Los Altos Hills residents who've rallied to prevent the sale of some
city-owned land say they will press forward with a ballot initiative that
would ban such sales without voter approval.
Their decision comes despite the city council's pledge last week to let
voters decide certain land sales.
Some residents say the pledge doesn't go far enough and a binding ballot
measure is what's really needed.
Nancy Couperus, a founding member of Friends of Westwind Barn and of a new
group called Los Altos Hills Open Space, said the latter group has
instructed its attorneys to start drafting a ballot proposal.
They plan to begin gathering signatures on a petition by the end of
September in hopes of getting the measure on the March 2003 ballot.
According to the group's lawyers, if the council were to adopt the citizens'
initiative, it would become city policy without having to go on the ballot,
and no current or future council could sell any affected lands without voter
The Westwind property is the largest and most valuable of several pieces of
salable city-owned land. Council members figuratively lighted a barn fire
earlier this year when they suggested they'd be willing to consider selling
the Westwind land as long as they got a good price and the barn's programs
could be relocated to the adjacent Byrne Open Space Preserve.
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