Berkeley Pools bond proposition, Measure N (November 2012)

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A City of Berkeley Pools bond proposition, Measure N was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in the City of Berkeley in Alameda County where it was defeated.[1][2]

If voters had approve it, the city would have been authorized to borrow $19.4 million to make a variety of improvements to Berkeley's pools.

The specific improvements would have included:

  • A new Warm Water Pool
  • A new pool at Willard Middle School
  • Renovation or replacement of the lockers at the pool at King Middle School.

The bond would have been repaid over a period of 30 years. A home with an assessed value of $330,500 would pay about $25/year.[1]

The fate of the bond proposition is tied to the fate of a different measure on the same November 6, 2012, ballot: the Berkeley Pools parcel tax question. If one wins, and the other loses, they are both moot.

A two-thirds supermajority vote is required for approval. (In California, a 55 percent supermajority vote is required to approve school bond measures, but a two-thirds supermajority vote is required to approve city bonds.)

Election results

Measure N
Defeatedd No12,13437.88%
Yes 19,901 62.12%
These election results are not final. They are from the Alameda County elections office. Provisional, absentee and other ballots will be added to these results over the next 2-3 weeks. This page will be updated until the final results are known.


  • Rob Collier, Ed Gold and Maggie Knutson are the co-chairs of the "Berkeley Pools Campaign", which was the main campaign committee advocating for the measure.[3]
  • Amelie Melde Fontenay is a parent of a Willard School student. She said, "My only son got here just in time to see the pool filled in with dirt. I don’t think it’s fair that the other two (middle) schools have pools and Willard doesn’t."[4]
  • Caroline Hall, a fifth grader at Malcolm X, said, "I love Willard Pool. I believe next year when I go here, there should be a pool so we can have fun. What’s a rectangle with dirt in it good for?"[4]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE N: "Shall the City of Berkeley issue general obligation bonds not exceeding $19,400,000 to fund construction of replacement Warm and Willard pools, and renovation or replacement of associated facilities, as well as repair, renovation or replacement of locker rooms and associated facilities at the existing West Campus and King pools?"[5]

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