Merced County Voter Confirmation of Zoning Changes, Measure C (November 2010)
Measure C was placed on the ballot via the initiative process and was originally known as the Save Farmland Initiative. It is regarded as a "slow growth" plan. It would require a public vote whenever 10 or more acres change from agricultural or open space to residential use.
The Merced County Board of Supervisors voted to put a competing measure, Measure D, on the same ballot. Measure D would exempt 2,437 acres in the county from Measure C's provisions.
Election results from the Merced County election website as of November 12, 2010.
- Citizens for Quality Growth, the main force behind Measure C.
- The Merced County Farm Bureau.
Measure C opponents include:
Commercial against Measure C
- The Merced County Family Farmer Coalition. This group has raised more than $100,000 for its campaign to defeat Measure C.
- Mike Gallo, the CEO of Joseph Farms, has contributed $50,000 to the Merced County Family Farmer Coalition.
- Official at UC-Merced.
- The Merced chapter of California Women for Agriculture originally supported the Save Farmland Initiative (Measure C) and contributed $1,000 to the effort to qualify the measure for the ballot. In August the organization withdrew its support of the measure.
Opponents argue that Measure C, if approved, will "stunt growth, infringe on private property rights and take important decision-making powers away from the county's elected supervisors, as well as threaten UC Merced's expansion plans."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure C: Shall the ordinance, which would amend the County’s General Plan to require a confirming vote of the County electorate when the Board of Supervisors approves conversion of agricultural land to residential use, be adopted?|
- Text of Measure C (scroll to p. 7)
- Save Farmland, supporters of Measure C
- Merced County Family Farmer Coalition, opponents of Measure C
- Merced Sun Star, "Farming groups split on backing sprawl initiative on November ballot", August 27, 2010
- Sacramento Bee, "Measure C vote drives wedge in community", October 30, 2010
- Merced Sun Star, "Measure C shouldn't thwart UC Merced community", October 27, 2010