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November 2016: Bay Area Election Recap

Despite the uncertainty brought on by the recent national election, the Bay Area has a clear voice on housing. They want more, they want it affordable, and they want it transit friendly. Below are the outcomes of the key land use and transportation ballot initiatives.

  • San Francisco:
    • Measure C: allows the remaining $260 million of the SSLP bond to go towards increasing the amount of affordable housing
    • Measure M: overturned a proposal to create a new Housing and Development Commission
    • Measure RR: authorizes a $3.5 billion bond to upgrade BART’s system. Also voted in by Alameda and Contra Costa counties
    • Proposition E: puts the city in charge of allocating $19 million annually to maintaining trees along public streets and sidewalks
    • Proposition Q: prohibits tents on public sidewalks and requires city to offer temporary shelter for people inhabiting the tents
    • Proposition X: requires developers to provide relocation space for neighborhood arts, small businesses, and community services that have been disrupted by the development of the Mission and SOMA
  • North Bay:
    • Measure K: Sonoma County: requires voter approval to build on green space
    • Measure Q: Cotati: extends Urban Growth Boundary for an additional 30 years
  • East Bay:
    • Measure A1: Alameda County: $580 million in bonds for affordable housing
    • Measure F1: Hayward: $250 million in bonds to maintain local parks
    • Measure KK: Oakland: $600 million in bonds for infrastructure maintenance, including $100 million for anti-displacement and affordable housing preservation projects
    • Measure U1: Berkeley: $4 million per year for affordable housing and homelessness prevention, generated by business license tax
    • Measure X: Contra Costa County: increases sales tax by 0.5% to fund transportation investments
    • Rent Control: Alameda (Measure M1) voted against, Richmond (Measure L) voted for, Oakland (Measure JJ) voted to increase
  • South Bay:
    • Measure A: Santa Clara County: $950 million in bonds for affordable housing
    • Measure K: San Mateo County: maintain increase of 0.5% to sales tax to support county services central to quality of life
    • Rent Control: Burlingame (Measure R) voted against, San Mateo (Measure Q) voted against, Mountain View (Measure V) voted for
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