Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Alameda's Measure B Loses By 70 Points

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Measure B, the widely criticized initiative sponsored by Alameda Point developer SunCal, lost badly at the polls yesterday, garnering a pathetic 15 percent of the vote. The "no" votes, by contrast, accounted for 85 percent, meaning the measure lost by a whopping 60 70 percentage points. The lopsided loss came as no surprise to SunCal officials who earlier this week made the unusal move of conceding defeat before the polls opened.

The devastating loss, which came after SunCal had outspent opponents by a margin of 24 to 1, also raises serious doubts about the company's plans for the former Naval Air Station. Top city leaders, including Mayor Beverly Johnson, had supported revising the city's low-density law for Alameda Point so that SunCal's plans could move forward, and said they only opposed Measure B because it included language that would have made it much tougher for the city to get a fair deal in the development project. However, yesterday's huge margin of defeat now raises questions as to whether city voters will ever agree to amend the density law for Alameda Point.

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