City of Santa Barbara Land Exchange between Mackenzie Park and the Fremont Army Center, Measure F (November 2013)

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A City of Santa Barbara Land Exchange between Mackenzie Park and the Fremont Army Center, Measure F ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot for voters in the city of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara County, which is in California. It was overwhelmingly approved.[1]

A 55% supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure F
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 13,533 85.6%
No2,27714.4%
These results are from the City of Santa Barbara elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure F:

Shall the Santa Barbara City Council be authorized to enact a City ordinance allowing the exchange of City park property along State Street at the John C. Fremont Army Reserve Center and MacKenzie Park for the Federal property adjacent to the Fremont Army Reserve Center and the State Street right-of-way?[1][2]

Support

Supporters

  • Mayor of Santa Barbara Helene Schneider
  • the City Council of Santa Barbara unanimously endorsed a "yes" vote on Measure F

Arguments in favor

According to the argument submitted by the mayor and city council of Santa Barbara:

Approving this measure will complete a land swap begun 50 years ago between the City and the Federal government involving MacKenzie Park and the adjacent Army Reserve Center. Approval of Measure F will not require spending any City funds.

In 1963, in order to widen State Street at Las Positas Road, the City agreed to exchange a small area of park land for Army land fronting on State Street. Though the land swap was completed many years ago, one final step remains --a vote of city residents. The entire Santa Barbara City Council supports approving this simple land exchange.

A YES vote will clarify the boundaries of these two important public properties.[3][2]

Opposition

No argument against Measure F was submitted.

Analysis

The city attorney Stephen P. Wiley prepared the following impartial analysis of Measure F:

In May 1963, the City entered into two 99 year leases with the United States Government + both related to the Fremont Army Reserve Center at State and Las Positas which was then under construction by the federal government.

One of the 99 year leases leased 14,564 square feet of land which was part of the City's MacKenzie Park to the U.S. Government for use by the U.S Army in connection with the Fremont Army Reserve Center. The other 99 year lease leased 12,511 square feet of federally owned land to the City for use as part of the City's State Street right of way adjacent to the front of the Fremont Army Reserve Center. Neither lease required the payment of any rent.

Both leases provided that the City would seek City voter approval for eventually transferring ownership of the City park property to the federal government in return for the federal government transferring ownership of its property to the City.

The two parcels of land involved have been used for the purposes stated in the 1963 leases since that time. In other words, the U.S. Army fenced the land it leased from the City in 1963 and has used it as part of the Fremont Army Reserve Center and the City has used the federally-owned land as part of the City's State Street right of way since 1963.

As required by the City Charter, the City now seeks City voter permission to transfer ownership of the City-owned parcel used by the U.S. Army to the federal government as part of a land exchange where the federal government would concurrently transfer ownership of the federally owned State Street right of way parcel to the City.[4][2]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Santa Barbara city sample ballot for November 5, 2013 election
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Smartvoter.org Measure F voter's pamphlet
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named votesmart