Ballot Measures

The initiative is the power of the people to propose statutes or amendments to the City of Emeryville's Charter and/or the Emeryville Municipal Code.  An initiative may be placed on the ballot after proponents successfully meet a series of requirements mandated by the California Elections Code.

Measure Updates


November 5, 2019 City Council formed an Ad Hoc Committee to prepare direct argument and rebuttal argument in favor of a sales tax measure to be placed on the March 2020 ballot.
October 29, 2019 City Council considered and directed staff to place a special sales and use tax on the March 2020 ballot.
October 1, 2019 City Council considered potential revenue measures for 2020, and directed staff to conduct research for a potential sales tax measure for the March 2020 ballot.
December 10, 2018 City Council declared the results of the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election on the election for and against Measure S.
October 30, 2018
City Council approved a resolution establishing initial tax rates for a cannabis business license tax, contingent upon Measure S taking effect following the November 6, 2018 General Election.
September 17, 2018 City Council discussed initial cannabis tax rates in advance of the November 2018 ballot.
July 24, 2018 City Council considered three options for the cannabis business tax ordinance to be placed before voters.
July 10, 2018 City Council reaffirmed direction to staff to proceed with placing a cannabis business tax on the November 2018 ballot.
December 19, 2017 City Council considered potential revenue measures for the November 2018 ballot, and directed staff to place a cannabis tax measure on the November 2018 ballot.