It was a tough election if you wear a hardhat.
A number of measures that could have boosted the local construction industry got shot down.
The one with the biggest potential was Measure A, a half-cent sales tax that was designed to raise about $18 billion during the next 40 years to fund transportation and infrastructure projects.
It was proposed by SANDAG, which would have administered the bulk of the money. About 40 percent would have gone to public transit projects.
It needed support from two-thirds of the voters, but got only 57 percent approval. It saw an interesting mix of opposition — from environmentalists to organized labor to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Critics argued that the plan wasn’t progressive enough when it came to offering mass transit alternatives.
A number of labor unions attacked it, saying it didn’t guarantee the jobs would go to union workers. The San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council opposed it.
However, the San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America supported the measure, as did the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
They also both supported the Chargers proposed downtown stadium and convention center annex. That also got shot down by voters. It also needed a two-thirds majority, but it received only 43 percent support.
The $1.8 billion project would have provided thousands of construction jobs. It was supported by organized labor because the team agreed to use union workers if it were approved.
That caused backlash from the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, which opposed the measure, arguing that it was unfair to shut out non-union-members.
The project, though supported by Faulconer, didn’t get much traction. Opponents balked at the price tag and the location. They were concerned it would be too intrusive for East Village and would deter other development.
A housing development near Valley Center was also killed by voters. Lilac Hills Ranch called for 1,746 homes to be built in an area where zoning only allows for about 110.
The developer had not been able to get county approval. So, when the process stalled, the developer decided to circumvent the process by putting the plan on the countywide ballot.
The developer argued the project would help relieve the region’s housing crunch, but apparently voters weren’t buying. Sixty-four percent opposed Measure B.
This was another project supported by the San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.
San Diego voters did support Measure M, which increases the number of affordable housing units the city is allowed to develop. It’s quite the jump — from the current cap of 10,500 to more than 49,000. That’s the number of low-income units the city says it will need by 2020 to meet demand. The measure doesn’t provide a method for the city to reach that goal, though. It merely expands the cap.