MARTINEZ -- Primary arguments in favor and in opposition to several measures on the June 3 ballot are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Registrar of Voters Joe Canciamilla announced last week. Measure E, a $450 million bond measure in the Contra Costa Community College District, would add $13 a year per $100,000 of assessed value to the current $13 assessment, for a total of $26 a year per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure needs 55 percent voter approval to pass. Measure G, in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, which includes parts of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, a proposed parcel tax of $138 a year for seven years would fund advanced math, science and engineering courses; facilities maintenance; teacher retention; and classroom technology and instructional materials. Measure G requires two-thirds voter approval. Measure H, a $270 million school construction bond measure in the West Contra Costa Unified School District, would add $10 a year in taxes per $100,000 in assessed valuation for property owners initially, rising to a maximum of $36 per $100,000. The measure needs 55 percent voter approval to pass. Measure L, a $2 million bond measure in the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District, is designed to modernize the Kensington Community Center and make it seismically safe. It requires two-thirds voter approval.
The deadline for rebuttal arguments for Measure L, if applicable, is 5 p.m. March 24.
Ballot arguments pertaining to two city measures, in Orinda and San Pablo, must be filed with the respective city clerk's offices. Orinda's Measure J, a $20 million bond measure for repair and maintenance of roads and storm drains, would cost property owners an estimated $16.33 a year per $100,000 of assessed valuation; it needs a two-thirds majority to pass. San Pablo's Measure K would hike the sales tax in the city by a quarter of a percent to fund increased emergency medical services; two-thirds voter approval is required.
Orinda's deadlines are the same as the county's. A San Pablo official said the deadline for Measure K ballot arguments is 5 p.m. Friday. There is no provision for rebuttal arguments in San Pablo.
The Orinda City Clerk's Office is at 22 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563; The San Pablo City Clerk's Office is at 13831 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo CA 94806.
The county has posted a guide for submitting arguments at www.cocovote.us/wp-content/uploads/localmeasureguide.pdf. For more information, call 925-335-7874.
Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at Twitter.com/tomlochner.