2020 Election

In November of 2020, East Bay residents voted on a number of important ballot measures and candidates that will impact the opportunities for expanding affordable housing, racial, and economic equity for decades to come. This page provided information on voting and our endorsements based on how state and local ballot initiatives would impact affordable housing opportunities for low-income residents in the East Bay. Below you can see the status of each ballot measure we endorsed.

Statewide Ballot Measure Endorsements

EBHO Statewide Ballot Endorsements

Yes on Prop 15:

Schools & Communities 1st

Result: EBHO Supported, it DID NOT pass.

  • 1978: Prop 13 limited property tax assessments
  • Created budget shortfalls for schools and local governments
  • Prop 15 reinstates regular reassessment of commercial property
  • Increases revenue for schools, county, cities, and districts:
  • $650 million in Alameda County
  • $385 million in Contra Costa County
  • Doesn’t impact residential property
  • Includes protections for small businesses

Yes on 15: Schools & Communities First – https://www.yes15.org/

Join us to phone bank in support of Prop 15!

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Yes on Prop 16:

Restoring Affirmative Action

Result: EBHO supported, it DID NOT pass.

  • 1996: Prop 209 banned Affirmative Action
  • Prop 16 repeals Prop 209
  • Restores ability of public entities to consider race and gender in decisions about public education, employment, and contracting
  • Yes vote = vote for racial and economic justice

Yes on Prop 16: https://voteyesonprop16.org/

Yes on Prop 17:

Voting Restoration for People on Parole

Result: EBHO supported it DID pass!

Yes on Prop 17 – Voting Restoration for people on parole: Prop 17 will amend the California Constitution so that Californians who have completed their prison term can fully participate in our democracy by restoring their right to vote.

Yes on Prop 16: https://yeson17.vote/

Yes on Prop 21: Rental Affordability Act

Result: EBHO supported, it DID NOT pass.

  • 1995: Costa-Hawkins Act put limits on local rent-control laws
  • Prop 21 amends Costa-Hawkins to:
    • Allow rent control on buildings after 15 years of occupancy
    • Allow rent control on single-family rentals, unless landlord only owns 1-2 units
    • Cap rent increases on vacated units at 15% over 3 years (plus allowable rent increases)
  • It doesn’t create new rent control laws; it expands the ability of cities to adopt laws to keep rents affordable. Currently, city officials are limited by Costa Hawkins when creating rental affordability laws for their cities.

Yes on 21: https://yeson21ca.org/


NO on Proposition 20:

Result: EBHO opposed this measure, it DID NOT pass.

Overall, Proposition 20 would increase the time people spend in jail or prison for nonviolent crimes. EBHO joins justice organizations across the state in speaking out against this proposition, which would set back many equity-oriented reforms in the criminal justice system, contributing to more housing barriers for formerly incarcerated Californians. https://noprop20.vote/

No on Proposition 22:

Result: EBHO opposed, it DID pass.

No on Proposition 22:

Proposition 22 would classify drivers of app-based transportation and delivery companies as “independent contractors” instead of “employees.” The right of employees to a minimum wage and benefits, access to labor protections, the ability to organize, among other provisions, are essential to workers. We are concerned that companies including Uber, Lyft and Doordash are spending huge amounts of money this election cycle to overturn a recent passed state labor standards law (A.B. 5), while complaining that they don’t have the money to pay their drivers more unless the companies leave the state or charge more to consumers. Drivers for rideshare apps should earn enough to afford housing near where they work instead of sleeping in their rideshare cars after a long shift.


Alameda County

Yes on Measure W: Home Together

Result: EBHO supported, it DID pass!

  • Provides funding to protect and house our most vulnerable neighbors
  • Includes housing assistance, mental health resources, job training, and other services and supports
  • Raises an estimated $150 million/year through ½ cent increase in sales tax
  • Revenue goes to General Fund; guided by Home Together plan adopted by Board of Supervisors

How you can Support Home Together:

  • Tell everyone you know to “vote down your whole ballot”
  • Visit www.hometogether2020.org to join the email list, endorse or donate
  • Help get endorsements from community and elected leaders
  • Contact gloria@ebho.org to get connected with the campaign

Yes on W Campaign Website: www.hometogether2020.org

Contra Costa County

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Yes on Measure X: Healthy & Safe Contra Costa

Result: EBHO supported, it DID pass!

  • Provides funding to address unmet needs, including public health and social services
  • Housing and homelessness identified as high priority in needs assessment and polling
  • Raises an estimated $81 million/year through ½ cent increase in sales tax
  • Revenue goes to General Fund, rather than dedicated uses
  • Oversight Committee will conduct annual needs assessment and recommend priorities

Yes on Measure X: https://www.healthyandsafecontracosta.com/learn_more

View our “Affordable Housing on the Ballot” event for more discussion on the history and impact of each of these ballot measures.

City of Berkeley

Yes on Measure MM:

Result: EBHO supported, it DID pass!

  • Measure MM amends rent control and tenant protection laws to:
  • Allow City to prohibit evictions for non-payment of rent during future emergencies (like COVID-19)
  • Collect data on units now partially exempt from rent control: single-family rentals, condos, and new construction
  • Limit rent-control exemption for ADUs to 1 ADU per owner-occupied single-family property

Read the Berkeley City Attorney’s Analysis of the Measure.

City of Alameda

Yes on Measure Z: Repeal Exclusionary Zoning

Result: EBHO supported, it DID NOT pass.

  • Since 1973 laws have banned development of multifamily and affordable housing, making housing unaffordable for many
  • Measure Z repeals these laws (“Article 26” or “Measure A”) from the charter, allowing the public to use existing democratic processes such as the Planning Board and City Council to decide where, how densely, and at at what income levels housing will be zoned. This will allows the city to zone for multifamily housing, including affordable rental housing.
  • Zoning for more affordable rental housing will help prevent displacement and repair history of racial exclusion

Yes on Z Campaign Website: https://www.yesonmeasurez.com/

Read Up on the Historical Context of Racism & displacement. They inform the context of Measure Z.

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View a recording of our Action Friday Event: Housing Justice in Alameda & Measure Z. We review the history of economic and racial inequity through the housing system in Alameda with guests Rasheed Shabazz, historian and activist, and Laura Thomas, President of Renewed Hope Housing Advocates.

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