Latest News: Climate Expert Describes Measure R’s Many Flaws

Shackle the city with rigid ballot-box planning

Small details and illegal provisions – such as requiring public restrooms in large residential buildings – could not be fixed without another election.

Measure R would trap Berkeley in a regulatory straitjacket. The initiative’s 28 pages of extensive new zoning provisions – unlike normal zoning codes subject to modification when needed through public hearings and city government channels – could not be changed, except by going back to the voters. Small details and – like the public restrooms in private buildings or reduction of the City’s flexibility in building affordable housing – could not be adjusted or changed without another expensive election.

We’d be stuck with a flawed zoning code with key provisions that are illegal and unenforceable, exposing the City to having its revenues and resources drained by endless litigation and legal battles.

It would be a grave mistake to cast a flawed, complex new zoning code – drafted by three self-appointed individuals without public review or input – into legal stone that could not be altered through the normal zoning amendment process.

Going to the voters each time a minor adjustment becomes necessary would be extremely expensive and irresponsibly slow. Such a proposal has more in common with the Mad Hatter’s tea party than sound public policy.