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Letter to City Council Re: Revision to Initiative Ballot Statement

June 24, 2024
City Council
City of Eureka
531 K Street
Eureka, CA 95501

 

Re: City Council June 24, 2024 Regular Meeting Agenda Item A.1
Housing For All and Downtown Vitality Initiative

 

Dear Councilmembers:

This letter is submitted on behalf of the proponents of the Housing For All and Downtown Vitality Initiative (“Initiative”). The comments below follow on, and incorporate, the comments that we submitted concerning the City Council’s June 18, 2024 consideration of Item H.1. from that meeting’s agenda.

We appreciate the City’s decision to revise its prior proposed ballot statement. As we explained in our comment letter for the June 18 meeting, the prior ballot statement was clearly untrue and biased, and lacked required verbiage, in violation of the state Elections Code. The revised ballot statement is a marked improvement, but still contains problematic elements, as discussed below.

We understand that the City now proposes to adopt a revised ballot statement, which reads as follows:

Shall the measure amending Eureka’s General Plan, creating an overlay designation for downtown that limits 21 City-owned lots, with exceptions, to parking at or above the current capacity and above-groundlevel high-density housing, and creating an overlay designation for the former Jacobs Middle School site, allowing housing, public, quasi-public, and commercial uses, with at least 40% of non-public use area dedicated to high-density housing, subject to review for consistency with state law, be adopted?
YES
NO

This revised ballot statement still contains elements that are untrue and argumentative, and therefore still violates state law. For this reason, we again recommend the following ballot statement in the alternative: 

Shall the measure amending Eureka’s General Plan creating an overlay designation for 21 City lots that, with exceptions, limits those lots to public parking, housing where the number of public parking spaces is preserved, and bike parking, and creating a designation for the former Jacobs Middle School Site allowing housing, public, and commercial uses, with at least 40% dedicated to high-density housing exclusive of public facility uses be adopted?
YES
NO

 

A detailed explanation of why the proposed Ballot Statement is incorrect, untrue and prejudicial can be found in the full letter linked below.

Letter to City re Initiative 6.24.24

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