Los Angeles County voters will have a weighty fiscal decision on their hands Nov. 3.
In August, County Supervisors voted to place a charter amendment on the ballot to require the county to spend a sizable chunk of its budget on programs such as housing, youth development, mental health care and criminal justice diversion programs. If approved, the county would be required to designate at least 10% of its locally generated, unrestricted revenue to community investment initiatives. In the event of a budget emergency that threatens mandated programs, supervisors could vote to reduce that amount. Amending the county's charter to make the 10% threshold permanent takes voter approval.
The idea was first approved on July 21. Supporters have dubbed Measure J the "Reimagine L.A. County" charter amendment because it was developed with the support of groups in a coalition of that name, including the United Way, L.A. Community Action Network, Abundant Housing and more. The motion was co-authored by supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis. It passed 4-1, with Board Chair Kathryn Barger the lone "no" vote, citing concerns about county worker layoffs and impact to public safety.
Today on AirTalk, we’ll debate Los Angeles County Measure J. For more on Measure J from KPCC’s Libby Denkmann, click here. You can also visit our Voter Game Plan at LAist.com, where you’ll find information on all the races and measures that will be on your November ballot.
With files from LAist
Isaac Bryan, spokesperson for the “Yes on J” campaign, director of public policy for the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African-American Studies, and founding executive director of the UCLA Black Policy Project, a policy think tank at UCLA to intentionally study policy interventions to improve the material conditions of Black Life in California and beyond; he tweets @ib2real