Alameda firefighter featured in No on Prop. 53 commercial

ELECTION 2016 | An Alameda firefighter is featured in No on Proposition 53 ads soon to saturate the airwaves over the next three weeks.

The proposition carried by Stockton businessman Dino Cortopassi would require voters to approve individual state public works projects costing more $2 billion before the revenue bonds can be issued.

The proposition is opposed by labor unions, the state Chamber of Commerce and numerous municipalities. Most state newspapers also oppose Prop. 53. An Los Angeles Times editorial described Prop. 53 as “written so broadly that it could give state voters veto power over large but purely local projects in which they have little or no stake.”

But the regional ad featuring Alameda firefighter Juan Medrano instead focuses on a claim the proposition will hinder reconstruction projects that could follow man-made and natural disasters in the state.

The Sacramento Bee found the 30-second spot, which is being run in other parts of the state using public safety workers from those regions, “stretches the truth” regarding the proposition ‘s effect on responding to disasters, in addition, to local control.

Meanwhile, expect to see the No on Prop. 53 ads in the Bay Area often quite often. Politico reported Gov. Jerry Brown is expending a portion of his campaign largess to oppose the proposition. Campaign finance reports show Brown contributed $1.7 million to the cause last week.

Brown has skin in the game. If approved by voters next month, Prop. 53 could put the Delta twin water tunnels project in jeopardy. It is often viewed as one of the fourth-term governor’s legacy projects.

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