Extortion is the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats. Measures J/R clearly do result in additional expenses for a developer; however, the City (and the community) don’t receive any payments as a result of any of the provisions of Measures J/R. The additional developer dollars are paid out (discretionarily) to third parties, like election campaign consultants, and advertising channels, and experts providing testimony, etc.
In the last 10 years I can only think of one example of “extortion” and that example is one where the developer “extorted” an $8 million payment from the City. Of course I refer to the Cannery CFD. Not only did the developer receive that $8 million cash payment, but that $8 million payment cost the Davis taxpayers a total of $21.8 million in principal repayment, bond closing costs and interest payments.