Ballot measure LV claims to curb overdevelopment, but it impacts our city far beyond a few buildings. It cuts at the root of the tenets of our spirituality-based traditions. CLUE's Santa Monica Committee presents these 10 specific objections to Measure LV.
1. WON'T RELIEVE TRAFFIC AND WON'T TAKE A SINGLE CAR OFF THE STREET
We’re part of a region. People come here for the beach, the pier, the Promenade, movies, shopping, and work. In fact, the measure may make traffic worse by preventing housing near jobs, which does take commuters and their cars off the streets. LV includes no traffic mitigation and removes the city’s ability to require any.
2. LOADS EVERY LOCAL ELECTIONS WITH COMPLICATED LAND-USE PROPOSALS
It requires all proposed buildings over an arbitrary and unreasonable limit of two stories (32 feet) to go before the voters. Voters will be swamped with details that confuse, not empower them.
3. INFUSES UNLIMITED OUTSIDE SPECIAL-INTEREST MONEY INTO LOCAL ELECTIONS
LV incentivizes developers to maximize their projects to make huge campaign expenditures worth their effort. Residents’ own voices will be drowned out by the limitless spending now allowed by law under Citizens United.
4. WILL INCREASE GENTRIFICATION
By discouraging new housing on upper floors along the city’s commercial streets, the initiative accelerates the displacement of long-term residents by replacing affordable, rent-controlled units with pricy condos.
5. DOES NOT EXEMPT PRIVATE SCHOOLS, PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDINGS, NON-PROFITS, HISTORIC BUILDINGS, OR RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS
Such projects, too, would be required to go before the voters, imposing costs non-profits cannot afford. Since LV doesn’t exempt schools, they must spend precious dollars on legal challenges.
6. DOES NOT CLEARLY EXEMPT RECONSTRUCTION FOLLOWING EARTHQUAKES, FIRES OR OTHER DISASTERS
Recovery from times of crisis should not be delayed by costly, cumbersome, and lengthy processes or long drawn-out court battles.
7. DOES NOT EXEMPT AFFORDABLE HOUSING OVER 50 UNITS
Developers of affordable housing for low-wage workers would need to finance a campaign, while senior housing without any income restrictions would be exempt, encouraging luxury condos.
8. UNDERMINES GOOD GOVERNMENT PRINCIPLES
When every sizeable project must be locked-in by binding ballot language, elected officials lose the ability to amend a project or fix unanticipated problems.
9. JEOPARDIZES THE ABILITY OF NEIGHBORHOODS TO DECIDE THEIR OWN FUTURES
Protective neighborhood and preservation plans would face the hurdle of a citywide vote, going before an electorate fatigued by ballots crammed with an exhausting array of complicated land-use questions.
10. SUBSTITUTES PUBLIC PLANNING WITH MONEY-DRIVEN BALLOT BATTLES
Our city is noted for its careful, extensive processes that rely on residents’ involvement in planning decisions. LV replaces effective, coordinated action with a slew of fragmented, individual political conflicts undermining our ability to realize our community vision.