Land-use ballot measures for November 2000.
Alameda County Voters approved the Sierra Club's urban growth boundary initiative drawing draw a tight urban limit line around Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Sunol and Castro Valley. Voters rejected the competing Tri-Valley Vision 2010 measure, a less-restrictive UGB placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors.
Measure D (Sierra Club initiative): Yes, 56.5% Measure C (Vision 2010 plan): No, 56.9% County voters approved a 20-year extension of a half-cent sales tax for transportation, which was scheduled to expire in 2002. The money will fund a BART extension and other transit projects. Measure B; Yes: 81% (2/3 required) City of Dublin Voters approved a City Council-sponsored measure to establish an urban limit line on the city's western boundary and require an election for growth outside the boundary during the next 30 years.
Measure M: Yes, 59.1% Contra Costa County An countywide library tax narrowly failed.
Measure L: No, 34.0% (2/3 required) City of Clayton Voters rejected a CAPP (Citizen Alliance for Public Planning) initiative that would have required voter approval if development involved 10 houses, 2 acres of open space or 1,000 square feet of commercial construction. Measure O: No, 55.2% Clayton voters also decided on two measures placed on ballot by City Council. In an advisory vote, they approved of building a park on a 1-acre downtown site that the city bought in May. But they rejected a 2.4% utility tax to fund park construction and maintenance. Measure Q (park): Yes, 55.7% Measure P (tax): No, 72.8% City of Danville Voters approved both a CAPP initiative, which requires an election for any development of at least 10 units, and the City Council alternative, which requires voter approval for general plan amendments involving agricultural land, open space, parks, and public or semi-public recreational land. The City Council's alternative takes effect because it received more votes. Measure R (CAPP): Yes, 52.9% Measure S (City Council measure): Yes, 74.3% Fresno County A quarter-cent sales tax to fund arts, cultural, zoological and other programs failed. Measure A: No, 46% (2/3 required) Lassen County Voters approved a county general plan amendment and rezoning of 6,800 acres for a large, four-season resort at Dyer Mountain, near Westwood. Measure V: Yes, 62.4% Los Angeles County City of Burbank Voters overwhelmingly backed a measure that will let them decide on airport expansion or relocation. The City Council placed the measure on the ballot after rejecting a voters' initiative to block airport expansion. Measure B: Yes, 80.3% City of Malibu Voters chose from two "subsequent vote" initiatives and favored the less-restrictive one. The "Right to Vote on Development Initiative" would have required voter approval of commercial, industrial or mixed-use developments of at least 25,000 square feet, projects that involve road expansion or construction, projects that require a variance or use permit, and projects denser than existing zoning. But voters chose an alternative measure requiring voter approval of development agreements for commercial and mixed-use projects of at least 30 acres. Because of "poison pill" language, the measure with the most votes shall become effective. Measure N (vote on large development agreements): Yes, 52.7% Measure P (vote on everything): No, 50.1% City of Los Angeles Voters approved a $532 million bond for fire stations and animal shelters. Measure F: Yes, 75.4% (2/3 required) City of Palmdale In a referendum, voters upheld the City Council's approval of a general plan amendment redesignating 13 acres of residential property to commercial to allow development of a Wal-Mart and other retail space, and changing 83 acres from "Business Park" to "Industrial." Measure T: Yes, 65.2% Monterey County Voters approved an initiative backed by the Pebble Beach Co. to amend the Del Monte Land Use Plan. Measure A eliminated 890 potential houses in exchange for a golf course, about 210 hotel/resort rooms, a few units of worker housing and about 40 houses. Measure A: Yes, 63.4% City of Monterey Voters liked the idea of requiring voter approval for the sale of city-owned land zoned for open space in the Cannery Row, Harbor and Del Monte Beach Local Coastal Plan areas. Measure G: Yes, 84% City of Marina An urban growth boundary around this tiny city won approval. Measure E: Yes, 52.4% Orange County City of Brea Voters narrowly rejected the Hillside Heritage Initiative, which would have required an election for any project that would have impacts beyond certain thresholds for traffic, air and water quality, wildlife and other things. Measure N: No, 51.4% City of Newport Beach Voters approved the Traffic and Density Initiative ("Greenlight" Initiative) requiring a vote on most projects that require a general plan amendment. Voters rejected a competing, less-restrictive initiative that would have tied development levels to certain traffic goals. Measure S (Greenlight Initiative): Yes, 63.4% Measure T (builders' alternative): No, 64.9% City of San Clemente An initiative to impose a housing moratorium until the city completed an extension of a new north-south thoroughfare failed. Measure U: No, 52.8% Placer County A quarter-cent sales tax, placed on ballot by Board of Supervisors, to purchase 75,000 acres of land and conservation easements under the Placer Legacy program failed miserably. Measure W: No, 72.6% Sacramento County The county's urban services limit withstood an initiative challenge when voters defeated Measure O, an initiative placed on the ballot by developer CC Myers. He proposed the 3,000-home Deer Creek Hills subdivision outside the limit, in the county's eastern foothills. Measure O: No, 69.1% Voters in unincorporated Sacramento County and in the cities of Elk Grove and Citrus Heights narrowly failed to give two-thirds approval to an annual $22 parcel tax for 4 years to fund libraries. Measure P: No, 34.0% (2/3 required) City of Galt Residents voted to join the countywide library system but failed to approve to a parcel tax to fund the system. Measure S (annex): Yes, 75.6% Measure T (tax): No, 41.2% (2/3 required) City of Isleton This small town voted to join the countywide library system and even approved a library parcel tax. Measure U (annex): Yes, 83.7% Measure V (tax): Yes, 68.1% (2/3 required) San Bernardino County City of Yucaipa In a referendum, voters overturned the City Council's approval of Robinson Ranch North, a power center that would have featured a Wal-Mart. Measure O: No, 55.3% San Diego County City of Escondido. Eight separate general plan amendments and/or zoning changes for residential and commercial projects were defeated at the polls. Voter approval was required under 1998's Proposition S. Proposition J (rezoning a 20-acre parcel to permit 100 homes instead of 66): No, 71.1% Proposition K (rezoning a 6-acre residential parcel to light industrial): No, 62.7% Proposition L (rezoning a 5.3-acre residential parcel to commercial): No, 52.3% Proposition M (rezoning a 50-acre residential parcel to permit 52 houses instead of 20): No, 67.2% Proposition N (rezoning a 6.5-acre residential parcel to permit 90 condos instead of 45): No, 71.3% Proposition O (rezoning a 4.8-acre residential parcel to light industrial): No, 64.3% Proposition P (rezoning a 3.6-acre residential parcel to light industrial): No, 61.7% Proposition R (rezoning a 7.4-acre residential parcel to permit 42 houses instead of 15): No, 72.3% Escondido voters approved a measure allowing conversion of existing mobile home parks to resident ownership. The vote was required under 1998 Proposition S because changing a general plan policy was involved. Proposition H, Yes: 68.1% City of San Diego Voters amended the city's zoning ordinance to allow a 150-foot-high pedestrian bridge and other tall buildings as part of the "Gateway of the Americas" commercial and federal development in San Ysidro. In 1972, voters approved a 30-foot height limit for the Coastal Zone, which extends inland to this area. Proposition C: Yes, 66.9% City of San Marcos A city charter amendment requiring the city to comply with state law as it applies to general law cities regarding land use, zoning and planning won easy approval. Proposition S: Yes, 65.4% City of Solana Beach Voters approved the Solana Beach Community Protection Act, which requires voter approval to change general plan designations except to reduce residential density. The measure eliminates "threshold" requirements in 1998's Proposition CC, which also called for voter approval of development. Proposition T: Yes, 61.9% City and County of San Francisco Voters rejected two measures addressing office development. An initiative dubbed the "Daughter of Proposition M" (1986) would have limited and, in some districts, prohibited office space development; Mayor Willie Brown's alternative would have imposed fewer restrictions but would have doubled development fees. Measure L (initiative): No, 50.3% Measure K (mayor's alternative), 61.4% San Francisco voters decided on two initiatives presented as affordable housing measures. Voters rejected a ban on new tenancies in common (TICs), in which apartment dwellers get together to purchase a building and live in their own units, but voters approved a measure making it more difficult for landlords to pass through capital improvement costs to renters. Measure N (TICs): No, 53% Measure H (costs): Yes, 58.6% San Franciscans also approved a measure sponsored by the Board of Supervisors urging the Navy to clean up Hunters Point shipyard to residential standards so it can be developed. Measure P: Yes, 86.6% Voters in The City also approved an advisory measure placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors regarding Pier 45 development. Counter to a tourist park planned for the site, the measure calls for development of a nonprofit, educational, public facility related to maritime activities. Proposition R: Yes, 73.1% Finally, voters approved a $106 million branch library rehabilitation and construction bond. Measure A: Yes, 75% San Joaquin County City of Lathrop. Voters backed a modified development agreement between Califia (nee Gold Rush City) and the city to allow construction of 8,500 homes before theme parks and other commercial areas that the developer had promised to build first. Measure D: Yes, 56.2% City of Tracy An initiative from the Tracy Region Alliance for a Quality Community that cuts the annual number of housing permits in half won favor after narrowly losing eight months earlier. Measure A: Yes, 56.1% San Luis Obispo County Voters rejected the Save Open space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) initiative, which would have required voter approval for rezoning of land designated as Agriculture, Open Space, Rural or Rural Residential. Measure M: No, 59% City of Paso Robles. A city version of SOAR, creating an urban growth boundary, failed. Measure O, No: 61.2% City of Morro Bay. Voters cast ballots on two measures concerning Duke Power's proposal to reconstruct an existing power plant. They approved an advisory measure backing the City Council's support for the project, and rejected a measure requiring future voter approval for demolition or reconstruction of the plant. Measure P (advisory support for power plant): Yes, 63.6% Measure Q (requiring future voter approval of plant): No, 54.1% Santa Clara County Despite opposition by the Board of Supervisors, county voters approved a half-cent sales tax for 30 years to fund mass transit. The tax will provide about $6 billion to bring BART to San Jose and Santa Clara, expand light rail, bring rail to the airport, and electrify Caltrain. Measure A: Yes, 70% (2/3 required) City of San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales' proposal to strengthen the urban growth boundary, known as the "greenline," by requiring voters to approve any changes to it proved overwhelmingly popular. Measure K: Yes, 81.3% San Jose voters also approved a $228 million park bond and a $212 million library bond. Measure P (parks): Yes, 78% Measure O (libraries): Yes, 75% City of Saratoga Voters extended a moratorium until March 15, 2002, on residential development of lands zoned "Retail Commercial," "Professional Administrative," "Gateway Landscaping," or "Planned Development." Measure G: Yes, 73.6% Santa Clara Valley Water District. Voters narrowly approved a parcel tax averaging $39 per year for 15 years for flood control, habitat restoration and preservation, new streamside trails and parks, and contamination cleanup. Measure B: Yes, 66.8% (2/3 required) Sonoma County Voters rejected the Greenbelt Alliance's Rural Heritage Initiative, which would have locked in existing zoning and general plan designations for most unincorporated areas for 30 years unless voters approved changes. Measure I: No, 57.4% City of Healdsburg. Voters approved an initiative to limit new homes to 30 per year, with an exception for affordable units. They rejected a competing City Council-backed measure that would have limited new homes to 25 per year but allowed more exceptions for affordable housing, small subdivisions, and granny flats. Measure M (initiative): Yes, 55.4% Measure L (City Council alternative): No: 58.1% City of Rohnert Park. Voters affirmed an urban limit line drawn by the City Council during the general plan adoption process. Measure N: Yes, 70.8% Rohnert Park voters also authorized the city to participate in low-income housing development, with certain restrictions. The election was required under Article 34 of the state constitution. Measure O: Yes, 53.6% City of Sebastopol Voters rejected a one-eighth cent sales tax increase for general needs. Measure Q: No, 50.1% (2/3 required) City of Sonoma. An urban growth boundary at the city's current sphere of influence won approval. Measure S: Yes, 63.5% Sonoma voters also authorized the city to develop or acquire 100 units of "low-rent" housing. Another Article 34 election. Measure R, Yes: 59.9% Ventura County City of Fillmore. Voters rejected both a SOAR initiative establishing an urban growth boundary, and the City Council's alternative UGB that would have allowed development on about 1,500 acres more than the SOAR initiative would have permitted. Measure J (SOAR measure): No, 56.8% Measure K (council alternative): No, 62.0% City of Santa Paula. Voters approved SOAR in the only city where it had previously lost. Measure I: Yes, 54.6% City of Ventura. Voters decided to rezone cropland for a 100-acre sports complex and community park in an election required by the original SOAR initiative. Measure M, Yes: 53.8% Yolo County City of Davis. A parcel tax to fund an open-space acquisition program received the necessary two-thirds support. Measure O: Yes, 70.4%