The Richmond Hills Initiative has been adopted!
However, as we feared, it’s not the end of the story. Three of the speculators are in the process of suing the City of Richmond in an attempt to overturn the Initiative. The Sierra Club has agreed to help the City respond to the lawsuits, and to that end we have hired a specialist lawyer to help build the case.
Such lawsuits are not uncommon in the aftermath of the passage of initiatives like ours, and we knew there was a good chance that this might come up. The language of the initiative has been carefully crafted to stand up in court in anticipation of this possibility. We can take heart from the fact that sister initiatives in other Bay Area communities have withstood similar legal challenges.
We will need to raise over $15,000 to pay for legal costs. There will be a fundraising concert in November, but you can also donate directly to the defense fund right now if you wish by clicking HERE