League of Women Voters of California
Special Reorganization of the San Fernando Valley Area of the City of Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles
Special Reorganization - Majority Approval Required in both Los Angeles and San Fernando Area
38.4% Yes votes ......
61.6% No votes
Index of all Measures
Results as of Nov 26 10:38am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (682/682)
Includes 1,823/1,823 Precincts in LA City as of Nov 26 10:38am
Includes 681/ 681 Precincts in San Fernando as of Nov 26 10:38am
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments ||
Shall, the order adopted July 25, 2002; by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, ordering the detachment of the San Fernando Valley area from the City of Los Angeles and the incorporation of the entire detached territory as a general law city be confirmed, subject to such terms and conditions, including the establishment of a provisional appropriations limit for the new city of $1,354 billion; the requirement that the new city continue to levy all previously authorized and collected charges, fees, assessments and general or special taxes collected by the City of Los Angeles within the San Fernando Valley area, except as prohibited by law, and that the new city make annual fiscal mitigation payments to the City of Los Angeles of $127,122,000 adjusted for inflation and reduced by 5 percent per year for a total of 20 years, which payments the Local Agency Formation Commission has determined represent the difference between the revenue collected in the San Fernando Valley area by the City of Los Angeles in fiscal year 2000-01 over and above the amount expended by the City of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley area in 2000-01, all as more particularly described and set forth in the order?
This measure submits to registered voters within the City of Los Angeles the question of whether or not the San Fernando Valley area should be detached from the City of Los Angeles and incorporated as a separate city.
The new city will be approximately 224 square miles with a population of approximately 1.35 million persons. The new city will be governed by a city council of 14 members elected by district and a mayor elected at-large.
Property taxes, and other taxes, charges, fees, and assessments currently levied will continue. These revenues will transfer to the new city. As a general law city, however, the new city is not legally authorized to charge the same documentary transfer tax as the City of Los Angeles.
During a one-year transition period, the City of Los Angeles will continue to provide most municipal services. The new city will be required to reimburse the City of Los Angeles for the services provided.
After the transition period, the new city will be responsible for providing municipal services, including general municipal government, law enforcement, fire protection, planning, building inspection, public works, trash collection and animal control. Some of these services may be provided by the City of Los Angeles through contracts, if the new city and the City of Los Angeles agree to such an arrangement. The City of Los Angeles will continue to provide water, power, and wastewater services to the San Fernando Valley area.
The Local Agency Formation Commission has determined that the new city would be fiscally viable during the three fiscal years after incorporation. The new city will be required to make annual fiscal mitigation payments to the City of Los Angeles of $127,122,000 adjusted for inflation and reduced by 5 percent per year for a total of 20 years. That initial payment reflects the difference between the revenue collected in the San Fernando Valley area by the City of Los Angeles in fiscal year 2000-01 over and above the amount expended by the City of Los Angeles in providing services to the San Fernando Valley area in that year, as determined by the Commission. It will be reduced over 20 years to zero.
If approved by the voters, the special reorganization would:
Voters who believe that the San Fernando Valley area should be detached from the City of Los Angeles and incorporated as a self-governing city on the terms and conditions set forth in the order approved by the Board of Supervisors on July 25, 2002, should vote "yes" on this measure. Voters who believe the area should remain a part of the City of Los Angeles should vote "no" on the measure.
The boundary of the proposed new city is depicted below:
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|Arguments For Measure F||Arguments Against Measure F|
|An independent state agency exhaustively studied Valley independence. These
experts concluded that a FINANCIALLY VIABLE VALLEY CITY CAN BE
CREATED WITHOUT HURTING LOS ANGELES.
Read their report at http://www.lalafco.org/lafco_topics.htm
Valley Cityhood is good for Los Angeles:
Valley Cityhood also means:
Other cities have taken a strong role to improve their failing schools. Los Angeles has not. Valley Cityhood begins the process of breaking up the LAUSD. Once the Valley becomes independent the precedent is set. The LAUSD will be next.
That's good for all of us. City Hall politicians have raised millions to defeat Valley Cityhood because they will lose power if decision-making is returned to local communities!
We all demand better government in the Valley and Los Angeles. Don't hold onto the Valley against our will!
You CAN fight City Hall! Vote YES on F.
MICHAEL D. ANTONOVICH
Don't be fooled. Secession has nothing to do with the breakup of LA's School District; the breakup of LA's School District is controlled by the State Board of Education. Secession has no impact on LA Schools.
Should secession prevail, LA's rent control laws expire in 120 days. There are no legal guarantees that rent control will be the law in the proposed Valley city. The same is true for LA's living wage protections. Remember, the leaders of Secession already have a record of trying to weaken rent control protection in Los Angeles.
Secession is financially risky for everyone. Independent financial analysis shows Secession could cost Los Angeles taxpayers $4 Billion over 20 years, resulting in tax increases and cuts in essential services.
Additionally, the proposed new cities must pay annual fees for the next 20 years, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. The proposed Valley and Hollywood cities will lack adequate financial protection against disaster, economic recession, and major public safety threats. And, Secession could result in higher water and electric costs for everyone.
Don't be fooled. The proposed Valley city won't be self-sufficient; it will continue to depend on Los Angeles for essential services like police, fire, water and power, and street repairs. Secession will create jobs for more politicians and bureaucrats on top of the existing Los Angeles infrastructure.
The League of Women Voters, LA's Firefighters and Paramedics, and the LA Chamber of Commerce say VOTE NO ON F.
TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER.
LAURA N. CHICK
PASTOR ANDRAE E. CROUCH
RABBI GARY GREENEBAUM
|LOS ANGELES IS STRONGER WHEN WE ARE UNITED AND WEAKER
WHEN SPLIT APART. VOTE NO ON SECESSION. When the Northridge earthquake devastated our City, we pulled together and rebuilt our community. Los Angeles was hit again with $69 million in emergency costs to meet threats posed after the September 11th terrorist attacks.
While Los Angeles maintains disaster and catastrophe reserve funds of $101 million, the proposed cities in the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood will lack financial protection against disaster, economic recession, and major public safety threats. In fact, the proposed new Valley City would maintain a reserve fund originally estimated at only $1 million. The effects of the Northridge earthquake would have been dramatically worse had the San Fernando Valley not been supported by the resources of the entire City of Los Angeles.
FINANCIALLY, SECESSION MAKES LITTLE SENSE.
The new Valley city will have to pay additional annual fees for the next 20 years, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. An independent financial analysis shows that secession could cost taxpayers of the remaining City of Los Angeles $3.9 billion dollars over the next 20 years, resulting in tax increases and cuts to essential services, like police and fire, to cover these losses.
As brownouts and price increases hit the rest of California, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power provided reliable service at reasonable rates. Secession's impact on DWP's finances is likely to result in higher water and electric costs for everyone.
Secession is just too risky. Together, we have overcome many challenges. Separately, we face a financially risky future.
The League of Women Voters, L.A.'s Firefighters and Paramedics, The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and business, religious, and community leaders from across Los Angeles oppose dividing Los Angeles and urge you to
VOTE NO ON SECESSION.
JAMES K. HAHN
RICHARD J. RIORDAN
EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON, JR.
Downtown politicians, afraid of losing power, want to confuse and scare voters into opposing Valley Cityhood. The facts: # After the Northridge earthquake, the federal government came to the Valley's rescue. Natural disasters we can handle--City Hall is a financial disaster every day! # An independent study by The Rose Institute, Claremont McKenna College, found LA does not do well in Sacramento or Washington. A new Valley city would IMPROVE the region's clout.
The Valley city would be the 6th largest in America, but City Hall wants you to think the Valley isn't big enough to handle independence. Preposterous! City Hall's financial study is false and was rejected by independent state agencies, including the State Controller.
Valley Cityhood has undergone the most exhaustive analysis by independent government experts in LA history. Read their report at http://www.lalafco.org/lafco_topics.htm.
These independent experts found: # Valley Cityhood imposes no new taxes. # Power and water rates are protected. # The Valley will be a financially viable city with strong reserves. # $1.3 billion in Valley taxes will stay in the Valley to pay for local priorities. These are NOT new taxes--they are existing taxes the Valley already sends downtown.
Valley cityhood means: smaller, more accountable government, better local services, improved quality of life--for BOTH Los Angeles and the Valley.
Taxpayer, Latino, African-American and community leaders say, "YES ON MEASURE F!" For more information, log onto http://www.valleyindependence.org.