Laborers, Carpenters and Plumbers Join Broad Coalition Opposing Measure A

Three Unions Representing Blue-Collar Workers Join Democratic Party, Republican Party and a Host of Other Leaders to Defeat Unfair and Deceptive Ballot-Box Planning Measure

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SAN DIEGO (January 29, 2020) – The No on A coalition has grown again, with three labor organizations pledging to educate their members about this deceptive ballot-box-planning measure and its loopholes and exemptions. The Laborers San Diego Local 89, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, and the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters, Refrigeration & HVAC Service Technicians Local Union 230 are the latest organizations that agree Measure A is unfair and would only serve to increase the cost of homes and apartments that already are too expensive for most working families.

These endorsements of No on A follow the highly unusual news of both the local Democratic and Republican parties announcing they have formally opposed Measure A and endorsed No on A – a rare unprecedented public display of support from both sides of the political spectrum. Measure A is the only measure opposed by the San Diego County Democratic Party AND the Republican Party of San Diego County.

Laborers San Diego Local 89 represents nearly 3,000 workers who build everything from skyscrapers to tunnels on job sites throughout the San Diego region, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters represents roughly 5,500 workers in San Diego County, and the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters, Refrigeration & HVAC Service Technicians Local Union 230 represents about 2,000 workers in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The unions joined the No on A coalition because Measure A would make it even harder for working families to find affordable homes and apartments and would force more of them into long commutes from lower-cost housing areas in Tijuana and Riverside. Other labor groups in the No on A coalition include CAL FIRE Local 2881, the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County, and the San Diego Police Officers Association.

“Our members are the ones who build up our transportation infrastructure, school facilities and other important projects for San Diego. They are literally and figuratively the backbone of our economy and they deserve to be able to live in the communities where they work,” said Valentine Macedo, Business Manager for LiUNA! Local 89. “Measure A is an unfair and deceptive measure that would take us in the wrong direction. Quite frankly, it’s being pushed by older, wealthy NIMBYs who want to shut out our members from living in their exclusive communities – forcing more of them to move to Riverside County and Tijuana and commute back for work. Our San Diego region is better than that, and voters should reject Measure A.”

"California is facing an affordable housing crisis, and Measure A would make San Diego County homes even more expensive and out of reach for more families," said Armando Nunez, Special Representative of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters in San Diego County. “Existing California law already allows challenges to the vast majority of construction projects, and San Diegans already have the ability to influence development at the ballot box by voting in their local elections. Measure A is unnecessary and will make our housing crisis worse. Vote No on Measure A."

Wealthy out-of-town investors funded an expensive signature-gathering effort to qualify Measure A (formerly SOS) for the March 2020 countywide ballot. Bankrolled by the owners of the Golden Door Spa in North County, these extremely wealthy Wall Street investors wrote it the way they did to keep affordable homes far away from their fancy $10,000-a-week luxury spa resort and force them into congested neighborhoods. Measure A would force a countywide vote of 1.6 million people anytime anyone, including a farmer or affordable housing developer, wanted to add as few as SIX homes to the County General Plan, yet it places no restrictions on commercial or industrial developments, including expanding the Golden Door. Economists say Measure A would make our housing crisis worse, and that it would disproportionately harm communities of color.

Measure A also would eliminate local control. If passed, voters in larger urban areas would make land-use decisions for small rural communities in North, East and South County.

The County’s General Plan is eight years old and does not include any affordable housing. Measure A would lock that plan in place for the next 20 years. That would eliminate most or all future home building, hurting our economy, driving rents and home prices even higher, and forcing more hard-working San Diegans to move to Riverside County, Tijuana, Arizona and beyond, according to economists.

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