For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Tricia Piper-Bennett
Local Business Leaders, Community Based Organizations and Labor Unions Support Measure X
Consensus is Growing that Measure X is what Contra Costa needs as local fires and COVID-19 strain public and community-provided services
Martinez, CA— In the last week, Yes on Measure X has picked up endorsements from the East Bay Leadership Council, First 5 Contra Costa and both the East Contra Costa Fire District and the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO of Contra Costa County.
Please find the full list of current endorsements here: https://www.healthyandsafecontracosta.com/endorsements.
Supported by local businesses, community organizations including safety net providers, and labor unions, consensus is growing that Measure X is the necessary sustainable revenue source to fund the public and community services that the county needs. “With this COVID-19 pandemic, revenues to the hospital and to our county system are ever more important because there’s an increased need for all of the services that we offered before and new services,” stated Dr. David Pichardo-Gomez, County Family Medicine Resident physician and member of the Physicians’ and Dentists’ Organization of Contra Costa.
Before the pandemic began this year, community and labor organizations across the county worked together to develop a County Needs Assessment highlighting the public- and community-provided services in greatest need of funding to better serve county residents and families. If passed in the November election, revenues from Measure X, a county-wide general 0.5% sales tax, could be used to plug current gaps and expand access to the essential services that Contra Costa County needs.
The timing of Measure X could not be more auspicious. Recent fires and cascading implications from the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the need for services like firefighting, health equity, early childhood programming, and other safety net services. These crises are crippling the ability of county residents of all ages to feel secure in meeting their most basic needs, and already underfunded service providers need resources more than ever.
“Child care is essential to our economic recovery, but early childhood programs have had to either close down completely or operate with fewer kids,” Ali Uscilka, Director of Healthy and Active Before 5 explained. “Measure X is the opportunity we’ve been waiting for to bring more resources to the vital programs that can help us recover from the current crisis and address the long-term challenges we’ve faced.”
Healthy and Safe Contra Costa, Yes on Measure X will generate an estimated $81 million annually to fund services most essential to Contra Costa County’s needs.
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