The county already isn't solving the big problems
County supervisors said their top priority was to fix homelessness. So they asked voters to give them hundreds of millions of dollars to solve it. The crisis has gotten worse. Now, county supervisors want to take 500 million dollars from essential services, like 9-1-1 emergency response and public health nurses to start up new racial equality programs.
Measure J makes a lot of political promises to help people in our neighborhoods who are struggling right now and to fix systemic racism. But the county’s Budget Manager testified under oath that no Measure J money would be spent until 2023 and Measure J was so vague, he didn’t know how money would be spent or what it would be spent on.
Measure J fails to solve systemic racism.
Measure J defunds the essential workers we count on to protect us
Measure J could have devastating consequences
We need to fix systemic racism, but shifting nearly $500,000,000.00 away from other essential services to pay for unspecified programs is not the way. Measure J could have devastating and far-reaching consequences for vital services like 9-1-1 emergency response, public health services, firefighting aircraft and other first responder vehicle maintenance.
County Supervisors aren’t telling the whole story about Measure J.
The County Supervisors already have the power to do everything they are proposing. Instead, they are shifting public money to private enterprise where there is no accountability or transparency requirements.
Four of the County Board of Supervisors rushed this measure to the ballot with no fiscal analysis and no details of how nearly a half a billion dollars of taxpayer dollars will be spent. The Los Angeles Times calls Measure J a “bad idea” and a “poor substitute for careful study, deliberation, and decision making”.
Measure J cuts essential services. Doesn’t fix systemic racism.