Judge orders Berkeley to Correct Exaggerated Measure U1 Revenue Estimates and Disclose Special Treatment for Developers and Luxury Apartment Building Owners
An Alameda County Superior Court judge found that Berkeley officials were actively misleading voters and trying to game the election outcome in the contest between Measures U1 and DD.
Judge Kimberly Colwell ruled that Berkeley must disclose to voters that the City Council-sponsored rental housing tax Measure U1 contains special exemptions for developers and owners of new luxury apartment complexes.
She also ruled that Berkeley also needed to corrected exaggerated revenue projections for Measure U1.
Finally, the judge ordered Berkeley to correct its misleading ballot by placing Measures U1 and Measure DD side by side so voters could more easily compare the two measures before casting a vote on either.