By requiring a statewide vote, even on some local infrastructure projects, the measure could erode local control by allowing voters in one part of the state to block funding for needed infrastructure projects in another part of the state — even though they would not be paying for them.
“This measure would threaten the ability of cities to partner with other local governments and the state to invest in needed infrastructure priorities,” said League Executive Director Chris McKenzie. “The measure gives voters in distant regions the power to block major projects in other parts of the state that many of our city residents need. This burdensome measure is bad news for local governments and citizens who deserve responsible infrastructure investment.”
The League is joined in its opposition by other local government organizations including the California State Sheriffs’ Association, California Association of Councils of Government, the Association of California Water Agencies, Northern California Water Association, Self-Help Counties, Association of California Cities–Orange County and individual local governments.
More than 150
public safety, local government, business, labor, healthcare, agriculture, water, education and other organizations have come out in opposition to the initiative.