Richmond parks and open spaces win big in election

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Richmond parks and open spaces won big in this election
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline near Atlas Road.

Richmond’s nearby parks and open spaces won big in the Tuesday’s election.

Measure FF, which renews an East Bay Regional Park District parcel tax that is set to expire, called Measure CC, received a whopping 84.2-percent voter approval Tuesday night. The measure needed 66.6-percent to pass.

The measure is a $1 per month per parcel tax and did not increase or change the existing rates. It will fund regional park services in Contra Costa and western Alameda counties, “including wildfire protection, public safety, public access, trails, visitor use facilities, and the restoration of natural habitat, urban creeks, and shorelines,” the district stated.

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“Wildfire protection was the top spending priority of Measure FF,” the district added, and will help support thinning or removing of hazardous vegetation on over 500 acres annually.

It will continue funding fire hazard reduction and sustainable forest management.

“The Park District thanks voters for approval of Measure FF and appreciates the thousands of residents in the community that participated in the election,” said EBRPD General Manager Robert Doyle. “Measure FF will provide essential funding for wildfire protection and public safety, improving public access, and restoring natural habitat.”

Measure FF was on the ballot in the communities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, and San Pablo.

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