Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Announces Local Candidate Endorsements, Supports Park District Tax
The Board of Directors of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has endorsed candidates in three competitive local elections: Monterey City Council, Seaside Mayor and Pacific Grove Mayor. It has also announced its support for Measure E, a special tax for the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. READ MORE
The Chamber Takes A Stand
Top local issues of concern to the Chamber include water supply, road and highway improvements, access to affordable family housing and a strong commitment to keep local military bases open. Chamber leaders interviewed representatives of groups in support and in opposition to the regional ballot initiatives below.
YES on Measure E (Monterey Peninsula)
Provides a steady and sustainable revenue source ($1.2 million annually) for the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District to acquire and maintain regional public parkland; changes from a benefits assessment tax with "sunset" provisions to a permanent parcel tax.
NO on Measure P (City of Pacific Grove)
This measure is a tax on events and admissions in Pacific Grove with a majority of the burden falling on nonprofits and small businesses. The city's persistent budget challenges should be addressed, but not with the unintended consequences of this flawed ballot measure.
YES on Measure X (County of Monterey)
Enables Monterey County to become a Self-Help county. Funds would be used to improve safety and maintenance on roads and highways; repair potholes; reduce traffic congestion; improve transportation for seniors, young people and those with disabilities. As a result, walking and cycling would become safer.
NO on Measure Z (County of Monterey)
Monterey County can't afford to lose tax revenues that support critical social services. Gas and oil operations would be shut down within five years due to onerous regulations, which, in turn, would cause hundreds of millions of dollars in economic loss and jobs in South County.