• San Mateo

NO on Measure Y

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Support a Bay Smart vision for San Mateo’s future

For nearly 30 years, San Mateo has had strict housing density and height limits that have added traffic, increased climate pollution, and encouraged urban sprawl – currently among the biggest threats to a healthy Bay.

Measure Y continues these outdated policies for another decade at a time when we have an urgent need to embrace new ideas, reduce traffic, and address the challenges of climate change.

Measure Y also makes it harder to solve our region’s ongoing housing crisis by restricting new development even around transit stations. That’s why it is opposed by housing advocates.

Save The Bay Action Fund urges San Mateo residents to invest in an equitable and sustainable future for their city by voting NO on Measure Y.

YES on Caltrain Measure RR

WIN – Yes 70.4%

A Bay Smart transit system needs your help to weather this storm and grow to meet future demand.

Caltrain provides vital transit service across Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties. People taking the train to work, school, and sporting events eliminate thousands of cars from clogged highways along the Peninsula. As more housing gets located within walking distance to Caltrain stations, people can become less car-dependent, with huge benefits to our environment and the climate.

Caltrain needs a stable revenue source to support continued service and for future expansions. Like every transit system in the country, Caltrain is facing deep ridership and financial losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Measure RR will provide Caltrain with the stable funding it needs to weather this storm and grow to meet future demand.

A future without Caltrain would be one with even worse traffic throughout the Peninsula and Silicon Valley, increased air and water pollution, and lost opportunities to build walkable, transit-oriented communities.

Vote Yes on Measures RR to ensure Caltrain remains a reliable, convenient, and affordable transit option.


YES on Proposition 15

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Cities need additional resources to fund Bay Smart infrastructure

Aging stormwater systems that fail to keep trash and contaminants out of our creeks and the Bay, more frequent flooding caused by sea-level rise that put our communities at risk, and pollution from traffic congestion that continues to harm the health of people and the environment all require significant investments that our cities struggle to afford.

Save The Bay Action Fund supports Proposition 15 because it will provide important new local funding and allow us to better protect our communities against the impacts of climate change, while improving the health the Bay for people and wildlife.

In the face of growing environmental challenges, our cities and counties can’t afford corporations continuing to avoid paying their fair share.

Save The Bay Action Fund supports increased funding for schools and communities, and urges you to vote YES on Proposition 15.

Proposition 15 FAQ

Protecting our communities and the Bay from pollution, sea-level rise, and climate threats takes resources. Proposition 15 will free up public funding for those investments by updating a 40-year old property-assessment system so that corporations pay their fair share. The economic downturn from the Covid-19 pandemic has caused municipal budget deficits at a time when public health and other services are urgently needed. We can’t afford to have cities and counties cut essential services and delay crucial community protections because of an outdated, unfair corporate tax break.
Bay Area voters support responsible solutions to sea-level rise, flooding and pollution of the Bay, but local governments struggle to fund the projects that protect people, communities, and water against these threats. By closing a tax break for corporations, Proposition 15 will provide cities and counties with more revenue to implement Bay Smart:Climate Smart solutions.
More than 92% of all revenue raised by Proposition 15 would come from the top 10% of commercial properties, and the measure includes important protections for small businesses. All commercial property valued at less than $3 million is exempt, and small businesses will also benefit from a new tax deduction for personal property used for business purposes.
By making corporations pay their fair share, Proposition 15 enables municipalities to fund services and invest in public infrastructure without increasing regressive sales taxes that disproportionately increase costs for lower-income residents.