A billionaire-backed campaign for a new California city is off to a bumpy start

February 29, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After two false starts, the billionaires behind a plan to build an eco-friendly city from scratch are behind schedule and off to a bumpy start to put their proposal before California voters this November. He has since amended it twice to address concerns raised by Solano County and a neighboring U.S. Air Force base. But lots of money doesn’t always translate to ballot success — in 2022, California voters rejected two efforts to expand gambling despite at least $460 million spent by supporters. California Forever could have avoided this had the campaign shared its proposal with local officials ahead of time, said Ross, the consultant. The campaign withdrew its initiative again after base officials raised concerns including its ability to conduct flight operations.