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Millbrae, California

Article 34 in Action: Bay Area Suburb Uses 1950 Initiative to Block Homeless Housing

Next year, California voters will determine whether to repeal a 1950 initiative that requires local voter buy-in for government-supported low income housing, but that hasn't deterred Millbrae from using it to sue San Mateo County.

December 13, 2023 - The Mercury News

View looking down on construction of multiple buildings in San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center District

Housing Initiative Inches Closer to San Francisco Voters

Housing advocates hope a charter amendment that would streamline the development approval process will make it to the November ballot.

April 7, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

Multi-Family Building

California Voters Could Repeal Amendment Long Hampering Public Housing

A state constitutional amendment from the 1950s has been used to hold back public housing, but voters could have a chance to strike it down later this year.

January 9, 2020 - The Mercury News

Long-Haul Bus

As Colorado Grows, Buses Become More Important for Regional Transportation

Bustang regional bus service is growing fast as people look to navigate a growing state.

September 4, 2019 - The Denver Post

Expo Line

L.A.'s Complicated Dance Between TOD and Displacement

As the Los Angeles metro area expands its transit options, transit-oriented development is following suit. In some neighborhoods, lower-income residents are being displaced.

March 31, 2017 - UCLA Magazine

Why Don't Environmentalists Support Washington's Carbon Tax Measure?

A largely revenue-neutral carbon tax proposal, similar to the carbon tax in British Columbia which began in 2008, qualified for the November ballot in Washington. Environmentalists and Democrats, not Big Oil, may cause it's defeat.

September 19, 2016 - Crosscut

Will SF Voters Get Final Say Over Waterfront Development?

A ballot measure being proposed by the Sierra Club’s San Francisco chapter would take certain waterfront development decisions out of the hands of the city's Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, and give it to the voters.

January 6, 2014 - Sf Examiner

California's Infrastructure Advocate Champions Fourth Funding Option

Will Kempton, former Caltrans chief under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who subsequently headed the Orange County Transportation Authority, now heads Transportation California which has proposed an initiative to tax vehicles to fund infrastructure.

December 20, 2013 - Governing

California Ballot Measure Will Propose New Fee to Fund Roads

Would you be willing to increase the annual license fee you pay on your vehicle if the funds were to go to road repair and expansion? That's the question Californians will be asked to decide if the Road Repairs Act qualifies for the Nov. 2014 ballot.

November 22, 2013 - Capitol Alert (Sacramento Bee blog)

How to Resuscitate a Foundering Transit System

Stephen Lee Davis investigates a campaign by Baton Rouge community groups to revive its bus service as it teetered on the brink of collapse.

May 20, 2012 - Transportation for America

California's $10 Billion High Speed Gamble

Sacramento Bee columnist Daniel Weintraub evaluates the pros and cons of California's $10 billion High Speed Rail Proposition 1A. With state revenues are already expected to be over $10 billion short than projected, he thinks it is a risky measure.

October 21, 2008 - The Sacramento Bee

California High Speed Rail Proposal Heading to Ballot

Rapidly approaching a ballot deadline, CA Gov. Schwarzenegger caved in his pledge to veto any bills sent to him prior to receiving a budget by signing a bill that modernizes the 2002 high speed rail bond. Prop 1A will now appear on the Nov. ballot.

August 27, 2008 - The Sacramento Bee

Eminent Domain Back On The Ballot In California

Two ballot measures -- one sponsored by property owners, the other by local government groups and businesses -- seek to tighten the rules around eminent domain, and potentially end rent control in the state.

May 2, 2008 - San Jose Mercury News

Ballot Measure to Weigh Eminent Domain in California

Two ballot measures on the June ballot in California will challenge the state's eminent domain and rent control rules.

March 23, 2008 - The San Francisco Chronicle

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