Measure B1


The Alameda Unified School District announced that it had reached a stipulated agreement with the plaintiffs — Nelco, Inc., Santa Clara Investors II and Edward Hirschberg — in the lawsuit challenging Measure B1. In order to bring Measure B1 into full alignment with Measure A, which B1 is replacing, one of Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou’s stipulations requires that Measure B1 incorporate the $299 tax on unimproved parcels provided for in Measure A. Other stipulations that Petrou approved remained unclear when the Alameda Sun went to press on Tuesday. 


Measure B1 parcel tax in question

Three owners of commercial property in Alameda — Nelco, Inc., Santa Clara Investors II and Edward Hirshberg — have filed suit in Alameda County Superior Court against the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). Records list Hirshberg as president and two other members of the Hirshberg family — Jerilyn and Wilson — as part-owners of Nelco Inc. 


As the father of a Maya Lin School third-grader I have a keen interest in the passage of Measure B1 this November. Measure B1 is a renewal of an existing parcel tax that has already been approved by voters, but is set to expire soon. It accounts for 12 percent of the school district’s budget. 


As the person who originated the concept of square footage taxation in 1980, I am writing to urge voters to oppose the Alameda Unified School District’s Measure B1 on the November ballot.

Measure B1 is a regressive tax which worsens the unfairness imposed by Proposition 13, and it is likely unlawful under current statute and it is unnecessary as the current tax does not expire until 2019.