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Yes! $4.1 Billion SB5 Park Bond Bill Passes on to Governor’s Desk

September 19, 2017


In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the California legislature passed SB5, a $4.1 Billion park bond bill, with ​unanimous support from the Bay Area’s legislative delegation. To pass, SB5 needed a supermajority of 54 Assembly votes, and thanks to our delegation’s support and strong leadership from the bill’s lead sponsor Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, it garnered the necessary 54 votes. After all Bay Area senators voted yes on the measure and it passed, SB5 was referred to Governor Brown for his signature, which he has 12 days to sign.

Following 18 months of work asking legislators to allocate a fair share of the bond’s funding to our region, the Bay Area land conservation community rallied around the final SB5 package and worked to pass the measure. The bond will come before voters on the June 5, 2018 ballot. It would allocate $60 million for Bay Area priorities, and the region’s agencies and organizations would also be eligible to apply for over $1 billion in grants funded by the bond. Deb Callahan, Executive Director of the Bay Area Open Space Council spoke about this with the Mercury News.

To view a breakdown of money the Bay Area will be allocated or eligible to apply for through various grant programs, click here for a one page summary.