Parks, schools, land-use issues on ballot this fall

Park land, school facilities and land use dominate the 15 qualified measures on this November’s ballot, as East Palo Alto takes a stab at instituting a parcel tax for law enforcement support.

Overall, the San Mateo County 1/8th-cent sales tax for improved parks and recreation services headlines a ballot that has roughly $450 million in school bond measures and two measures that deal with land use on former quarry sites.

A notable absence from the November ballot is a pursued referendum on the Bay Meadows redevelopment, which would have put to vote the approved redevelopment of the 83.5-acre racetrack. In July, however, a San Mateo County judge upheld the County Elections Office’s disqualification of signatures from the petition, leaving it short of the required number to place it on the ballot.

The San Mateo Union High School District approved the placement of a $298 million bond measure to continue renovating and improving buildings around the district as part of its facilities master plan.

Similar facility upgrades are needed, according to the Jefferson Union High School District, and in June, the district voted to go out for a $137 million bond.

Both dwarf the $15 million bond the La Honda-Pescadero School District is seeking Nov. 7 as it is looking to repair or even replace facilities with such problems as bad plumbing, rot and asbestos.

Two cities have land-use measures on the ballot and both involve former quarry sites. A 2001 ordinance requiring voters to have the final say on any redevelopment of the quarry has prompted Brisbane to put to ballot a residential development at the Guadalupe Valley Quarry consisting of 273 housing units.

A 1983 Pacifica ordinance requires any development proposal changing the zoning at the Rockaway Quarry to allow residential building to go to ballot. But before any specific plan has been submitted, R. Don Peebles, the property owner and developer, held a signature-gathering campaign to get voter approval before the process begins.

Ballot Measure Hot Sheet

San Mateo County

SALES TAX MEASURE: A 1/8th-cent sales tax on purchases in the county for overall improvements and support of parks and recreation services by the cities, county and special districts.

To pass: Two-thirds approval

Jefferson Union H.S. District

SCHOOL BOND MEASURE: $136.9 million for upgrades in school facilities, focusing on science and computer labs. To be enacted: 55 percent

La Honda-Pescadero

Unified School District

SCHOOL BOND MEASURE: $15 million to build new school buildings or replace and repair poor facilities. Passage would also qualify the district for state matching funds for the overhaul.

To be enacted: 55 percent

San Mateo Union H.S. District

SCHOOL BOND MEASURE: $298 million to continue rehabilitation of the district’s buildings and facilities, including upgrading fire safety and sewer systems. To be enacted: 55 percent

Menlo Park Fire Protection District

FISCAL MEASURE: Would continue for another four years the $25 million appropriations limit established by Measure G in 2002.

To pass: 50 percent plus one

Brisbane

LAND-USE MEASURE: Whether the City Council should approve a residential development including 102 single-family, 16 live-work, 32, artist lofts and 23 “granny” housing units to be built in the Guadalupe Valley Quarry.

To pass: 50 percent plus one

Burlingame

BOND MEASURE: $37 million to improve flood control infrastructure in the city and issue $7 million for seismic stability and fire protection, among others. To pass: Two-thirds approval

Daly City

MEASURE: Would allow the city to continue collecting the 5 percent utility-users tax, which pays for services such as police, fire, parks and libraries.

To pass: 50 percent plus one

East Palo Alto

TAX MEASURE: Would allocate 50 percent of a citywide parcel tax to support youth and community crime prevention and 50 percent to support neighborhood law enforcement programs.

To pass: Two-thirds approval

TAX MEASURE: Would impose a 10-year parcel tax of $75 for single-family, $40 for occupied rental units and a similar rate for commercial and industrial properties. To pass:Two-thirds approval

ORDINANCE: Would amend the “good cause for eviction” provisions in the city’s municipal code to allow any landlord to evict a tenant of a rental unit for any reason permitted by the rental agreement.

To pass: 50 percent plus one

Menlo Park

ADVISORY MEASURE: Would give the city the option of building sports fields on up to 17 acres of the 160-acre Bayfront Park.

To pass: 50 percent plus one

TAX MEASURE: Would bring a 3.5 percent utility users tax for general services and a 2.5 percent tax on communications for a budget imbalance. The communications tax would be reviewed every two years and ended if deemed unnecessary to the city’s financial health. To pass: 50 percent plus one

Pacifica

LAND-USE MEASURE: Would authorize the City Council to approve a mixed-use residential and commercial development in the Rockaway Quarry.

To pass: 50 percent plus one

Portola Valley

ORDINANCE: Would lower the 5.5 percent utility users tax to 4.5 percent for three years and five months beginning Feb. 1, 2007.

To pass: 50 percent plus one

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