The language is ambiguous, with unintended consequences.

Myth: The language is ambiguous, with unintended consequences.

Fact: Measure C reflects the concerns of many Los Altos residents, but the actual wording was prepared by a premier law firm, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, a long-time expert in preparing public sector ballot initiatives and dealing with local government land-use issues (check out http://www.smwlaw.com/news/accomplishments). The final language was reviewed by their panel of senior partners to make sure it lacked the ambiguities or unintended consequences now claimed by the opponents. It certainly is not “poorly written.”

It is easy for anyone, especially those who want to block the measure, to claim that it is legally ambiguous, but that does not make it so.