City of Lodi Redevelopment Zone, Measure W (March 2009)
The election on Measure W was a veto referendum on the redevelopment ordinance passed by Lodi's city council in July 2008; it will appear on the ballot because about 4,300 signatures from opponents of the city's redevelopment plan collected and submitted to force the matter to a public vote.
Measure W asked Lodi voters whether they approve of the city's redevelopment district plan, which encompasses more than 2,000 acres of town. Most of the acres are on Lodi's East Side. The city's plan allowed Lodi's government to keep a greater share of its property tax dollars to finance rehabilitation projects in deteriorating neighborhoods and business districts.
- A "yes" vote was in favor of the city's redevelopment plan.
- A "no" vote rejected the city's redevelopment plan.
"Smart Lodi" is the name of the group that opposed the city's redevelopment ideas. Jane Lea was one of the leaders of the petition drive to get Measure W on the ballot. She and other opponents of the city government's redevelopment ideas believed that under the city plan adopted in July '08, the city will "take on massive debt and break its promise to prohibit the seizure of private property."
Mayor Larry Hansen and his Measure W opponent Lea had discussed holding a public debate on Measure W prior to the election but talks stalled on the issue of who would moderate the debate.
- Sample Ballot for the Measure W election
- Reasons to Vote No on W, from Smart Lodi
- Measure W: inaccuracies behind the talk, Newspaper column analyzing Measure W arguments, pro and con.