This will be an unusual election with two competing park land exchange initiatives.
“Protect our Parks,” was created and championed by the same folks who opposed the land exchange involving Strawberry Fields. After that exchange was approved by City Council, the group started a city sanctioned process to come up with a land exchange initiative to put on the ballot. “Protect our Parks” creates guidelines and a list of protected city parks. If it passes, any future proposed land exchange involving those parks would require voter approval.
The second initiative requires a supermajority of 7 council members for any land exchange involving parks. The thought behind the super-majority approach: any park land exchange should be carefully considered and require a higher bar of approval.
The TOSC Board of Directors considered the two options and ended up supporting the supermajority approach; though not a unanimous vote. For more information on why the Board voted as it did visit www.trailsandopenspaces.org