South San Francisco, CA September 29, 2022 by Vice Mayor Buenaflor Nicolas
Like you, we believe childcare is an essential service South San Francisco must invest in. However, while Measure DD sounds like a great investment for our children, it actually comes with unintended consequences that will put our kids at risk and hurt working families and our city.
Measure DD is unsafe. There are no requirements for childcare teachers to be licensed or adhere to health and safety guidelines. The measure is also silent on what programs are required to teach.
Measure DD won’t provide preschool for all. A recent economic report showed that there is a $10.7 million shortfall. Over time as inflation, minimum wage, and tuition costs increase, that number will only rise, and thus preschool seats will be less available.
Measure DD is the biggest tax in city history. $56 million will be dedicated to childcare for children ages 2.5 to 5 years old. That is almost half of the city’s current budget focused on one issue. Millions of dollars will not be invested in public safety and affordable housing.
Measure DD will hurt working families. New construction and union jobs will slow if Measure DD passes, making South San Francisco unattractive for new businesses.
Measure DD actually does hurt small businesses: 109 businesses will be affected by this tax. Many of those are small, minority-owned businesses that rent their space on a parcel that is larger than 25,000+ square feet. Most office leases are triple net leases, meaning tax increases can be passed to tenants. Many local businesses won’t be able to absorb this huge tax and will be forced to close.
Measure DD is permanent. No changes can be made to the measure if it passes, meaning if something is not working, we will have to wait until the next election for voters to decide.
South San Francisco already has a Childcare Master Plan that has gathered $11 million in which licensed childcare and adhering to safety guidelines are mandatory. It won’t affect union work, prevent new biotech companies from coming to our city, and won’t hurt our small local businesses. The Childcare Master plan was developed by elected officials, local educators, and local businesses. It can also be changed as the needs of South San Francisco change.
We urge you to vote no on Measure DD.
Vice Mayor Buenaflor Nicolas