By the Numbers
Measure J — Top 10
- Measure J protects the neighborhoods that make Berkeley such
a livable city. It guards against the unchecked demolition of
historic buildings by developers and real-estate speculators
seeking to cash in on these valuable resources.
- Measure J is Berkeley's 1974 Landmarks Preservation Ordinance
(LPO) with six updates, as recommended by the State Office of
Historic Preservation. The State has certified Berkeley's LPO
as being in compliance with all relevant state and federal
preservation laws, including the Permit Streaming Act.
- Measure J will save homeowners time and money. Under the
Mayor's competing plan, all permits for ordinary maintenance and
repair of older buildings would have to be approved by the
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).
- Measure J ensures meaningful citizen participation in LPC
decisions. It prevents back-room development deals and undue
influence by special interests.
- Measure J prevents the destruction of traditional
neighborhood housing and the displacement of long-term residents
from affordable housing in their own neighborhoods.
- Measure J encourages the conservation of resources and
creates a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly city. The
greenest and least wasteful way to provide new housing is by
improving our existing structures.
- Berkeley's LPO is moderate by current standards. Other
California cities have outpaced our city with strong preservation
zoning. Pasadena has 11 Historic Districts, one of which contains
800 homes. Similar cities without preservation zoning have been
hit hard by demolitions. In Palo Alto, for example, over 900 older
homes have been destroyed since 2000. Berkeley neighborhoods could
face a similar fate, if the speculators are allowed to have their
- The Mayor's plan would hurt local carpenters, plumbers and
electricians by insuring that their already lengthy permit
applications take even longer. Under Tom Bates' administration,
permit fees have doubled and will likely rise even higher.
- The city's neighborhood associations support Measure J. None
of Berkeley's 20+ neighborhood groups support the Mayor's
- The Mayor's competing LPO benefits only those large
real-estate developers who want to demolish historic buildings --
it doesn't help homeowners or renters.
- Under the Mayor's competing plan, it would be quicker and
easier to demolish a 120-year old Victorian than to remodel a
kitchen or repave a driveway.
Support your neighborhood. Vote Yes on J.