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L.A. County Supervisors Vote To Put ‘Reimagining LA County’ On November Ballot

Tuesday, Los Angeles Board members voted to put Reimagining L.A. County on the November ballot.

The vote is for an amendment to the Los Angeles County Charter that would allow voters to decide whether or not a minimum ten percent of the county’s unrestricted general fund should be allocated annually for housing, jail diversion, mental health and other social services as well as alternatives to incarceration.

The supervisors voted 4 -1, with 5th District Supervisor Barger opposing the addition of the amendment to the ballot.

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Supervisor Kathryn Barger opposed the measure, saying it would unnecessarily restrict future boards and make it harder for the county to manage through economic downturns, according to a Fox News 11 report.

July 22, Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis introduced a motion that directs county staff to “prepare a report on the processes and procedures associated with the placement of a County Charter Amendment on the November 2020 general election ballot, subject to the approval of a simple majority of the voters of the County.”

The amendment would “set a baseline minimum threshold of at least 10%, phased in by 2024, of our locally generated unrestricted revenues in the general fund (“Net County Cost”) to be allocated on an annual basis” to direct community investment” and “alternatives to incarceration.”

“To address racial injustice, over-reliance on law enforcement interventions, limited economic opportunity, health disparities, and housing instability, it’s time to structurally shift our budget priorities and reimagine Los Angeles County,” the motion reads.

Tuesday’s motion officially put the amendment on the November ballot.

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L.A. County Supervisors Vote To Put ‘Reimagining LA County’ On November Ballot

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David Melnarik was born and raised in Santa Clarita, graduating from Hart Senior High School in 2014. David is currently a Video and News intern at KHTS with plans to complete his Associates Degree of Arts in filmmaking at College of the Canyons in Spring 2019.