City of Berkeley Landmarks Preservation Commission, Measure LL (November 2008)

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A City of Berkeley Landmarks Preservation Commission, Measure LL ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot for voters in the City of Berkeley in Alameda County, where it was defeated.

Measure LL was a veto referendum. A "no" vote was a vote to overturn a city ordinance passed by the city council. The city ordinance that was successfully overturned via the majority "no" vote on Measure LL would have granted the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission new authority to prohibit, instead of suspend, demolition of historic resources. The overturned ordinance also would have:

  • Eliminated property owners' approval in establishing historic districts.
  • Revised procedures for designating historic resources (including limiting reconsideration of properties not designated)
  • Regulated alteration or demolition of historic resources.

Election results

Measure LL
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No28,53756.76%
Yes 21,743 43.24%
These final election results are from the Alameda County elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure LL: "Shall ordinance No. 6,958-N.S., Repealing and Reenacting Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter3.24 (Landmarks Preservation), passed by City Council, granting the Landmarks Preservation Commission new authority to prohibit, instead of suspend, demolition of historic resources; eliminating property owners' approval in establishing historic districts; and substantially revising procedures for designating historic resources (including limiting reconsideration of properties not designated) and regulating alteration or demolition of historic resources, subject to appeal to the Council, be adopted?"[1]

Support

A "yes" vote on Measure LL was supported by the Berkeley city council, the League of Women's Voters, and the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee.

Opposition

A "no" vote on Measure LL was supported by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, the Berkeley Green Party, the Green Party of Alameda County, Berkeley Citizens Action (BCA), Berkeley Daily Planet, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CNA) and others.

Path to the ballot

Measure LL was a citizen-initiated measure. About 6,000 Berkeley residents signed the petition to put Measure LL on the ballot.

See also

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