OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Those who engage in illegal dumping in Oakland should expect to face higher penalties for their activities after voters approved the city’s Measure RR Tuesday.
Measure RR removes the city’s limit of $1,000 for illegal dumping that has been in existence since 1968. The measure did not establish a new limit.READ MORE: Entire Bay Area, Most Of California Now Under Extreme Drought Conditions
That will be done by the City Council following a public hearing.READ MORE: Cal Fire Suspends Burn Permits In Northern California, North Bay Counties
Councilmembers placed the measure on the ballot and it passed with 59.7% of the vote after requiring just a majority to pass.
“Illegal dumpers and other code violators regularly break the law with impunity knowing that the financial consequences of violating the law are limited,” proponents argued in support of the measure.MORE NEWS: Child Tax Credit: Parents Will Soon Get A Monthly Check, But For How Much?
Opposed to the measure was the Alameda County Taxpayers Association, which argued that the measure will allow unlimited fines. They argued that the city should instead create a plan for ending illegal dumping.