June 2010 Election/Measure R

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Measure R: 2010 City Council Election Passed: 76.7% in favor, 23.3% opposed
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF DAVIS AMENDING THE CITY’S GENERAL PLAN TO AMEND AND EXTEND MEASURE J WHICH ENACTED A POLICY REQUIRING VOTER APPROVAL FOR CERTAIN CHANGES TO THE LAND USE DESIGNATIONS OR ENTITLEMENTS OF PROPERTIES SHOWN ON THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE MAP AND ENACTING THE CITIZENS’ RIGHT TO VOTE ON FUTURE USE OF OPEN SPACE AND AGRICULTURAL LANDS ORDINANCE TO EXTEND THE SUNSET DATE OF THE MEASURE TO DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES TO THE ORDINANCE WHICH PROVIDES FOR VOTER APPROVAL OF (1) ANY GENERAL PLAN LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT THAT CHANGES A LAND USE DESIGNATION FROM AN AGRICULTURAL OR URBAN RESERVE DESIGNATION TO AN URBAN DESIGNATION OR FROM AN AGRICULTURAL DESIGNATION TO AN URBAN RESERVE DESIGNATION AND (2) ANY PROPOSAL FOR DEVELOPMENT ON THE LAST TWO LARGE VACANT PROPERTIES DESIGNATED FOR URBAN USE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE COVELL CENTER AND NISHI PROPERTIES; THIS ORDINANCE TO BE ADOPTED BY THE VOTERS AND EFFECTIVE UPON ADOPTION BY THE VOTERS OF THE CITY. ([WWW]Read full text)
Politics: Growth Politics, Other 2010 issues: Measure Q.

Measure R on the June 2010 ballot calls for the renewal of Measure J. Measure J successfully passed in the year 2000; the resulting law gave voters the right to have final approval over any newly proposed urban or residential developments on agricultural land. If Measure R does not pass, the law is set to expire on December 31, 2010.

Measure R is being opposed by a citizens' group. Their website is at [WWW]http://www.helpsavedavis.org.

Opponents of Measure R, led by Joseph Paul Whitcombe, challenged the ballot question language in Measure R, asserting that the description of Measure J as the "Citizens Right To Vote On Future Use Of Open Space And Agricultural Lands" was false and misleading. They argued that because Measure J does not require a vote on what is commonly and in the Davis Municipal Code considered "open space," some voters would be mislead into voting to renew Measure J on the mistaken assumption that it would tend to protect their neighborhood parks, play fields, school sites, and other open space. A Yolo County Superior Court judge refused to remove the challenged language, finding that whether it would mislead voters was not relevant because the challenged language was the title of a portion of Municipal Code 40.41.0 that will be renewed if Measure R is approved.

Proponents of Measure R have their own website: [WWW]http://www.yesonmeasurer.org/

Supporters claim that Measure R will continue to keep Davis small, safe, and financially responsible. In line with the historic General Plan, they believe that slow growth represents the fundamental, longstanding values of the Davis community.

Visit the June 2010 Election entry for general information about the election or the Measure R entry for other measures with the same designation.


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