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Union City: Vote NO on Measure KK

 

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Measure KK is not okay.

Put on the ballot by Masonic Homes of California, this measure would break voter-approved open space protections to allow hundreds of housing units and strip mall development on 63 acres of land at the eastern edge of Union City.

Greenbelt Alliance urges Union City residents to say no to sprawl by voting no on Measure KK this November.

If approved, Measure KK would allow the City Council to strip away the land’s agricultural zoning and approve development proposals without a vote of Union City residents.

The city does not need this sprawl, which would pave over important open space, increase car traffic and congestion near local schools, and strain local water supplies, especially in drought years.

Removal of the existing voter-approved open space protections could also set a dangerous precedent and lead to more attempts to undermine previously-adopted preservation policies for other natural and agricultural lands.

In this case, Measure KK would overturn 1996’s Measure II, which was approved by 65% of Union City voters and which Greenbelt Alliance strongly supported. To date, Measure II has been very effective at preventing sprawl development on open space lands east of the city.

This election day, let’s protect Union City’s conservation legacy by rejecting Measure KK.

Updated on 10/23/14: The Oakland Tribune agrees that Union City residents should vote NO on Measure KK (link to editorial).

 

To get involved in the campaign to defeat Measure KK, visit saveunioncityhills.com

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11 Comments on “Union City: Vote NO on Measure KK

  1. My Thoughts on Measure KK

    Vote NO NO to the Mason’s and the politician’s who are just puppets. I have lived in Union City all my life and further back my parents have lived here longer. We don’t know of any senior in our community that Mason Home/ the masons have Help. The Masons plan to build a state‐of‐the‐art memory care facility treating such diseases as Alzheimer’s and dementia, and to expand and extend senior care to both the public and the Masons. Is there going to be a limit to the number of non Mason who can get service, what will the fee be for non Masons. bottom line, will our community benefit? Can our roads handle another say 600 or more cars a day in the area? and the building of 3 stories is not what our community wants. We already voiced our concerns in past and for the politicians not to uphold our wishes is wrong. We need to vote them out of office. I feel the yes campaign is mislead leading as we already have in place the best laws for the flat lands/hills NO building period. Don’t say a yes vote will save our hills as we already have saving our hills in place. We don’t need more shops, have them go to the vacant shops on UC Blvd where the city thought that was the best and greatest idea (wrong). Thank You Mayor Carol for your support! the others need to rethink who supports them besides the Mason’s. -James Orozco-

  2. It seems like a no brainer that the lack of trees are the main cause for lack of rain, yet we want to continue destroying nature. When are we going to learn?

  3. See, what you guys must understand is that first things first the city regulation for buildings is only two stories high, another thing is that there are hardly trees if none on the flatland and what we would be doing is building state of the art memory facilities then we would build parks and were only building 3-4 houses every 100 acres so there would be no increase in traffic and it would not be over-populated i just wanted you guys too know the truth before you submit your ballots.

  4. Thank you Green Belt Alliance.

    Measure KK is a bad deal for Union City and seeks to destroy one of the last open spaces remaining in our city.

    Tell the Lodge that they cannot buy this ellection and got NO ON MEASURE KK

  5. it surprises me that’s the one thing no one has mentioned is that there is a horse ranch with about a hundred boarders that sits right in back of where they are building the houses. If they are able to build how long is it going to be before residents start complaining about the manure smell & flies. Check out the wording it says they COULD build a memory center .So why did they build only a 16 bed memory center and 200 new apartments I’ll tell you why because a one bedroom apartment at the Masonic Home is a $140,000 fee and then between five and ten thousand per month. YA AFFORDABLE RIGHT?VOTE NO…NO…NO…

  6. Vote No on KK. I lead the campaign to pass Measure II in 1996 by about 65%. The Mason’s claim that needs to be reaffirmed by a yes vote on their devious measure. Get out and vote. That is the only way to stop their $570,000 campaign. They may have he money and lies, but we have the smart voters. The Masonic Homes is trying to buy the horse ranch.

    We know that, because many of the horse owners have come to our rallies and told us so.

  7. It makes me ill to think that our local politicians ran using the “Save the Hills” slogan for campaign purposes, now they turn around and say it’s time to compromise. Who is scratching whose back? What are they getting in return for selling their vote?

  8. Congratulations to the supporters of No on Measure KK.
    For the current and past leaders of Union City: It’s time you stop holding hands with the Mason’s and get off their bus. As the citizens of Union City, you should represent us with votes, not with money. If you’re unable to free yourself from the Manson’s ever changing plans – that are not set in stone, and your personal agendas, it’s time to step away from office. We need leaders who support their citizens, and citizens who support our leaders! Union City leaders who supported the Mason’s are Manny Fernandez, Pat Gacoscos, Mark Green, Jim Navarro, and Richard Valle

  9. Congratulations to the supporters of No on Measure KK.
    For the current and past leaders of Union City: It’s time you stop holding the hands with the Mason’s and get off their bus. As the citizens of Union City that you should represent, We have spoken with our votes and not with money. If you’re unable to free yourself from the Mason’s ever changing plans – that are not set in stone, and your personal agenda’s, it’s time to step away from office. We need leaders who support their citizens, and citizens who support our leaders! Union City leaders who supported the Mason’s are Manny Fernandez, Pat Gacoscos, Mark Green, Jim Navarro and Richard Valle

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