Novato residents have an opportunity to improve flood control and increase marsh restoration by voting YES on Measure E in the November 7 election.
The Town of Windsor in Sonoma County held a special election on November 7 to renew its urban growth boundary (UGB) for another 22 years through Measure H. In a resounding win with over 70% approval, the local community turned out in support of protecting open space and planning for smart growth.
Greenbelt Alliance’s Leadership Circle gathered for a post-election conversation with John King of the San Francisco Chronicle to discuss the 27 local ballot measures Greenbelt Alliance took positions on in the 2016 Bay Area elections.
Greenbelt Alliance led the charge to not only renew voter protections for Sonoma County’s community separators but also triple the amount of land protected. Watch the video.
California’s 2016 legislative session ended on September 30th with many successes for Greenbelt Alliance’s endorsements, but also with some disappointments. Here’s an overview: Signed Into Law AB 2031 (Bonta) allows cities to issue bonds for construction of new affordable homes based on the revenue stream of “boomerang funds,” which are funds received by cities and counties after the dissolution of redevelopment. This allows cities to build more homes faster to address the… Read More
UPDATE: We are happy to report that Measure M did not pass in the November 2016 election. Measure M is a poorly conceived initiative that would make the city less affordable and sustainable while wasting limited taxpayer funds. This measure would require a public vote for the sale, lease, lease extension, lease renewal, land swap, or transfer of properties, facilities, or land that the city owns, leases, or uses. Sounds confusing? It… Read More
UPDATE: We’re excited that Measure K passed in the November 2016 election! This measure protects parks and open space by requiring a two-thirds public vote to re-zone these lands for industrial, commercial, or residential development. The Milpitas City Council placed Measure K on the November 2016 ballot to complement Measure I and Measure J—two other smart ballot measures that, if passed by Milpitas voters, will protect important natural and agricultural lands. While… Read More
UPDATE: We’re excited that Measure F1 passed in the November 2016 election! This measure authorizes a $250 million bond for repair and maintenance of local parks within the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD). For over 70 years, the residents of Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, and surrounding communities have enjoyed safe, clean, well-maintained parks and recreation facilities provided by HARD. Today nearly 300,000 residents live in its… Read More
UPDATE: We’re excited that Measure B passed in the November 2016 election! Measure B establishes a new ½ cent sales tax to improve transit, make streets safer for walking and biking, and fund other transportation investments across Santa Clara County. If approved in the November 2016 election, Measure B is expected to raise up to $6.5 billion over 30 years. The measure was drafted and placed on the ballot by the Santa… Read More
UPDATE: We’re excited that Measure N1 passed in the November 2016 election! This measure removes outdated parking requirements to make the city more affordable, reduce air pollution, and support walking, biking, and transit. High parking requirements for new development are bad for our environment, our economy, and our quality of life. By dedicating space for cars rather than people, they increase the cost of new homes, exacerbating the Bay Area’s housing affordability… Read More