Oakland, Ca – On Tuesday night, April 16th 2019, Oakland’s full City Council voted on whether or not to collect the Measure AA tax (Children’s Initiative of 2018).
Last year, Measure “AA” was put forth to Oakland voters. The measure received about 62 percent voter approval and on the official election site of Alameda County, including Oakland’s City Attorney, Barbara Parker’s ballot statement, stated that it would require a two-thirds vote, which would call for at least 66 percent voter approval.
In December of 2018, the Oakland City Council, which included three Councilmembers who are no longer on the City Council – Campbell Washington (D4), Guillen (D2), Brooks (D6) – voted to certify Measure AA as passing with 6 ayes, 1 no (McElhaney) and 1 absent (Brooks).
Councilmember Sheng Thao’s statement (District 4 representative):
“I’m a strong supporter of Early Childhood Education and openly supported and voted for Measure AA when it was on the ballot this past November. My vote tonight at Council to NOT collect Measure AA tax is about maintaining the voters’ trust, integrity and ensuring transparency with Oakland voters.”
The motion passes Tuesday to NOT collect the tax, thus the Council will be directing the City Administrator not to collect first year Measure AA tax and the City Council will review the issue in a year to see where litigation lies.