By Wendy Lack
SF Chronicle columnists Matier & Ross consider the "power players" bankrolling the RM3 bridge toll measure on the June, 2018 Bay Area ballot ("Power players map strategy to get Bay Area bridge toll hike passed in June", April 8, 2018). RM3 supporters include the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (aka the Silicon Valley Manufacturers Association) and the Bay Area Council. Both groups were cheerleaders for Measure AA, the nine-county parcel tax approved by voters in 2016 that funnels tax money to Santa Clara County from the other Bay Area counties.
Given the same players are involved, it's no surprise the RM3 campaign uses the strategies from the successful Measure AA campaign. The end game is the same: Divert disproportionate amounts of taxpayer dollars to Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, at the expense of residents in other counties.
While there is no organized, funded opposition to RM3, its opponents include Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon), Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, Nine-County Coalition and the Alliance of Contra Costa Taxpayers.
Matier & Ross report the Yes on RM3 campaign "has amassed a $2 million war chest, including $350,000 from Facebook, $250,000 from Kaiser Permanente Health Care, $125,000 from Dignity Health Care and $125,000 from Salesforce."
Nine County Coalition asks a timely question: