Assembly passes bill to limit land-use ballot initiatives

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Chiu, Ting both vote for measure that raises the threshold for citizen initiatives on development to 55 percent.

A bill that would make it harder for local residents to pass ballot measures limiting development has passed the state Assembly with almost no opposition – and so far, with almost no discussion in San Francisco, where citizen initiatives have been a powerful tool against an industry that often controls City Hall.

AB 943, by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, was directly aimed at the growth-limiting Measure S in Los Angeles. But it could have sweeping impacts on cities and counties all over the state.

The measure would raise the threshold to 55 percent for any community-based ballot measure that would “reduce density or stop development or construction of any parcels located less than one mile from a transit stop.”

That’s all of San Francisco… (more)

The League of California Cities opposed the bill. Mayor Lee’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.

But Mark Leno, former state senator and the only announced candidate in the 2019 mayor’s race, told me he had some serious problems with the bill:

“In general, I am opposed to any supermajority mandate because it shifts the power from the majority to the minority. The other concern I have it that it’s one-size-fits-all planning that limits local control, especially on the issue of density. We are the most dense area in the state and the second most dense in the nation; why would you write a bill that applies to San Francisco and the Mojave Desert at the same time?”… (more)

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