Alameda voters overwhelmingly told the City Council on Tuesday night that they want the final say in determining if public park land should be sold or traded.
With all of the votes counted, Measure D won, with 15,247 yes votes, or 78.21 percent to 4,249 no votes, or 21.79 percent. A simple majority was needed to pass.
Meanwhile, a countywide measure to raise money to remodel the Oakland Zoo and care for its animals was leading by a margin of nearly two to one but did not have the necessary two-thirds approval with 100 percent of precincts tallied early Wednesday. It was losing with 62.69 percent of voters in favor of the tax and 37.31 percent opposed
Measure D does more than just offering voters the chance to increase protection for Alameda’s parks. Measure D builds crucial momentum for preserving open space and creating new park lands for our Island community.
Measure D on the November ballot asks Alameda voters, "Shall the Charter of the City of Alameda be amended by amending Section 22-12 to eliminate language that allows the City Council to sell or dispose of public parks or any portion thereof if a new public park is designated, which means the sale or disposal of public parks must be approved by the electors?"
Alameda voters are being asked to decide whether to take away the City Council’s ability to sell or trade the city’s park land, which the city’s charter now allows the council to do if a suitable replacement is found. Measure D would eliminate the council’s ability to make those calls and put them into the hands of voters.
Golfers and Bay Farm Island residents put together the measure after the council decided to consider a proposal to allow developer Ron Cowan to build homes on the Mif Albright golf course in exchange for cash and land he owns on North Loop Road, which would have been used to construct new ball fields. The council unanimously opted not to pursue the plan.