OAKLAND (KRON)—Mayor Libby Schaff and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom hopped on bikes and took to the streets to promote Measure KK in Oakland
KRON4’s Hermela Aregawi explains the improvements this measure is promising to bring to the city.
“We’re going to get on those streets, on those beautiful bikes, right now, said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
About two dozen Oakland residents joined Schaff for bike ride Saturday afternoon.
Schaff is championing Measure KK, a $600 million, and 10 year proposal.
More than half of which would be designated for rehabbing roads.
“In 10 years, instead of just a quarter of our streets being in decent condition, more than 70 percent of our streets can be safe, healthy and smooth,” Schaaf said.
Schaff invited cyclists of various ages to advocate for the measure with just a few days left to vote.
“When I leave my house, every curb I go up it’s a pothole, seeing the potholes getting fixed and there’s a measure for that, I fully support that,” one Oakland resident said.
Proponents claim $150 million would be used to upgrade public facilities like fire and police stations, libraries and parks.
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom also attended Saturday’s event to support the measure.
“Oakland has a unique opportunity to not only provide the kind of investment that’s long overdue for streets, roads and sidewalks, but also for affordable housing to make Oakland more affordable,” Newsom said.
The remaining $100 million would go towards buying and protecting affordable housing.
But the East Bay Rental Housing Association which represents landlords and property managers says proponents are using affordable housing as “bait” for an expensive infrastructure project that will fall on property owners.
Early this year, the city conducted a survey and found 75 percent of responders said they would vote for this measure. But we couldn’t find any outside polling. so we won’t know until after Tuesday how popular this measure really is.