Hillside protection measures PP and QQ both came out of Tuesday night election returns with decisive victories, leaving the matter to be ultimately dealt with by the City Council.
With all 47 Pleasanton precincts reporting, PP came away with 12,787 'yes' votes, representing 59.81 percent, while 8,594 'no' votes were tallied, representing 40.1 percent. A total of 11,804 'yes' votes were made for QQ, representing 54.2 percent, while 9,943 'no' votes, representing 45.7 percent were cast.
Because both Measures PP and QQ received favorable votes from a majority of those casting ballots, both measures were officially approved. It will now be up to the City Council to consider the measures and develop an action plan for putting a hillside protection ordinance in place that reflects the intent of both measures.
PP seeks to ban development on ridgelines, as well as on slopes with 25 percent grade or more. PP also tightens the definition of housing units that is used in determining what counts toward the city's voter-mandated 29,000-unit housing cap.
Placed on the ballot by a majority of the City Council--Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and councilmembers Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne--Measure QQ proposed much the same as the citizens' initiative, but only after detailed review by various city commissions, a citizens' task force, an environmental impact report and final council action.
Karla Brown, one of the chief members of the Measure PP group, said she was happy that so many voters approved the citizen's initiative.
"I'm very, very excited," Brown said, adding that supporters worked very hard on the grassroots campaign. "Both PP and QQ were strongly supported by the public, saying to me that the public wants hillside protection and they're gangbusters to get it."
Asked what role PP backers could play in the council's drafting of an ordinance, Brown said: "I would hope that the current council would draw from the strong supporters of PP in implementing the measure here in town."
"I certainly hope that the three dissenting members on the council listen," she added.
City Councilman Matt Sullivan, who was re-elected Tuesday to a new four-year term, said he, too, was pleased with Measure PP's passage, something he had supported during his campaign.
"One of the things that this election tells me is that people are paying attention," he said. "With all the money that we saw injected into this campaign, it's heartening to me that (money) isn't what decides some of these things, that people are looking at the issues and are educating themselves."