You can tell me “it’s for the kids” all day long and if it’s a tax, I’m voting no on it.  I’m not that gullible.  We’re taxed enough.  Local politicians need to figure out the city’s budget crisis without the inclusion of anymore of my dollars.

Yes on Measure G

Because police and firefighters have to play their part too

Measure G is a first step toward dealing with the city’s long term health goals by lowering retirement benefits of police officers and firefighters hired after July 1, and requiring them to pay more into the system. Everyone has to play their part in helping to maintain Los Angeles’ services for future generations.  We feel that the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments have an obligation to do their part and this is a good start.  A second would be for the L.A.P.D. to elect a black to their union board—we think it’s long overdue.  It might not help the city’s budget, but still, it’s long overdue.

No on Measure H

Campaign Finance

We all know that campaign money can and does corrupt government. It makes hustler out of politicians and those with money an automatic invite into city hall.  Is it fair no?  However, I am not convinced that Measure H will fix that problem.  We need more transparency and not money seeping through invisible loopholes into the pockets of politicians.

It’s a good try but not one that I support.

Yes on Measures I and J

Because if anyone needs more transparency and oversight it’s the DWP

We did not appreciate the gangster like move that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power pulled last spring when it refused to give the city $73 million unless the council approved its rate hike.  We also don’t like feeling like hostage in a bad version of the game of Monopoly with the DPW who knows that we all need water and electricity flowing into our homes and therefore will pay whatever ransom—we mean rate hike they request.  We especially detest knowing that the additional money that’s being paid as a result of the rate hikes is paying the salaries of union members who dues are then filtered back into the community to work against the best interest of blacks and to elect a more union friendly councilmember.

At some point enough is enough and Measures I and J are a good start.

Measure J adds a condition to the City Charter that requires the DWP to coordinate its budgeting process with the city’s, a little checks and balances.  If passed, the DWP would have to submit an initial budget to the City Council by March 31 for its coming fiscal year, which starts July 1 and make it harder for the DWP to pull a move like it did last Spring when it refused to transfer money to the city’s general fund unless it got approval on rate hikes.

Measure I creates a position of “ratepayer advocate,” an office to monitor the DWP’s accounts. While we support Measure I, we want to ensure that all of Los Angeles has an opportunity to provide input on the selection of the advocate.  In addition to possessing the expertise in utility operations needed, anyone selected needs to also have at heart the ire of a city of residents who are on the verge of investing in candles and limiting the number of showers they take each week because they simply cannot afford the cost of power and water.

Yes on Measure L

More funding for libraries

Measure L mandates that more money is spent on the Los Angeles Public Library system without raising taxes by amending the charter to raise the amount of revenue dedicated to the library over four years.  Measure L gradually increases the current $76 million a year to about $130 million.

While we are not a fan of robbing Peter to pay Paul—because the additional funding has got to come from somewhere—we support Measure L.  The bottom line is that more funding for libraries means more libraries open for our children to go to after school, more opportunities to introduce books to readers of all ages, and more computer and Internet access to those who can’t afford to have it at home—especially for a city with thousands unemployed who need to get online and look for and apply to jobs.

No on Measure M

This is a proposed tax on marijuana collectives. We’re taxed enough.

Yes on Measure N

This measure removes three charter provisions deemed by the Supreme Court to be unconstitutional and unenforceable, thereby cutting down on unnecessary litigation costs.

No on Measure O

This measures creates an oil excise tax of $1.44 for each barrel of oil extracted from within the city of Los Angeles which will bring in $4 million dollars annually to the City’s General Fund which is used to pay for police, fire, street services, parks, libraries and other general purposes.  We’re taxed enough.

No on Measure P

This measure establishes a 2.75 percent Emergency Reserve Fund to be used in instances of natural disasters or other unanticipated emergencies. Also, creates a “rainy day” account where the city can bank funds in good times to prepare for bad times, ensures a strong bond rating so that the city can get the best interest rate and protect the taxpayers’ money.

Once city officials prove they can manage the budget, then maybe I’ll think about it.

Yes on Measure Q

This measure would reduce administrative costs related to the examination and appointment of city employees.