We've said before that we're generally opposed to ballot box initiatives that should best be left to paid city staff to research and elected officials to enact. That, after all, is why we have a City Manager form of government and elect our mayor and two City Council members every two years. If we want change or don't like the way the city's being run, regular elections provide a reasonably frequent opportunity to change leaders. So it comes as no surprise that we're not in support of former Councilwoman Kay Ayala's latest effort to block all developments on hillside properties with slopes of 25 percent or greater. We also question the need for another initiative to clarify the housing cap, a 29,000-unit limit that voters imposed in 1996. Even if these initiatives are needed, which we don't think they are, the General Election on Nov. 4 when they would be on the ballot is the wrong time to ask voters for a decision. The presidential, congressional, state assembly, mayor and City council and school board races, along with a long list of state bond and other measures, will complicate the November ballot enough. We don't need two more issues that lack any sense of urgency.
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posted Friday, May 16, 2008, 12:00 AM