Proposed June sunlight protection measure dead 

We’ve been telling you about Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s proposed June ballot measure that would strengthen The City’s shadow law, which protects parks and open spaces from the “shadow” impact of development.

Well, on Thursday, during the board’s Rules Committee meeting, Chiu announced he is withdrawing the measure for the ballot.

Chiu had introduced a proposed ballot measure for June to strengthen Prop. K, but the measure ignited a firestorm of controversy as Mayor Gavin Newsom and The City’s planning director John Rahaim warned the measure could kill a number of high-profile developments.

Chiu said Thursday that “Our parks are our residential living rooms. It is where our communities come together. It is where our children and families play. It’s where we relax after tense City Hall hearings.”

Chiu said that before he introduced the measure there was little talk about the impact development would have on the sunlight in The City’s parks and open spaces, so he was glad he brought up the measure that kicked off the discussion and ensures further study of the impacts.

He said he is now working on a measure for the November ballot.

“We will do this in a way that makes sense,” Chiu said.

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