San Jose, CA – A federal judge has blocked the Monterey County General Plan Initiative from going on the June ballot. A Thursday ruling from U-S District Court Judge James Ware in San Jose says the initiative violated the federal Voting Rights Act, which requires that county voters receive all election materials in English and Spanish. Signature gatherers only circulated the text of the initiative in English. KAZU's Ben Adler talks with Salinas Californian reporter Dawn Withers.
Salinas, CA – When Salinas voters passed the half-cent sales tax known as Measure V at last November's election, most assumed the city's budget crisis was solved. But while the city's libraries are likely safe, they still have to compete with other departments - including police, fire and parks and recreation - for a limited amount of new revenue. As KAZU's Ben Adler reports, that set off a funding battle among the departments at two recent city council meetings, including one earlier this week.
Salinas, CA – The Monterey County Board of Supervisors expected to get sued when it voted to keep the General Plan initiative off the June primary ballot last week. And it only took initiative supporters a day to file that suit against the county, saying the Board's vote clearly violated the law. The stakes are high - the proposal would set land use policy throughout the county for the next 20 years. But the battle has moved from the initiative's merits straight into the courts.