City of Saratoga Building Heights Limit, Measure Q (November 2010)

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A City of Saratoga Building Heights Limit, Measure Q ballot proposition is on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Santa Clara County.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure Q: Shall the City of Saratoga adopt an ordinance setting a two-story limit for buildings on land in Commercial and Professional and Administrative Office zoning districts in the City and requiring voter approval of any future change to the two-story limit on those lands?[1]


Supporters of Measure Q say:

"In April, 2010, the City approved Ordinance #277, removing the 2-story height restriction on commercial buildings that had been in place for the 50+ year history of Saratoga!
Very Few Saratogans knew this was happening.
YES Measure Q will restore Saratoga’s history 2 story commercial height limit.

Should out of the area groups and money dictate Saratoga’s future?

The question on the ballot:

Vote YES on Q

Who is paying for the opposition campaign?

Through Sept. 30, “No on Q” had raised and spent over $18,000.** More than 95% of that money came from two donations: $12,259 came from the CA State Realtors Association (CAR) Political Action Committee (PAC), in Los Angeles. Another $5,000 is from a San Jose family trust that owns the Buy and Save property in the Village. The majority of the other 4 contributions are from developers/commercial property owners.

    • Figures from the “No on Q” required FPPC form 460, available as a public record at City Hall.

How have they spent that money?

$1,150. was paid to a Colorado phone bank company, whose employees called Saratoga voters, reading from a script and pretending to be neighbors urging a “no”vote on Q. $8,800. went to a Solano Beach political consultant. $1,300. to an accounting firm in Encinitas. $6,000. to a printer in Chatsworth. Their Treasurer is in Encinitas. Their spokesperson is in Sunnyvale.

Why do out of the area organizations with no commitment to this community care so much about Saratoga’s land use decisions? The answer is simply development profits.

How about “Yes on Q?” (A Message from your Real Neighbors)

The “Yes on Q” campaign has spent less than $8,000. through Oct. 8, and every cent has come from Saratoga residents. Ours is a largely volunteer effort.[1]

Should California State Association Realtors (CAR) Political Action Committee (PAC) dictate Saratoga a small town's future?

The question on the ballot:

Vote YES on Q[1]

External links

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