About a year ago I moved to Alameda, California. I was surprised to learn that Alameda is the only city in California that actually bans the construction of new apartments in its charter (which is like a city’s constitution) thanks to a ballot initiative, Measure A, passed by a citywide vote back in 1973. This November voters are going to have the opportunity to repeal the ban with Measure Z. Given the enormous problem of housing affordability in California and the Bay Area in particular I think this is long overdue and I’ve volunteered to work with the folks supporting measure Z: Yes on Alameda Measure Z.
Alameda Measure Z