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Land-use ballot measures, November 2002

Alameda County: City of Alameda: Measure E: Initiative to amend the general plan and rezone the 22-acre Beltline Railroad Property from medium-density residential, general industry and parks to solely parks and public open space. Slow growth � yes. Yes: 53.1% Measure D: Placed on ballot by City Council. Postpones Measure E implementation. Requires city to file validation suit to determine if city must compensate Beltline Railroad Property owners for downzoning. Property has been appraised at $20 million to $25 million. If court rules compensation necessary, then city must put tax increase on future ballot. Pro growth � yes. Yes: 51.6%

City of Albany: Measure F: $14.5 million bond for repairs and improvements to, and for additional, public buildings, streets and parks. (2/3 required) Yes: 69.5% City of Berkeley: Measure I: $7.2million bond to build an animal shelter. (2/3 required) Yes: 68.5% Measure J: $21.5 million bond to renovate and seismically retrofit the Old City Hall building, which houses the council chambers and the county Superintendent of Schools office. (2/3 vote) No: 60.4% Measure L: A special tax of 1.3 cents per square foot of improvements to fund pedestrian safety projects. Would tax average house about $25 and raise about $1 million annually for 10 years. (2/3 vote) No: 45.8% Measure M: Increases in the property transfer tax by 0.5% to raise money for the housing trust fund, emergency homeless assistance and housing safety programs. Houses costing less than $350,000 or 105% of the previous selling price are exempt. Would raise about $2 million annually. (2/3 vote) No: 48.7% Measure N: Allows the City Council to amend the Waterfront Specific Plan, which voters approved via Measure Q in 1986. The specific plan placed tight limits on what can be built between Interstate 80 and the Berkeley Marina. At issue is 56 acres owned by Magna Entertainment Co., which also owns nearby Golden Gate Fields race track. Magna wants to build hotels and restaurants. Any changes to the specific plan would again need voter approval. Placed on ballot by City Council. Slow growth � yes. Yes: 67.2% Measure P. Initiative to reduce the permissible height of buildings in commercial districts outside the downtown core area. Cuts maximum height from 50 feet to 28 or 35 feet. Allows 10-foot exceptions for affordable housing projects. Prohibits variances. Slow growth � no. No: 80.0% Castro Valley Measure Q. Incorporation of a community of 58,000 people in the East Bay hills. No: 72.2% City of Fremont Measure R: $51 million bond to replace three fire stations, rehabilitate others and build a public safety training center. (2/3 vote) Yes: 74.0% Measure T: An initiative that modifies the Hillside Initiative originally approved in 1981. The new initiative requires 20-acre minimums in the city's hills, and 100-acre minimums in any hillside areas that the city annexes. Also greatly limits potential land uses. Slow growth � yes. Yes: 57.4% City of Hayward: Measure U: Amends the general plan to delete reference to a specific route for a long-proposed Route 238 bypass, and allows the City Council to pursue other freeway projects. Successful litigation has blocked the city from pursuing the earlier bypass route. Yes: 61.6% City of Oakland: Measure DD. $198 million bond to help fund the Lake Merritt Park Master Plan. The measure provides money for lake cleanup, estuary restoration and access, acquisition of land and construction of recreational facilities. Will cost property owners about $20 per $100,000 of assessed value. (2/3 vote). Yes: 80.2% City of Pleasanton: Measure V: Initiative to prohibit housing development on 318 acres owned by the city known as the Bernal Property. City currently has a specific plan for the site that requires voter approval before any development is implemented, and a city task force has "suggested" developing senior housing or affordable housing on a small part of the land. Slow growth � yes. Yes: 60.4% Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District: Measure AA. Annual parcel tax of $24 per year to fund bus service. Would generate about $7.5 million annually for five years. Newark and Fremont excluded. (2/3 vote) Yes: 68.1% Bay Area Rapid Transit District (San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties): Measure BB: $1.05 billion bond to seismically retrofit BART. (2/3 vote) No: 35.8% Butte County: City of Paradise: Measure K: An initiative to repeal establishment of a redevelopment agency, which the City Council created in February. Slow growth � no. No: 67.1% Contra Costa County: City of Clayton: Measure E: General plan amendment to allow service stations as permitted uses in the town center commercial land use designation. City wants to sell one acre at Clayton Road and Center Street to developer for a gas station and car wash. Placed on ballot by City Council. Pro Growth � no. No: 67.1% Fresno County: Measure CC. 30-year extension of half-cent sales tax for transportation. Currently expires in 2007. (2/3 vote) No: 46.3% Humboldt County: Measure C. Parcel tax of $10 to repair Veterans Memorial Building in Eureka and to build other veterans halls. Tax would drop to $5 annually after 10 years. (2/3 vote) No: 55.9% Los Angeles County: Measure A: $250 million bond to retrofit county museums for earthquake and fire safety. (2/3 vote) No: 39.5% City of Lawndale: Measure N. Would amend the general plan to allow the redevelopment agency to use eminent domain to acquire property zoned commercial or industrial. Pro growth � no. No: 60.5% City of Los Angeles Measure F: San Fernando Valley secession. No: 66.9% (Valley vote only: Yes: 50.8%) Measure H: Hollywood secession. No: 71.3% (Hollywood vote only: No: 68.3%) City of Santa Monica: Measure FF. Charter amendment to tighten the rent control law to make it harder to evict tenants. Also makes "move in discount" rents the base rental rate. Yes: 62.8% Measure II. Charter amendment to authorize the conversion of rental housing to condos, stock cooperatives and other forms of common ownership. Essentially reauthorizes a TORCA (Tenant Ownership Rights Charter Amendment) law that expired in 1996. No: 64.5% Measure KK. Allows the city to spend all TORCA tax revenues (equal to one year's rent on a converted unit) for affordable housing development. Now, half the revenue must be spent to purchase, rehab or lease converted units. Yes: 50.6% Marin County: Town of Tiburon: Measure I: An initiative to amend the general plan to define more broadly "prime open space" and to prohibit almost any development of that territory. The measure is aimed at undeveloped hills and the shoreline. Would affect 18 undeveloped parcels. Slow growth � no. No: 52.0% Merced County: Measure M. Half-cent, 20-year sales tax for transportation. Would be county's first. Would raise about $212 million. (2/3 vote) No: 38.7% Monterey County: City of Monterey: Measure B. Advisory vote on whether to dissolve the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, whose ban on water-credit transfers and inability to secure new water supplies have brought criticism. Yes: 62.0% City of Marina: Measure R. $8 million bond to build new library. (2/3 vote) Yes: 80.7% Orange County: Measure B. Advisory vote on whether the Board of Supervisors should demand that the Navy clean up toxic contamination at El Toro before transferring the property. Yes: 60.3% City of San Juan Capistrano. Measure CC. Referendum on the Whispering Hills project, which entails 175 houses and a new high school. Slow growth � yes. No: 56.6% Measure DD. Advisory measure on whether the city should sell 13 acres of city property, known as the Lower Rosan Property, to Home Depot for $9 million. Pro growth � no. No: 69.0% City of Seal Beach: Measure FF. Charter amendment to prohibit rent control. No: 51.1% Nevada County: Measure D. Initiative to compensate landowners for government regulation that impedes development. Similar to Oregon's Measure 7 from 2000. Pro growth � no. No: 57.2% Riverside County: Measure A. Extension of half-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects and mitigating environmental projects. A key part of the Riverside County Integrated Project. (2/3 vote) Yes: 69.0% Sacramento County: City of Folsom. Measure P: Water Meter Initiative that blocks the city's plan to retrofit 6,600 existing homes with water meters and charge residents for the cost. Initiative backers say city is making current residents pay for growth. Yes: 54.4% City of Galt: Measure R: Initiative that limits single-family housing permits to 123 to 308 per year. The number depends on city general fund revenue. Slow growth � no. No: 55.5% Rancho Cordova: Measure W: Incorporation. Yes: 77.7% San Bernardino County: City of Chino: Measure A: General plan amendment to rezone 435 acres from institutional to residential. The state owns about 700 acres next to a prison and plans to sell it as surplus to the city, the community college district and a developer. Those three entities intend to pursue a specific plan for the area. Election required by 1988 initiative regarding residential zoning. Pro growth � yes. Yes: 56.4% Measure Z: General plan amendment to rezone half an acre from office to multi-family residential to accommodate a senior housing project. Election required by 1988 initiative regarding residential zoning. Pro growth � yes. Yes: 71.5% San Diego County: Campo/Lake Morena: Proposition Z: Changes the Campo/Lake Morena Community Planning Group from a body appointed by the Board of Supervisors to an elected body. Seen as a slow-growth measure. Yes: 56.3% City of Carlsbad: Proposition B: Removes existing requirement that city capital improvements or real estate acquisitions costing more than $1 million be subject to voter approval. Placed on ballot by City Council. No: 66.2% Proposition C: Would allow the city spend more than $1 million on each of the following: a swimming pool, open space acquisition and trails, a public safety training facility, an extension of Cannon Road to Oceanside. Placed on ballot by City Council. Yes: 59.5% City of Encinitas: Proposition H: In initiative that directs the city to build a proposed new library on Quail Garden Drive, and not at a site the city has chosen. The initiative also requires the library to be at least 25,000 square feet and requires the city to build it within 30 months. No: 64.0% City of Escondido: Proposition J: General plan amendment for 6.8 acres adjacent to Interstate 15. Changes permitted uses from residential to planned commercial to accommodate a proposed pediatric medial center and an animal hospital. Election required by 1998 initiative. Voters defeated commercial development proposal for site in 2000. Pro growth � yes. Yes: 64.8% City of Oceanside. Proposition M. Initiative to designate 545-acre El Corazon property, a former sand mine, as parkland. City owns the site, which was proposed as golf course in conjunction with a proposed hotel on the beach. But the Coastal Commission rejected the resort. Slow growth � no. No: 50.1% Pine Valley: Proposition DD. Changes the Pine Valley Community Planning Group from a body appointed by the Board of Supervisors to an elected body. Seen as a slow-growth measure. Yes: 66.2% City of San Diego: Proposition A: Would allow the city to develop or acquire up to 5,000 units of "low rent" housing. Election required by Article 34 of state constitution. Pro growth � yes. Yes: 69.1% City of Solana Beach. Proposition O. Rezones 0.2 acres from public/institutional to residential. Three homeowners purchased the property from Solana Beach School District to expand their backyards. Subsequent election required by Proposition T of 2000. Yes: 71.3% Valley Center Parks and Recreation District: Proposition GG. Parcel tax of $14 annually to fund open space and park land purchases, and to maintain existing facilities. (2/3 vote) Slow growth � no. No: 39.1% San Francisco: Measure A. $1.6 billion bond to fund upgrades to Hetch Hetchy water system. Yes: 53.7% Measure B. $250 million housing bond to fund acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of low- and moderate-income housing, and for down payment assistance. Pro growth � yes. Yes: 56.9% Measure M. Expands the responsibilities of the Office of Economic Development and funds the office with existing business registration fees. No: 51.9% Measure R. Allows apartment buildings of any size to be converted to condos and allows up to 1% of total housing units (about 3,400) to be converted annually. Currently, only buildings of up to 6 units can be converted, and there is a conversion limit of 400 units per year. No: 60.7% San Mateo County: City of East Palo Alto: Measure J. Requires the city to spend 10% of transient occupancy tax (TOT) "for affordable housing purposes." The city has no hotel, but a proposed Four Seasons Hotel would generate about $2 million of TOT annually. Yes: 59.8% City of Pacifica: Measure E. Allows the city to approve up to 315 housing units as part of a proposed mixed-use development on land known as the "Quarry site." Residential portion of project subject to vote under 1983 initiative. Pro growth � no. No: 66.2% Santa Barbara County: City of Solvang Measure L: An initiative that would allow a property owner to build a replica of Copenhagen's Tivoli wheel amusement ride in a portion of a parking lot in this town of Danish replicas. No: 59.7% Santa Clara County: Measure A: Advisory vote on Valley Transportation Plan 2020, which calls for extensive transit improvements, including a connection to BART. Yes: 82.6% Measure B: Directs future, discretionary state and federal funds to highways and other roads, and away from transit projects. Yes: 74.1% City of Palo Alto: Measure D: $49.1 million bond to renovate and expand Children's Library and to replace Mitchell Park Library and Community Center. (2/3 vote) No: 38.6% City of San Jose: Measure E: Allows the city to lease 0.56 acres of the 9.3-acre Ramblewood Park to Franklin-McKinley School District for construction of an elementary school. Yes: 62.7% Measure F: Increases the TOT from 10% to 14% to help pay for a possible 370,000-square-foot convention center expansion. Pro growth � yes. Yes: 64.8% Santa Cruz County: City of Watsonville: Measure U. An initiative that moves the Urban Limit Line to allow housing and some commercial development on 500 acres of farmland that the city would annex. But the measure prohibits further ULL changes without voter approval. Also changes general plan policies for seven specific areas to encourage housing development. Pro growth � yes. Yes: 60.2% Solano County: Measure G: Half-cent sales tax for transportation. Would raise at least $800 million over 20 years. (2/3 vote) No: 40.1% Sonoma County: City of Santa Rosa: Measure K. Allows the city to double the number of subsidized rental units from 297 to 594. An Article 34 election. Pro growth � yes. Yes: 62.9% Town of Windsor: Measure X. Initiative to cap housing permits at 150 � or up to 225, including permits issued under existing development agreements � for a rolling three-year period. Initiative exempts affordable housing projects. Opposed by unanimous City Council. Slow growth � no. No: 59.8% Ventura County: City of Ojai: Measure C. An initiative that would prevent development of any kind unless the project can fully mitigate its traffic. Slow growth � no. No: 65.4% City of Santa Paula: Measure F: Initiative to expand the city's urban growth boundary by 5,200 acres to accommodate a large housing and retail development. Subsequent election required by 2000 SOAR initiative. Pro growth � no. No: 63.4% City of Simi Valley: Measure B: An initiative that would tighten the SOAR boundary to prevent development of Alamos Canyon, where a 2,800-acre, mixed-use development has been proposed. Slow growth � no. No: 64.1% City of Ventura: Measure A. An initiative to extend sewer and water service to about 800 acres of hillside territory to allow development of 1,390 homes. Pro growth � no. No: 70.3% Yolo County: City of West Sacramento: Measure L. An initiative to rezone all industrial land in the southern half of city for residential or commercial uses. Similar to initiative that barely failed in 1990. Slow growth � no. No: 70.2% City of Woodland: Measure I. Amends the mobile home rent control ordinance approved by voters in 2000 to exempt resident-owned mobile home parks. Yes: 65.2%

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