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Local Democratic Clubs hosting forum on state propositions, BART bond

Contra Costa transportation sales tax also on list for Danville discussion

Four area Democratic Clubs are holding a public forum this Thursday night for residents interested in learning more about the 17 state propositions, the $3.5 billion BART bond and the proposed Contra Costa County 0.5% transportation sales tax to be decided this November.

The discussion, set to feature representatives from campaigns related to the ballot issues, will run from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Building at 400 Hartz Ave. in downtown Danville.

The event is free, but organizers said there is a $5 suggested donation. The forum is being put on by the Tri-Valley, San Ramon Valley, Lamorinda and Diablo Valley Democratic Clubs.

The 17 statewide propositions on the Nov. 8 ballot cover a range of issues, including marijuana legalization, the death penalty, $9 billion school facilities bond, a new cigarette tax, gun safety, condoms in adult films and single-use plastic bags.

BART this fall is also asking voters in its service jurisdiction to approve of the agency issuing $3.5 billion in general obligation bonds to fund system and infrastructure improvements. The bond measure requires two-thirds voter approval to pass.

Also needing support from more than two-thirds of participating voters is the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's plan for another 0.5% sales tax to support transportation projects -- this one, a 30-year tax that is estimated to generate $2.8 billion in funding.

For more information on Thursday's forum, visit the San Ramon Valley Democratic Club website. RSVP via email to btilford@pacbell.net.

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