The Oakland City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday night not to collect taxes for an early childhood education measure backed by Mayor Libby Schaaf that was approved by 62 percent of the voters last November but fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval.

Although Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker wrote in the voter pamphlet that Measure AA, known as the Oakland Children’s Initiative, needed two-thirds approval to win, the City Council voted 6-1 on Dec. 14 to declare that the measure had won and to have the city begin collecting the tax.

The Council majority based its vote on a 2017 California Supreme Court ruling that suggests that local initiatives such as Measure AA that are put on the ballot through a signature-gathering process

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