This is an archive of a past election.|
See http://www.smartvoter.org/ca/alm/ for current information.
Zoning Ordinance Amendment for Downtown Berkeley
City of Berkeley
Ordinance - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 9345 / 25.91% Yes votes ...... 26726 / 74.09% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Dec 28 11:38am, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (107/107)|
|Information shown below: Official Information | Arguments ||
Shall an ordinance amending Zoning Ordinance provisions for downtown Berkeley be adopted to: establish new requirements for new buildings over 60 feet; eliminate current historic resource determination for Green Pathway projects; establish a Civic Center Historic District overlay; amend LEED requirements; change parking requirements; restrict some permitted uses; change prevailing-wage requirements for workers in specified categories; and reduce hours of operation for businesses selling or serving alcohol?
California Secretary of State's Office
East Bay Express
|Arguments For Measure R||Arguments Against Measure R|
|Vote Yes! Save the Post Office, Old City Hall and our historic Civic Center from commercial development, and ensure our downtown is built on Berkeley's values.
Under Measure R, new developments
The goals of a greener, denser and more vibrant Downtown are fully supported while respecting existing neighborhoods and historic resources. Our Civic Center is protected as a public commons--in perpetuity--allowing only public-serving uses such as museums, libraries, government, non-profits, arts, live performance venues and farmer's markets. No future Council can vote to allow exclusively private uses--ever.
In 2010, voters approved a "Green Vision" for Downtown Berkeley, outlining a plan for increased development coupled with significant community benefits. Measure R fulfills that promise, providing the legal language necessary to ensure our Downtown is developed to 21st Century environmental standards, invites residents of all economic backgrounds and life-stages, and is accessible and welcoming for all Berkeley residents.
Berkeley has led the national movement to save our Post Offices and keep public assets in the public realm. We champion social justice, universal accessibility and the environment. Our Post Office is threatened, and loopholes allow Downtown development with the bare minimum of environmental features or community benefits. Vote Yes for a Green, Equitable and Civic Downtown. Later will be "too late."
Maxwell G. Anderson, Jr., Berkeley City Council District 3
The Greenbelt Alliance, League of Conservation Voters East Bay, Downtown Berkeley Association, Senator Hancock, Assemblywoman Skinner, Mayor Bates, housing advocates and labor unions all oppose Measure R because it will not "fulfill" any promise--instead it would stop the progress we are making toward an environmentally sound, transit-oriented downtown.
It would eliminate much needed housing, jeopardize $28 million in contributions to affordable housing, and drive housing costs in our city even higher.
* Greenbelt Alliance says: "Measure R would stop new housing near BART and stop Berkeley's progress toward a green downtown."
Join with the broad spectrum of environmental, elected, community, labor and housing leaders who came together four years ago to plan a greener, better future. We gather again to reject this deceptive and misguided measure.
Don't stop our green downtown.
No on measure R
James Paxson, member of the Greenbelt Alliance Public Policy Committee
Measure R is deceptive ballot-box planning that would:
* End the Downtown revival that is giving us a greener, safer, more vibrant heart of the City.
* Reverse Berkeley's Climate Change efforts by stopping new housing near BART and increasing pollution and congestion--adding to one of the greatest threats we face today. The lost transit-oriented housing means millions of pounds of added greenhouse gases.
* Exacerbate the competition for housing that has already made Berkeley unaffordable for many individuals and families.
"Measure R would bring Berkeley's progress toward a green vibrant downtown to a screeching halt."--Greenbelt Alliance
The Downtown Post Office will be protected. The City Council is already acting to save it.
Learn more at NoOnMeasureR.org.
No on R--Save our green downtown!
Susie Medak, President, Downtown Berkeley Association
Voters approved a "Green Vision" for Downtown in 2010, providing incentives to developers coupled with environmental and community benefits. Loopholes allow lucrative developments to go forward with a bare minimum of benefits. Measure R closes these loopholes.
Opponents claim "nothing will be built" if developers must provide the very benefits originally promised. It's just not credible. Housing prices--and profits--are skyrocketing. The City's own study states that housing will continue to be built under Measure R.
Opponents are using scare tactics to mislead voters.
Here's the truth:
Vote Yes on R to ensure our Downtown is built for the benefit of the entire community, and our Civic Center remains public-serving--forever.
Patrick Sheahan, Planning Commissioner (former); LEED Accredited Architect