City of Santa Monica Commercial Development Limits, Measure T (November 2008)

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A City of Santa Monica Commercial Development Limits, Measure T ballot question was on the November 2008 ballot for voters in the City of Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California, where it was defeated.

Had Measure T passed, it would have limited commercial development to 75,000 square feet a year for 15 years. Larger projects would have been submitted to the city's voters, or by limited borrowing against future years. Schools, hospitals, religious buildings and other "community-serving" developments are exempt under the terms of the initiative.

Election results

Measure T
Defeatedd No23,06155.57%
Yes 18,439 44.43%
These final, certified, election results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.


The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City was the sponsor of the proposition. The proposition was endorsed by all five of Santa Monica's major neighborhood associations, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, Councilmember Kevin McKeown, Councilmember Bobby Shriver and Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl.


Measure T was opposed by five of the then-current city councilmembers, CEPS, the police officers and firefighters unions as well as the city employees unions.

Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR) and the Santa Monica-Malibu Parent-Teacher Association voted to take no position on the initiative.

Major national developers funded a record-breaking campaign to defeat Proposition T.

Other opposition included the Chamber of Commerce, and the Edward Thomas Company, a local hotelier.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

Path to the ballot

Supporters turned in over 10,000 signatures to the Santa Monica City Clerk in April 2008 to qualify the measure for the ballot.

See also


  1. LA Weekly, Proposition T: The Most Divisive, October 29, 2008
  2. Eyewitness News, Measure T limits commercial development, October 26, 2008
  3. Los Angeles Times, Foes of Santa Monica development cap measure donate $730,000, October 24, 2008
  4. Santa Monica Dispatch, Residents Stage Anti-Developer Protest, October 23 ,2008
  5. The Look-Out News, Major Developers Bankroll Prop T Opposition, October 9, 2008
  6. The Look-Out News, Shriver Supports Prop T, October 10, 2008
  7. The Look-Out News, Anti-development initiative headed for ballot, May 20, 2008