June 3, 2014 election results: California veteran bonds and open government measures approved, 51st state results mixed and San Franciscans vote for input on waterfront projects

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June 4, 2014

By Ryan Byrne and Josh Altic

California

California's two primary ballot measures sailed to victory on June 3, 2014. Proposition 41 and Proposition 42 were approved with over sixty percent voting "yes" on each of the measures.[1] Proposition 41 authorizes the issuance of $600 million in bonds to provide multifamily housing, such as apartment complexes, to low-income veterans and supportive housing for homeless veterans.[2] The proposition was approved by a slightly greater majority than 2008's Proposition 12, the previous voted upon bond measure for the Cal-Vet Home Loan Program (CVHLP). Proposition 41 is the 28th bond measure related to CVHLP and, like all previous related bonds measures, was approved.[3] Proposition 42, which received a slightly smaller percentage of votes than Proposition 41, requires all local agencies to comply with the California Public Records Act (CPRA) and the Ralph M. Brown Act (Brown Act) and pay for their implementation, thus guaranteeing a person's right to inspect public records and attend public meetings.[4] The legislatively-referred constitutional amendment was unanimously referred to the ballot by the California Legislature in 2013.

Over a hundred local measures were decided on Tuesday, with voters making their voices heard on everything from taxes and bonds to the future of development on the San Francisco Waterfront and medical marijuana in Lake County.

A unique initiative called Measure M, which would have required the county to maintain all county-owned roads, parks and buildings in the same or better condition, was narrowly defeated, with less than a three percent margin separating the "yes" votes and "no" votes. This initiative was spearheaded by Santa Barbara County Supervisor Peter Adam and was estimated to cost the county between $18 and $22 million per year. Measure M would have approved no new taxes or revenue sources for the county.[5][6]

In both Tehama and Del Norte counties voters saw a Measure A question asking if they approved of a resolution seeking to split away from California and form a new state. Voters in Del Norte County were not excited about the prospect and rejected the advisory question by a 59 percent majority. Voters in Tehama County, however, were more open to the idea. They approved the measure with a 56 percent approval rating.

Voters in San Francisco took more power for themselves over the future of the city's waterfront by approving Proposition B with a solid 59 percent majority. The contentious initiative requires a citywide referendum in order to authorize any new development on the waterfront that involves increasing the current, very restrictive building height codes. Despite pre-election efforts in court to squash this measure, development interests, including the San Francisco Giants, the Golden State Warriors and condo/apartment designers, will now have to bring their plans to the voters before breaking ground on new projects in one of the most valuable real estate locations on the west coast.

Voters in Lake County put trust in their supervisors and re-approved a medical marijuana cultivation ordinance that was targeted by a veto referendum effort. By voting "yes" on Measure N, nearly 53 percent of Lake County residents authorized the county to enforce Ordinance 2997 which:

  • banned outdoor cultivation in community growth boundaries;
  • limited indoor growth to 100 square feet or less;
  • kept outdoor cultivation 1,000 feet from schools, parks or other facilities serving children and 100 feet from bodies of water; and
  • offered quicker response to marijuana related violations and made the Lake County Sheriff's Office responsible for enforcement of the ordinance.

For information on all of the local measures decided in yesterday's vote, visit June 3, 2014 ballot measures in California.

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