Myth: Measure C will interfere with Library and Fire Station leases and renewals.
Fact: Measure C does not affect the fire stations, libraries, Neutra House, History Museum, LASD maintenance yard, etc. Measure C doesn’t touch existing leases now, or upon renewal, or in the future, as long as the property is used for a public purpose. Leases only require a vote if the lease would PRIVATIZE the Public land. That is the whole point of Measure C – to give residents the final say on whether to PRIVATIZE OUR PUBLIC LAND.
For example: As long as the PUBLIC library is used for PUBLIC purposes, there is no need for a vote on any lease or renewal – or even for a new lease if there is a new building. If the city wants to lease PUBLIC land to a PRIVATE entity that fundamentally changes the public character of the property, that action would require a vote. Read the text yourself:
- “This Initiative Applies Only to Actions that Would Significantly Impact the Public Character of Lands Owned by the City of Los Altos.” ( Section I, C.5.)
- Measure C requires “voter approval for actions that would effectively privatize these shared spaces….” (Section I, C.5.)
- Measure C requires “voter approval for actions that would alter the public character of these lands” (Section I. B.)