill gives control to the voters in these regions to decide if they want to generate funds to address local issues,” Thurmond said.  “I am happy to work with the City of Berkeley and Placer County to address these concerns at the local level as we work toward a statewide solution.”

In support of this bill, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín said, “I want to thank Governor Brown for signing AB 2920 and Assemblymember Thurmond for carrying this legislation.” Mayor Arreguín continues. “With the limits of Proposition 13 there are fewer ways for local governments to generate the revenues to fund essential services. Berkeley and the East Bay are facing a crisis of homelessness. AB 2920 will provide the City of Berkeley with an opportunity to bring a tax increase before local voters to address homelessness, public safety and other city services.”

Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery said, “Placer County would like to thank Governor Brown, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, and the City of Berkeley for allowing residents of the North Lake Tahoe region to have a voice over local services.  AB 2920 is about local control and flexibility. It gives local voters the ability to raise revenue to fund important transportation, trails and transit services in the North Lake Tahoe region.  Local control is and always will be a top priority for Placer County and AB 2920 strengthens this bond.”

AB 2920 was 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.

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