Measure U: Two Sides Argue Over Livermore Medical Initiative


Livermore voters in the Nov. 6 election will be asked to approve or reject Measure U, which backers believe will help control medical charges, and opponents claim will result in job layoffs and pay cuts for medical workers, and the flight of practitioners from Livermore.

The initiative was placed on the ballot by the Livermore City Council because it received enough votes to be placed on the ballot.

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