Notice of Election and Deadlines for filing arguments and rebuttals

Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters, Elections

For Immediate Release
July 09, 2024

Notice of Election and Deadlines for filing arguments and rebuttals for Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA) Bond Measure to be voted on in Marin County

November 5, 2024, General Election

Lead County for BAHFA Measure:

County of Santa Clara
Office of the Registrar of Voters
1555 Berger Drive, Building 2
San Jose, California, 95112

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the qualified electors of Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA) located in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma, the cities within those counties, and the City and County of San Francisco (collectively referred to as the "Bay Area"), California, that in accordance with the provisions of the California Government Code and California Elections Code, an Election for purposes of a Regional Measure to be held on November 5, 2024, at which the following measure shall be submitted to and voted on by the qualified electors within the BAHFA.

REGIONAL MEASURE 4

BAY AREA AFFORDABLE PLAN. To address housing affordability and reduce homelessness by:

  • Providing an estimated 70,000 affordable apartments/homes;
  • Creating homes near transit, jobs, and stores;
  • Converting vacant lots/blighted properties into affordable housing; and
  • Providing first-time homebuyer assistance;

Shall the measure issuing $20,000,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying an estimated $19 per $100,000 of assessed valuation generating $670,000,000 annually while bonds are outstanding, and requiring public reporting, independent audits/citizen oversight, be adopted?

BONDS—YES                             BONDS—NO

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that arguments for or against said measure may be submitted to the County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters Office by electronic submittal to candidateservices@rov.sccgov.org or in-person at the address listed above at the Candidate Services Division, no later than 5 PM on July 23, 2024. The governing board or any member or members of the board, any individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure, or a bona fide association of citizens, or a combination of such voters and associations may file a written argument for or against the Measure. No argument shall exceed 300 words in length. No more than five signatures shall appear with any argument submitted. Printed arguments submitted shall be titled either "Argument in Favor of Measure" or "Argument Against Measure." Words used in the title shall not be counted when determining the length of any argument.

The County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters Office shall make the arguments available for public examination during business hours for a period of 10-calendar days starting on July 24, 2024, and ending on August 2, 2024, immediately following the filing deadline for submission of arguments.

The County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters Office will select an argument in favor and an argument against the measure to be printed and distributed in the County Voter Information Guides (CVIGs) of all nine counties.

The County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters Office will send a copy of the selected argument in favor of the measure to the authors of the argument against, and a copy of the selected argument against to the authors of the argument in favor. The authors may prepare and submit a rebuttal argument not to exceed 250 words in length. Each rebuttal argument shall immediately follow the direct argument that it seeks to rebut and shall be titled "Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure," or "Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure." Words used in the title shall not be counted when determining the length of any rebuttal argument. The rebuttal arguments must be filed with the County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters Office no later than 5 PM on July 30, 2024.

The County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters Office shall make the rebuttal arguments available for public examination during business hours for a period of 10-calendar days starting on July 31, 2024, and ending August 9, 2024, immediately following the filing deadline for submission of rebuttal arguments.

All arguments and rebuttals filed pursuant to this notice shall be accompanied by the following form statement to be signed by each author:

The undersigned author(s) of the ARGUMENT/REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF/AGAINST Ballot Measure at the Election in the BAHFA, counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma, the cities within those counties, and the City and County of San Francisco (collectively referred to as the "Bay Area"), to be held November 5, 2024, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

NOTICE FOR MARIN COUNTY VOTERS

NOTICE IS GIVEN that all active registered voters in Marin County will automatically be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot package by October 7, 2024, the vote centers for said election will be open starting on October 26, 2024, through November 5, 2024, for varying hours of operations. Please see the List of Vote Centers hours of operation printed in the Marin County Voter Information Guide that will be mailed to all registered voters starting September 26, 2024. The vote centers will be open on Election Day, November 5, 2024, from 7 AM until 8 PM. All ballots cast in said election in Marin County will be counted centrally at the Marin County Elections Department.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that, pursuant to Elections Code section 15101(b), Vote by Mail ballots may be opened and processed for counting beginning October 7, 2024, at the Marin County Elections Department.

Contact:

Melvin Briones
Assistant Registrar of Voters
Elections Department

Marin Civic Center Administration Building
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 121
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6443
Email: Melvin Briones
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