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City of Watsonville Urban Limit Amendment, Measure T (June 2013)

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A City of Watsonville Urban Limit Amendment, Measure T ballot question was on the June 4, 2013 ballot for voters in the City of Watsonville in Santa Cruz County, where it was approved.[1]
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Measure T sought to amend the urban limit line of the City of Watsonville to allow the inclusion of two parcels of agricultural land known as the Sakata-Kett parcel and the Greenfarm parcel, together totaling about 95 acres. This would allow for the commercial development of this land. This measure was merely the first step towards annexation.[2]

Election results

Measure T
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 2,785 77.36%
No81522.64%
These results are from the Santa Cruz County elections office.

Support

Supporters

  • Isaac Rodriguez
  • Julian Posadas
  • Daniel Dodge

Arguments

The supporters of Measure T argued that this is a chance to decrease the historically record high unemployment rate of Watsonville City through commercial development of this land. They also argued that developing the Sakata-Kett and Greenfarm parcels will not harm the agricultural industry of the area since the land is less than 1% of the 23,000 acres of farmland in Santa Cruz county.[2]

Opposition

Opponents

  • Betty Bobeda, former mayor of Watsonville
  • Celia Organista, Co-Chair Committee to Save Jobs and Farmland
  • Dobie Jenkins, Board Member of Watsonville Wetlands Watch
  • Brandon Kett, farmland owner
  • Cynthia Mathiesen, President of Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau

Arguments

The opponents of Measure T argued that the land in the parcels proposed for annexation was some of the most fertile farmland in the world and will be ruined by the intended commercial development that Measure T could allow. They also argued that the land already provides much needed jobs and revenue to Watsonville City and the effects of annexation and development are unknown.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Should the City of Watsonville amend its Urban Limit Line to allow for the possible annexation of approximately 95 acres of agricultural land to the City limits for future economic development and jobs?[2][3]

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References

  1. Santa Cruz County Election Department June 4, 2013 City of Watsonville Special Election
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Santa Cruz County voter's pamphlet
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.