Bernie Sanders may have saved San Francisco Bay

The Vermont senator was beaten handily by Hillary Clinton in the June Democratic primary, winning just one Bay Area county, Sonoma. But political strategists behind the campaign for Yes on Measure AA, a $12 parcel tax in all nine Bay Area counties to pay for wetlands restoration and flood control, say their measure passed because Democratic turnout was higher than expected.

We call it the Bernie bump,” said Mia Hodge, a consultant with TBWB Strategies, a San Francisco firm that helped run the Yes on Measure AA effort.

TBWB Strategies is a for-profit campaign consulting firm based in San Francisco. It specializes in parcel tax and school bond campaigns.

According to TBWB Strategies, it has worked on approximately 80 school financing measures since 1996, and 70 of them passed.

So how’d they do it?

Well, it seems they held the vote on the same day of the california Democrat presidential primary.

Post-election analysis by the campaign discovered (wink wink) that Democrats instead of expected 55 percent turnout cast 61 percent of the ballots, and Republicans just 18 percent of expected 22 percent, with decline-to-state voters at 18 percent as well.

They attribute the breakdown to the fact that Sanders remained in the Democratic presidential race through the California primary, encouraging his global warming indoctrinated free shit crowd supporters, particularly non property owners, young people ages 18-29, to vote yes on the measure.
Clinton supporters were encouraged to do the same.

After voting for Sanders or Clinton, many of those same Democrats voted “yes” on the bay tax. By contrast, the Republican race was effectively over by June 7, with Donald Trump’s chief rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, having dropped out a month before, so there were fewer Republicans to vote against Measure AA.

The muscle behind YES on Measure AA

Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein and liberal environmental, business and community leaders from across the Bay Area organized YES on Measure AA.

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Bob Fisher (chairman of the Gap Inc. Board of Directors)

Campaign Co-Chairs

  • Andy Ball, Suffolk Construction Western Region President, former Bay Area Council Chair
  • Lenny Mendonca, former McKinsey Global Inst. Director, former Bay Area Council Chair

Executive Committee

  • Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • David Lewis, Save the Bay
  • Michael Mantell
  • Jim Wunderman, Bay Area Council
  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor
  • Linda LeZotte, Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • Brigid McCormack, Audubon California
  • Sam Schuchat, CA Coastal Conservancy
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Erica Wood, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Dave Koehler, Sonoma Land Trust
  • Jay Ziegler, The Nature Conservancy
  • Amanda Brown-Stevens, Trust for Public Land

U.S. Congress

  • U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
  • Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02)
  • Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05)
  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11)
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)
  • Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14)
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
  • Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17)
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18)
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
  • Rep. John L. Burton, Ret., and Current Chair, California Democratic Party
  • Rep. Pete McCloskey, Ret.
  • Rep. George Miller, Ret.


  • Hon. Sam Liccardo, City of San Jose
  • Hon. Edwin Lee, City of San Francisco
  • Hon. Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland
  • Hon. Mark Addiego, City of South San Francisco
  • Hon. Jason Baker, City of Campbell
  • Hon. Tom Bates, City of Berkeley
  • Hon. Gina Belforte, City of Rohnert Park
  • Hon. Pat Burt, City of Palo Alto
  • Hon. Tom Butt, City of Richmond
  • Hon. E. Manny Cappello, City of Saratoga
  • Hon. Richard Cline, City of Menlo Park
  • Hon. John F. Dunbar, City of Yountville
  • Hon. Jose Esteves, City of Milpitas
  • Hon. Alan Galbraith, City of St. Helena
  • Hon. Laurie Gallian, City of Sonoma
  • Hon. Leon Garcia, City of American Canyon
  • Hon. David Glass, City of Petaluma
  • Hon. Joe Goethals, City of San Mateo
  • Hon. Glenn Hendricks, City of Sunnyvale
  • Hon. Cameron Johnson, City of San Carlos
  • Hon. Rick Kowalczyk, City of Half Moon Bay
  • Hon. Cliff Lentz, City of Brisbane
  • Hon. Greg Lyman, City of El Cerrito
  • Hon. Peter Maass, City of Albany
  • Hon. Claire McAuliffe, City of Belvedere
  • Hon. Mark Millan, Town of Windsor
  • Hon. Elizabeth Patterson, City of Benicia
  • Hon. Eric Reed, City of Belmont
  • Hon. John Sawyer, City of Santa Rosa
  • Hon. John Seybert, City of Redwood City
  • Hon. Pat Showalter, City of Mountain View
  • Hon. Barbara Spector, City of Los Gatos
  • Hon. Steve Tate, City of Morgan Hill
  • Hon. Jill Techel, City of Napa
  • Hon. Perry Woodward, City of Gilroy
  • Hon. Amy Worth, City of Orinda
  • Hon. Art Agnos, City of San Francisco, Ret.
  • Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr., City of San Francisco, Ret.

Legislature & Statewide Officers

  • Gov. Jerry Brown
  • Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
  • Fiona Ma, Member, State Board of Equalization
  • Sen. Mike McGuire (SD 02)
  • Sen. Lois Wolk (SD 03)
  • Sen. Steve Glazer (SD 07)
  • Sen. Loni Hancock (SD 09)
  • Sen. Bob Wieckowski (SD 10)
  • Sen. Mark Leno (SD 11)
  • Sen. Jerry Hill (SD 13)
  • Sen. Jim Beall (SD 15)
  • Sen. Majority Leader Bill Monning (SD 17)
  • Sen. President Pro Tempore Don Perata, Ret.
  • Sen. Noreen Evans, Ret.
  • Asm. Bill Dodd (AD 04)
  • Asm. Tony Thurmond (AD 15)
  • Asm. David Chiu (AD 17)
  • Asm. Rob Bonta (AD 18)
  • Asm. Philip Ting (AD 19)
  • Asm. Bill Quirk (AD 20)
  • Asm. Kevin Mullin (AD 22)
  • Asm. Kansen Chu (AD 25)
  • Asm. Nora Campos (AD 27)
  • Asm. Evan Low (AD 28)
  • Asm. Mark Stone (AD 29)
  • Asm. Luis Alejo (AD 30)
  • Asm. Dion Aroner, Ret.
  • Asm. Paul Fong, Ret.
  • Asm. Sally Lieber, Ret.
  • Asm. Nancy Skinner, Ret.
  • Asm. Sandre Swanson, Ret.
  • Asm. Mariko Yamada, Ret.

County Supervisors

  • Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Alameda Co. Sup. Scott Haggerty (District 1)
  • Alameda Co. Sup. Wilma Chan (District 3)
  • Alameda Co. Sup. Nate Miley (District 4)
  • Contra Costa Co. Sup. John Gioia (District 1)
  • Marin County Board of Supervisors
  • Marin Co. Sup. Damon Connolly (District 1)
  • Marin Co. Sup. Katie Rice (District 2)
  • Marin Co. Sup. Kathrin Sears (District 3)
  • Marin Co. Sup. Steve Kinsey (District 4)
  • Marin Co. Sup. Judy Arnold (District 5)
  • Napa Co. Sup. Brad Wagenknecht (District 1)
  • Napa Co. Sup. Mark Luce (District 2)
  • Napa Co. Sup. Alfredo Pedroza (District 4)
  • Napa Co. Sup. Keith Caldwell (District 5)
  • San Francisco Sup. Eric Mar (District 1)
  • San Francisco Sup. Mark Farrell (District 2)
  • San Francisco Sup. Aaron Peskin (District 3)
  • San Francisco Sup. Katy Tang (District 4)
  • San Francisco Sup. London Breed (District 5)
  • San Francisco Sup. Jane Kim (District 6)
  • San Francisco Sup. Scott Wiener (District 8)
  • San Francisco Sup. David Campos (District 9)
  • San Francisco Sup. John Avalos (District 11)
  • San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • San Mateo Co. Sup. Dave Pine (District 1)
  • San Mateo Co. Sup. Carole Groom (District 2)
  • San Mateo Co. Sup. Don Horsley (District 3)
  • San Mateo Co. Sup. Warren Slocum (District 4)
  • San Mateo Co. Sup. Adrienne Tissier (District 5)
  • Santa Clara Co. Sup. Cindy Chavez (District 2)
  • Santa Clara Co. Sup. Dave Cortese (District 3)
  • Santa Clara Co. Sup. Ken Yeager (District 4)
  • Santa Clara Co. Sup. Joseph Simitian (District 5)
  • Solano Co. Sup. Erin Hannigan (District 1)
  • Solano Co. Sup. Linda Seifert (District 2)
  • Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
  • Sonoma Co. Sup. Susan Gorin (District 1)
  • Sonoma Co. Sup. Shirlee Zane (District 3)
  • Sonoma Co. Sup. James Gore (District 4)
  • Sonoma Co. Sup. Efren Carrillo (District 5)

Community Organizations & Civic Groups

  • The Aspiring Lawyers Club, Napa Valley College
  • Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
  • The Business Technology and Entrepreneurship Club, Napa Valley College
  • California Alliance for Jobs
  • California Interfaith Power & Light
  • California NAACP
  • Canal Alliance
  • Citizen Film
  • Dar Al Arqam Islamic Center (Napa County)
  • Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (San Francisco)
  • Intervarsity Christian Club, Napa Valley College
  • LandPaths
  • League of Women Voters of the Bay Area
  • League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley
  • Marin County Bicycle Coalition
  • Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning
  • Napa County Bicycle Coalition
  • Piedmont Garden Club
  • San Francisco Tenants’ Union
  • Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway Campaign
  • Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers
  • Solano County Islamic Center
  • SPUR
  • Students Serving Students Club, Napa Valley College
  • Trails for Richmond Action Committee (TRAC)
  • TransForm
  • Woodside-Atherton Garden Club

Business Groups

  • American Canyon Chamber of Commerce
  • Bay Area Council
  • Bay Planning Coalition
  • Chevron
  • Computers Corner (Vallejo)
  • East Bay Leadership Council
  • Environmental Entrepreneurs
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
  • Lyft
  • Marina Parkway Liquor (Vallejo)
  • Mountain View Chamber of Commerce
  • North Bay Leadership Council
  • Oakland Chamber of Commerce
  • Outdoor Industry Association
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
  • Redwood City Chamber of Commerce
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • San Francisco Giants
  • San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • San Mateo County Economic Development Association
  • Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
  • Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Labor Organizations

  • AFSCME District Council 57
  • Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Contra Costa AFL-CIO Labor Council
  • IFPTE Local 21
  • Marin Building Trades Council
  • Napa-Solano Building Trades Council
  • Napa-Solano Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • North Bay Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Operating Engineers Local No. 3
  • Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21
  • San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • San Mateo County Central Labor Council
  • SEIU Local 521
  • SEIU Local 1021
  • Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties Building & Trades Council
  • South Bay Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Teamsters Joint Council 7
  • UNITE HERE Local 2

Cities, Public Agencies & Associations

  • Cities Association of Santa Clara County
  • City of Alameda
  • City of Benicia
  • City of Fairfax
  • City of Fremont
  • City of Half Moon Bay
  • City of Mountain View
  • City of Santa Rosa
  • City of Sebastopol
  • City of Sonoma
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District
  • East Bay Regional Park District
  • Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency
  • Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • Regional Climate Protection Authority
  • Sonoma County Transportation Authority


  • San Jose Parks Foundation
  • San Mateo County Parks Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Environmental & Public Health Organizations

  • Acterra
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Asian Pacific Environmental Network
  • Audubon California
  • Bay Area Open Space Council
  • The Bay Institute
  • Berkeley Climate Action Coalition
  • Breathe California
  • California Council of Land Trusts
  • California League of Conservation Voters
  • Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge
  • Citizens for East Shore Parks
  • Clean Water Action
  • Committee for Green Foothills
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Ecology Center
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed
  • Friends of Five Creeks
  • Friends of the Napa River
  • Friends of Pine Meadow
  • Friends of San Francisco Estuary
  • Friends of the San Leandro Creek
  • Friends of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Friends of Stevens Creek Trail
  • Gallinas Watershed Council
  • Golden Gate Audubon Society
  • Green For All
  • Green Town Los Altos
  • Greenbelt Alliance
  • John Muir Land Trust
  • Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
  • League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay
  • Madrone Audubon Society
  • Marin Audubon Society
  • Marin Baylands Advocates
  • Marin Conservation League
  • MenloSpark
  • Mount Diablo Audubon Society
  • Napa-Solano Audubon Society
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Ohlone Audubon Society
  • Paula Lane Action Network
  • Peninsula Open Space Trust
  • Regional Parks Association
  • San Francisco Bay Joint Venture
  • San Francisco Baykeeper
  • San Francisco League of Conservation Voters
  • San Francisco Parks Alliance
  • Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters
  • Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
  • Save The Bay
  • Save Mount Diablo
  • Sempervirens Fund
  • Sequoia Audubon Society
  • SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Sierra Club
  • Solano Land Trust
  • Sonoma Birding
  • Sonoma County Conservation Action
  • Sonoma Ecology Center
  • Sonoma Land Trust
  • Sonoma Mountain Preservation
  • Students for a Sustainable Stanford
  • Sustainable Lafayette
  • Sustainable Novato
  • Sustainable San Mateo County
  • Sustainable San Rafael
  • Sustainable Silicon Valley
  • Tri-City Ecology Center
  • Trout Unlimited California
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Valley of the Moon Alliance
  • The Watershed Project

Their effort will generate a $500 million windfall over 20 years.
When the liberal pigs line up at the public trough the only thing that never seems to rise is their heads.  I am certain that figure will like their voracious appetite and girth balloon over the coming years.

Now now Northpal, don’t be such a conspiratard, that is a impressive bunch of community leaders.
There HAS to be some type of MERIT behind such an effort.

While Measure AA enjoys broad support from environmentalists, businesses, and politicians, including hundreds of organizations, it has also drawn some simmering criticism from some taxpayer groups and low income advocates who say it is a giveaway to the rich people and tech companies that own expensive waterfront property. Since anyone who owns a parcel, even if it’s inland, pays the same $12 a year, it’s an example of a regressive tax that affects the poor at a higher proportional rate than the rich.
So much for the RICH paying THEIR fair share, Eh!!!  BERNIE?

Homebuyers have proven to be a stubborn bunch when it comes to building and buying homes in coastal areas. If you’re in the market for oceanfront real estate, you might want to find a beach that’s on high ground.

What has changed in recent years is climate change awareness and fear of sea level rise.

Hmmmm…..indoctrination by fear?

Dr Mörner, formerly a Stockholm professor, is so certain that these claims about sea level rise are 100 per cent wrong is that they are all based on computer model predictions.

The elementary laws of physics (latent heat needed to melt ice) tell us that the apocalypse conjured up by Al Gore and Co could not possibly come about.

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