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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Clean Water, Ocean, River, Beach, Bay Storm Water Cleanup Measure
City of Los Angeles
General Obligation Bond Measure - 2/3 Majority Approval Required
764,536 / 76.30% Yes votes ...... 237,505 / 23.70% No votes
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|Results as of Nov 26 2:53pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (1,658/1,658)|
|Information shown below: Summary | Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
To protect public health by cleaning up polluted storm water; keeping pollution, trash, toxic chemicals, dangerous bacteria from rivers, beaches; preserving clean drinking water by protecting groundwater quality; reducing flooding; increasing water conservation; protecting bays, rivers, lakes from storm water contamination; shall the City of Los Angeles incur bonded indebtedness totaling $500,000,000 for storm water projects, with independent financial audits, citizen oversight?
Bond Proposition O. Clean Water, Ocean, River, Beach, Bay Storm Water Cleanup Measure General Obligation Bonds.
Should the City issue $500 million in bonds for projects that clean up polluted storm water, and bacteria in the City's rivers, lakes, beaches and ocean?
The Environmental Protection Agency, in enforcing the Federal Clean Water Act, requires the City to clean up pollution in its rivers, lakes, beaches and ocean to provide for cleaner and safer water. Currently, the City does not have the money to pay for these required cleanups. Approval of these bonds will provide funds for projects to remove trash, bacteria and storm-water pollution from the City's rivers, lakes, beaches and ocean; and reduce flooding and increase water conservation. Construction of these projects will improve the health and welfare of the public and environment.
This measure will authorize $500 million in bonds for the purchase and/or improvement of property for projects that:
The bonds will be paid for by property taxes. The average estimated tax increase on a $350,000 home will be $35.00 per year for 24 years.
The measure will be adopted if 2/3 of the voters approve it.
A YES VOTE MEANS:
You want the City to issue $500 million in bonds for projects that clean up polluted storm water, and bacteria in the City's rivers, lakes, beaches and ocean.
A NO VOTE MEANS:
You do not want the City to issue $500 million in bonds for projects that clean up polluted storm water, and bacteria in the City's rivers, lakes, beaches and ocean.
Federal mandates initiated in 1999 established that over 60 water quality regulations would be adopted over the subsequent 13 years. The regulations adopted require the City to implement a water quality work plan to:
Costs for this program were compiled by the City's Bureau of Sanitation based on studies, estimates and recently completed City and regional construction projects, and comparable projects in other jurisdictions.
The City will by ordinance institute a comprehensive set of controls and a strong management structure, including an Administrative Oversight Committee and a Citizens Oversight Advisory Committee, to ensure that all projects are delivered on time, and on budget.
Failure to approve this measure will postpone the City's ability to comply with Federal and State water quality regulations, exposing the City and taxpayers to potential fines and litigation, particularly from the Federal and State governments, and continuing the dangers of pollution and loss of valuable water.
The measure will become effective only if 2/3 of the voters approve it.
|Arguments For Measure O|
YES on Proposition 0 will keep our water clean, protect our children and our families, and keep dangerous bacteria and toxic pollution from contaminating our rivers, lakes, beaches and ocean.
We Can't Walt
In Los Angeles, storm water runoff carries tons of trash and dangerous bacteria through our neighborhoods into our rivers, lakes, bay and ocean. This runoff contaminates everything downstream, threatening public health, contaminating fish and harming wildlife. In fact, more than 10,000 tons of trash-from cigarette butts to syringes-washes up on beaches each year, resulting in beach closures to protect public health.
YES on 0 Protects Public Health
Unless we pass Prop 0, dangerous pollutants and bacteria will continue flowing into our rivers and onto our beaches. That places us at risk for infectious and serious diseases.
YES on 0 Protects Clean Drinking Water
Prop 0 protects sources of drinking water from contamination by protecting groundwater quality I and increases water conservation.
YES on 0 Keeps Pollution out of the Ocean and off our Beaches Prop 0 will keep bacteria, toxic chemicals, and pollution out of the ocean and off LA beaches, reducing beach closures and protecting swimmers.
YES on 0 Benefits Everyone
This measure will benefit every neighborhood in Los Angeles by upgrading storm drain systems, eliminating flooding at key intersections, creating new community parks, and improving water quality.
Proposition 0 Has Strict Accountability, Financial Audits and Citizen's Oversight
All spending will be subject to independent financial audits, LA Controller's audit and reviewed by a Citizen's Oversight Committee.
Vote Yes on Proposition 0
Please join Mayor James Hahn. the entire City Council and a diverse coalition of business. conservation and public health organizations in supporting Proposition 0: the best way to ensure clean water for Los Angeles.
MARC J. laRIVIERE, M.D.
(No arguments against Measure O were submitted)
|Full Text of Measure O|
|All projects shall provide water quality benefits and have as their primary purpose the reduction of pollutant loads to the impaired waters of Los Angeles to meet water quality standards. Wherever feasible projects shall be designed (1) to provide multiple benefits and purposes including water supply, flood management, open space, habitat, and recreation benefits, (2) with consideration of source control measures and leveraging of funds and collaboration with other agencies, and (3) shall utilize a strategic adaptive management approach that incorporates assessment, feedback, adaptation, and flexibility. In order to protect public health, improve water quality, conserve water and reduce flooding, the types of projects include storm water cleanup, control and diversion; water quality, pollution and bacteria control; trash capture; urban lakes and bay improvements; habitat/wetlands restoration and development; storm water retention facilities/parks/greenbelts; and water conservation/reuse facilities. The projects will be funded from one or more of the following categories throughout the City:
(1) A Citizens Oversight Advisory Committee with four (4) members appointed by the Mayor and five (5) by the President of the City Council will be established to monitor the Program, the projects, budgets and schedules and at least semi-annually to advise and report to the Mayor and City Council on the status of the Program, projects, budgets and schedules. At least two (2) appointments by the Mayor and three (3) by the President of the City Council shall be based upon the appointee's expertise and experience in clean water issues and one of the President's expert appointees shall be recommended by the Regional Water Quality Board. The other four (4) members shall be knowledgeable community representatives. An Administrative Oversight Committee, including a representative to be designated by the Board of Public Works, will be established by the City Council to oversee and direct the Program and the projects in order to comply with approved schedules and budgets.
(2) The City Council shall adopt criteria for the selection of individual projects for the above categories within 180 days of passage of the bond measure. The development and review of these criteria will be done in consultation with the Citizens Oversight Advisory Committee by the Administrative Oversight Committee. The City Council shall use the Integrated Resources Plan, the Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan and the Watershed/Water Management Plan as guidelines, to the extent possible, for the selection of projects. Both Committees will review project proposals to determine if they meet the adopted criteria and recommend to the City Council projects that meet the criteria by a time specified by City Council.
(3) Salaries for administrators not directly involved in the Program shall be ineligible.
(4) All bond funds shall be deposited into a special fund and can only be used for the purposes of the Program.
(5) The City Administrative Officer shall file an annual report with the City Council no later than January 1, 2005, and at least once a year thereafter that reports on the amount of funds collected and expended and on the status of the Projects. Projects will be audited periodically by the City Controller.