Riptide contributor Alan Wald shares the spotlight with California 11th District Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi at her New Year's party for friends and supporters, January 8, 2023 at the San Francisco Presidio Officers Club. (PHOTO BY RAYMOND SANCHEZ)
Pacificans will vote on two citywide measures this November.
Measure Q is an advisory measure urging the City Council to ban fireworks. Proponents say public safety requires Pacifica to prevent fire hazards, as conditions are drier than they were years ago, and the noise is stressful to people and animals. Opponents say kids' groups earn money by selling fireworks.
Measure Y, also needing a simple majority to pass, would impose a new sales tax based not on where the purchase was made but on the residence of the buyer. Pacificans buying gas in San Bruno, a car in Fremont, or electronics online would pay the tax, but residents of other communities would not.
Proponents say City Hall needs the estimated $2.6 million it would bring in each year. Opponents say the tax is regressive and inequitable, and that City revenues from the county, state, and federal government as well as local tax revenues have never been higher.