An unprecedented ballot measure asking Beverly Hills voters to skip the city's planning review processand approve what would be the city's tallest tower is trailing in early voting results.
Sponsored by the tower's developer, Beny Alagem, Measure HH would allow him to bypass city officials and secure permission directly from the voters for a $700-million redevelopment project, which includes a 26-story building,at the site of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Local authorities say this is the first time voters have been asked to approve a project that wasn’t fully vetted first by planning commissioners and the City Council. With 16.67% of the precincts reporting, Measure HH is trailing, with 42.57% backing the measure and 57.43% opposed.
Activists are not taking the idea of a Donald Trump presidency quietly. Hundreds of demonstrators across the U.S. hit the pavement during the day and evening Wednesday to protest the Republican's electoral victory.
California voters have approved Proposition 51, a $9-billion bond for school construction projects across the state.
The measure was leading 53.9% to 46.1%, according to election returns at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and the Associated Press has called the victory.
State funding to help finance repairs and new school facilities across California had run dry, and Proposition 51 will refill the pot. School construction needs billions of dollars every year, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. With the new cash infusion, the state will once again match local district funding for construction projects.
California voters have approved a significant change of the rules in how proposed laws are approved by the Legislature, overwhelmingly supporting a new mandate for public review of legislation before any final vote.
The change in legislative rules was long discussed in the state Capitol but failed to gain momentum until the initiative written by a former GOP legislator and bankrolled by a wealthy Bay Area activist.