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"Of course every election is important, but the local balloting on March 7 is especially significant as the very future of Los Angeles is up for a vote."
 
 - Los Angeles Times, Op-ed, January 28, 2017
It is such an important time to vote locally, and lucky for Angelenos, we have local elections just around the corner! On March 7th, make your mark on LA by voting in municipal elections. 

What's on the ballot? Read on for more information. 
Officials elected this year will be serving a 5 1/2 year term. In 2015, in order to help increase participation in local elections, LA voters passed a charter amendment to place city elections on the same calendar as the statewide gubernatorial elections. Elections will move from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years. The next gubernatorial election is in 2022 which means that the next elected officials will serve an extended term. 

Participation in local elections is dismal. Let's fix that! In the last mayoral primary election, just one in five or 20.8%, of eligible Angeleno voters participated in the last primary election in the City of Los Angeles. 
 
The median age of voters in Los Angeles is 59. And voters 55 and older make up 31% of the state’s adult population but constitute 47% of likely voters. We need more voices across the age spectrum to determine the future of Los Angeles. That's why we love what United Way's LA Youth Vote campaign is doing! 
The Mayor of Los Angeles, three seats on the LAUSD School Board, three seats on the Los Angeles City Community Colleges Board of Trustees, and eight City Council seats, including the seat for District 7 in the Valley which is hotly contested (20 candidates are running for the position). The City Attorney and Controller are also on the ballot, though running uncontested. The measures on the ballot vary depending on where you live. Across L.A. County there are 13 local measures and one county measure. 

There may be other municipal elections happening if you live outside of the City of Los Angeles. Check out the list of municipal candidatesmunicipal measures, and your sample ballot based on your address. 

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Don't forget to check your polling place. It may be different from where you voted in November!
Los Angeles County Measure H: a quarter-cent sales tax increase to provide services for the homeless, including mental health, health care, job training, and other supportive services. This measure is a companion to Measure HHH which will build 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing and provide several million dollars for affordable housing. Measure H is part of the county's broader plan to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles.

This measure needs 2/3 of votes cast to pass.
Los Angeles City Measure M: a measure that is intended to provide a process for the regulation, taxation, and enforcement of the marijuana legalization law, or Prop 64, that was passed by California voters in November. This measure--which competes with Measure N--would provide the City Council to amend and adopt regulations related to marijuana after a public hearing and comment process.

This measure needs the majority of votes cast to pass.
Los Angeles City Measure N: a measure that would establish City permitting program for the regulation, taxation, and enforcement of the marijuana legalization law, or Prop 64. This measure--which competes with Measure M--has been abandoned by the backers of the proposition, though it was too late to remove it from the ballot. You still have the option to vote for or against it. 

This measure needs the majority of votes cast to pass.
Los Angeles City Measure P: a measure that would amend the charter to increase maximum term for franchises, concessions, permits, licenses and leases that may be entered into by the Harbor Department from the current maximum of 50 years to a new maximum of 66 years, to be consistent with recent changes to state law.

This measure needs the majority of votes cast to pass.
Los Angeles City Measure S: a measure, also known as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, that would place a two-year moratorium on new projects seeking General Plan amendments or zone or height-district changes that would result in more intense land use, an increase in density or height, or a loss of zoned open space, agricultural or industrial areas. The measure includes an exception for affordable housing projects, among other provisions. Measure S competes with Measure JJJ which was approved by voters in November.

This measure needs the majority of votes cast to pass.
** From the awesome folks at Ballotpedia**
In the case of competing measures that both receive majority approval, the law states that the measure that receives the most "yes" votes supersedes the other.

LAUSD School Board District 2 Candidate Forum

February 10, 6pm-7:30pm | Cal State L.A.

Local high school students will lead and moderate a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Candidate Forum for Board District 2 this Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre at California State University Los Angeles. More than 150 students are expected to attend the event organized by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, LA Youth Vote and Cal State L.A.’s Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs.

Learn more!


Council District 7 Candidate Forum

February 11, 11am-2pm

The Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council, North Hills East Neighborhood Council and the Pacoima Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with other community groups will be hosting a Los Angeles City Council Candidate Forum!

This is a chance to hear each of the candidates speak live, as well as a chance to ask questions in a meet-and-greet.

Learn more here.


Council District 1 Candidate Forum

February 16, 7pm

This Forum is co-sponsored by Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance, Arroyo Arts Collective, Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance, LAUSD, Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Echo Park Neighborhood Council, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, League of Women Voters - Los Angeles

Peek at the event page here!


Council District 11 Candidate Forum

February 16, 7pm-9pm

Join the open forum, debate, and Meet & Greet with the candidates for Council District 11. Council District 11 comprises: Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, West LA, Venice, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Westchester and LAX. 

Learn more.

Discussion with Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAUSD District 4 School Board Candidates

February 27, 6pm-8pm

Join in on a discussion on public education, and better understand the most important issues facing LAUSD. Dr. Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences will moderate the candidate forum and discussion.

Please RSVP to votelausd@gmail.com and see the event flier here.
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Craving more information?


We also found the KPCC Human Voter Guide and Voters Edge to be super helpful. Also check out VoteLAUSD.com, a community oriented forum specifically geared toward issues for LAUSD! We'll be back with more in-depth information about the measures and candidates in our next newsletter!
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Mark your calendar!

 
  • The Congressional District 34 Special Primary Election is on April 4, 2017. Not sure if this is your district? Confirm here.
  • Any race where no candidate earns a majority (50 percent plus one) of the primary votes cast will advance to a General Election on May 16, 2017.
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