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City of West Covina
Measure H - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

22,756 votes yes (68.56%)

10,433 votes no (31.44%)

100% of precincts reporting (58/58).

Shall the City of West Covina abandon Sunset Field as a public park, to allow the land to be sold to Queen of the Valley Hospital to expand the hospital's emergency room and provide additional critical medical services, with millions of dollars in sale revenues to be placed into the City's New Park Acquisition Fund and used only to acquire and improve new parkland in the City?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

This measure seeks voter approval for the City of West Covina to cease using

Sunset Field as a public park and sports field. The measure was placed on the

ballot pursuant to Ordinance 2297, by the City Council of the City of West

Covina. The Council determined that Sunset Field is underutilized when

compared to other sports facilities in the City, largely because of its location.

Because the field is adjacent to and only accessible through Queen of the

Valley’s parking lot, the Hospital wishes to purchase the property to expand the

hospital’s emergency room and other critical medical services. The property

cannot be sold to the Hospital until voters approve the ballot measure and full

environmental analysis has been completed.

The measure would permit the City to cease using and abandon Sunset Field as a

public park and sports field. The measure provides that the purpose of such

cessation is to allow the land to be sold to Queen of the Valley Hospital to

expand the hospital’s emergency room and provide additional critical medical

services. Therefore, if the measure is approved, no other use may be made of the

property. The property would be sold to the Hospital for its fair market value.

All of the sales proceeds from sale of Sunset Field to the Hospital must be placed

into the City’s New Park Acquisition Fund. These funds may be used only to

acquire and develop new parkland in the City of West Covina. The funds cannot

be used to fund operations or on existing parkland.

A “yes” vote on this measure would allow the City to stop using Sunset Field for

sports fields and allow the sale of the property to Queen of the Valley Hospital

at fair market value, with the sales proceeds restricted to purchasing and

developing new parks in the City of West Covina.

A “no” vote on this measure would preclude the City from ceasing to use the

property for sports and park purposes and would prevent sale of the property to

Queen of the Valley Hospital for expansion of its emergency and critical medical

services.

Dated: August 19, 2016

KIMBERLY HALL BARLOW

City Attorney

 

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure H. If you desire a copy

of the Measure or of Ordinance 2297, please call the City Clerk’s office at

 (626) 939-8433, and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Election Code § 9282(d)“Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed

laws are the opinions of the authors.”

VOTE YES ON MEASURE H TO EXPAND MEDICAL SERVICES AND ADD

NEW PARKS!

Measure H allows the City of West Covina to sell underused property at Sunset

Field to Queen of the Valley Hospital to expand the hospital and upgrade critical

medical services. Nearly $4 million dollars of sale proceeds will be placed in a

New Park Acquisition Fund which can ONLY be used to buy and improve new

park land.

MEASURE H WILL EXPAND MEDICAL SERVICES!

Queen of the Valley Hospital is a nonprofit hospital that has served West Covina

residents for over 50 years. Queen of the Valley Hospital must expand to meet

the growing healthcare needs of our community. It will expand its emergency

room and other critical medical services to serve West Covina.

MEASURE H WILL IMPROVE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES!

Sunset Field is a remote location with limited public access. Measure H will

create new park land that all residents can use without raising taxes.

MEASURE H WILL CREATE NEW GOOD PAYING JOBS!

Queen of the Valley Hospital is the largest employer in our City. Expanding its

operations will greatly benefit our local economy. Queen of the Valley Hospital

will invest more than $20 million into this expansion.

VOTE YES ON MEASURE H!

The entire West Covina City Council supports Measure H. Join community

groups, sports organizations, seniors and families in voting yes on Measure H.

Measure H saves lives by increasing emergency medical services. Measure H

creates new jobs. Measure H increases parkland.

JAMES TOMA

Mayor

COREY WARSHAW

Mayor Pro-Tem

LLOYD JOHNSON

Councilman

MIKE SPENCE

Councilman

TONY WU

Councilman

 

 

 

 

Arguments AGAINST

Election Code §9282(d)“Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed

laws are the opinions of the authors.”

Vote NO on Measure “H”! Don’t sell a Park until they actually have land to

replace the Park in writing!

Measure H” is doing things the wrong way and our NO vote will let us begin to

strongly safeguard every last few acre of dedicated park land in the City of West

Covina.

Measure H” is another campaign promise that if we vote to sell Sunset Field

Baseball Park to the Citrus Valley Health Partners the City will replace Sunset

Field with more parks and save lives.

We should have trust in our City officials; however, the lessons from history are

that you must always verify the promise, especially where politics and money is

involved.

Orangewood Park (Sunset Fields) is at 1615 W. Merced Avenue, West Covina,

CA 91790; now, ask what is the address for the new park land?

The Citrus Valley Health Partners know the value of their land and the land they

want to buy. Now, they are campaigning to make us think that voting to sell

another park without the simultaneous replacement Land documented is good

for us.

Keeping the remaining dedicated park space is best because it contributes

mightily to the health and wealth of our City and helps to maintain and increase

the value of our individual properties.

It’s much easier for our Officials to deface and sell parks than find suitable land,

buy the land and build parks. West Covina has less than 200 acres of Park Land,

over 110,000 residents, within 16.09 square miles.West Covina is already Park

Poor!

The few Parks that our forefathers left must be retained, maintained and

dutifully passed forward.

Vote NO on Measure H” for future generations that will need our parks to help

them live, thrive, work and enjoy life in the City of West Covina.

Thank you.

FREDRICK SYKES

Former Mayor, City of West Covina

 

 

Replies to Arguments FOR

Vote No on Measure H!

This deal between the City of West Covina and Citrus Valley Health Partners is

costing the Tax Payers $1,000,000 plus the $90,000 for a Special Municipal

Election to tempt us to vote against ourselves!

Sunset Field Baseball Park is 2.85 acres, valued at $4.9 Million. Unwisely and

inappropriately it (parkland) is being sold for $3.9 Million. Once again,

West Covina City Officials are violating California Government Code

Sections 54220-54232 on disposing surplus land.

West Covina City Officials have a long history of selling and never replacing

Open Green Spaces, Dedicated Parklands, City Hall Property and Promised

School Sites; sometimes, when residents begged them not to sell!

So, a few years ago residents took the City to court and won. That cost the City

$1,000,000! Other effects of that court case were new City Councilmembers and

Municipal Code for residents to vote on the disposal of Parkland/Open Green

Spaces.

California State Laws and West Covina Municipal Code on selling Open Green

Spaces are designed to halt the decline of areas for recreation. The research,The

Los Angeles Countywide Comprehensive Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment

and the City of West Covina General Plan Update has shown that if you do not

have a park within a safe and leisure 10 minute walk from where you live you

have a problem. It’s logical that living near a Park facilitates exercise. Keeping

Dedicated Parks and building them where needed benefits the entire City

whether you are energetic, playing organized sports or fighting arthritis and

hypertension.

Save our very valuable parkland and $1,000,000. Vote No on Measure H!

Thank you.

FREDRICK SYKES

Former Mayor, City of West Covina

 

 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

A vote for Measure H is a vote for a stronger, healthier and more prosperous

West Covinawithout raising taxes.

Opponents falsely claim that Measure H will result in fewer parks, but the exact

opposite is true!

Measure H allows West Covina to sell underused property at Sunset Field, which

is not part of Orangewood Park, to Queen of the Valley Hospital for expansion

and upgrades to emergency medical services.

All of the money generated from the salenearly $4 millionMUST go toward

buying and improving new park land.

A broad coalition of West Covina leaders support Measure H because it will

improve local parks, enhance local health services and create local jobs.

Voting Yes on Measure H will provide funding to ensure that future generations

in West Covina will enjoy beautiful, improved parkland.

Voting Yes on Measure H will allow our local hospital to improve the quality of

health care in our community, ensuring it can meet the changing health needs of

West Covina now and in the future.

Voting Yes on Measure H will also create new economic opportunities by

allowing our community hospital to make a $20 million investment In West

Covina, supporting more than one hundred good-paying construction jobs for

several years and creating dozens of new, permanent jobs in our community.

Even opponents recognize the importance of ensuring the continued health and

prosperity of West Covinawhich is exactly what voting Yes on Measure H will

do.

Vote Yes on Measure H!

KEVIN STREETER

Chief Nursing Executive

ROBERT DUNCAN

Vice Chair Board of Directors

ROBERT H. CURRY

President/CEO

 

 

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

 

The People of the City of West Covina do ordain as follows:

The City of West Covina shall cease usinand abandon Sunset Field,

APN8468-016-910, West Covina, California, as a public park and sports field, to

allow the land to be sold to Queen of the Valley Hospital to expand the

hospital’s emergency room and provide additional critical medical services. All of

the sales proceeds from sale of Sunset Field shall be placed into the City’s New

Park Acquisition Fund. These funds may be used only to acquire and develop

new parkland in the City of West Covina.

PROPOSED ORDINANCE OF MEASURE H

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WEST

COVINA, CALIFORNIA, CALLING FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION ON

WHETHER TO DISCONTINUE USE OF SUNSET FIELD AS A PUBLIC

PARK

WHEREAS, the City of West Covina (“City”) owns a parcel of property within

the southwesterly quadrant of Sunset Avenue and Cameron Avenue, adjacent to

the Walnut Creek flood control channel, more particularly described in

Exhibit A to this Ordinance, (the “Park Parcel”);

WHEREAS, the City owns an easement to allow park parking, which easement

is more particularly described on Exhibit B to this Ordinance (the “Parking

Easement”);

WHEREAS, the City owns easements over two parcels to allow access to and

from Sunset Field, and which easements are more particularly described on

Exhibit C to this ordinance (the “Access Easements”) (the Park Parcel, the

Parking Easement and the Access Easements are collectively referred to in this

Ordinance as “Sunset Field”);

WHEREAS, Sunset Field currently contains two baseball fields and related

facilities;

WHEREAS, Sunset Field is underutilized when compared to other sports

facilities in the City, largely because of its location;

WHEREAS, if the City were to sell Sunset Field, the City Council has

determined that it shall place such sale proceeds into the City’s New Park

Acquisition Fund, and use such funds to acquire and improve park land that

would be utilized more;

WHEREAS, the City Council desires to follow the procedures of Article 2 of

Chapter 9 of Part 2 of Division 3 of Title 4 of the California Government Code

(Sections 38440-38462, “Article 2”), to allow for the eventual sale of Sunset

Field, with the placement of the proceeds of any such sale into the City’s New

Park Acquisition Fund;

WHEREAS, the City Council reaffirms its intent to place all proceeds of any

sale of Sunset Field into the City’s New Park Acquisition Fund;

WHEREAS, funds within the New Park Acquisition Fund may only be used to

acquire or develop park lands, and not for operating expenses;

WHEREAS, the City did not pay for Sunset Field from funds obtained from a

special assessment, bond, or any federal or state grant, nor was the land acquired

via dedication pursuant to the Subdivision Map Act;

 

WHEREAS, if the electorate votes to abandon Sunset Field as parkland, the

City Council intends to sell Sunset Field for fair market value to Queen of the

Valley Hospital for expansion of the hospital’s facilities, provided such a sale

would serve the public interest;

WHEREAS, on April 19, 2016, the City Council adopted a Resolution 2016-34

to declare that the public interest or convenience requires the discontinuance of

Sunset Field as a public park/sports field and the intent to call a special election

to submit the question of discontinuance to the city electors;

WHEREAS, the City has provided all notice legally required to allow the City

Council to vote on this Ordinance;

WHEREAS, the City Council conducted a noticed public hearing consistent with

the requirements of Government Code 38440 et seq., has heard and passed upon

all protests received at or before the hearing; and 

WHEREAS, the City Council conducted a noticed public hearing consistent with

the requirements of Government Code 38440 et seq. No written protests were

received at or before the hearing; and

NOW THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WEST

COVINA ORDAINS AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. Recitals. The recitals stated above are correct.

SECTION 2. Calling Election.That pursuant to the requirements of the laws

of the State of California relating to General Law Cities,there is called and

ordered to be held in the City of West Covina, California, on Tuesday,

November 8, 2016, a Special Municipal Election for the purpose of submitting

the following question to the Electorate of the City of West Covina:

“Shall the City of West Covina abandon Sunset Field as a

public park, to allow the land to be sold to Queen of the

Valley Hospital to expand the hospital’s emergency room

and provide additional critical medical services, with

millions of dollars in sale revenues to be placed into the

City’s New Park Acquisition Fund and used only to acquire 

and improve new parkland in the City?”

YES

___________

 

NO

 

 

 

SECTION 3.That the text of the complete measure is attached as Exhibit D.

SECTION 4.That the ballots to be used at the election shall be in form and

content as required by law.

SECTION 5.That the City Clerk is authorized, instructed and directed to

coordinate with the County of Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to

procure and furnish any and all official ballots, notices, printed matter and all

supplies, equipment and paraphernalia that may be necessary in order to

properly and lawfully conduct the election.

SECTION 6. That the polls for the election shall be open at seven o’clock

a.m. of the day of the election and shall remain open continuously from that time

until eight o’clock p.m. of the same day when the polls shall be closed, pursuant

to Election Code § 10242, except as provided in § 14401 of the Elections Code of

the State of California.

SECTION 7. That in all particulars not recited in this resolution, the election

shall be held and conducted as provided by law for holding municipal elections.

SECTION 8.That notice of the time and place of holding the election is

given and the City Clerk is authorized, instructed and directed to give further or

additional notice of the election, in time, form and manner as required by law.

SECTION 9.Direction to Staff.The City Council directs as follows:

a. The City Clerk shall certify as to the adoption of this ordinance and shall

cause the summary thereof to be published within fifteen calendar (15) days of

the adoption and shall post a certified copy of this ordinance, including the vote

for and against the same, in the office of the City Clerk in accordance with

Government Code section 36933

b.City staff is directed and authorized to take all prudent actions to effect

the purposes of this ordinance.

SECTION 10.The actions provided for herein and the associated election

resolutions are categorically exempt from CEQA analysis under CEQA

Guidelines section 15061(b)(3) because the activity does not authorize any

physical change in the environment.

SECTION 11.Consistent with Government Code 36937(a), as an ordinance

relating to an election, this ordinance shall become effective immediately upon

adoption.

EXHIBIT A

LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PARCEL COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS

SUNSET FIELD

Parcel 3 of Parcel Map 12870, per map recorded in Book 122, Pages 68 and 69 of

Parcel Maps on file in the office of the County Recorder of said County.

Parcel Number 8468-016-910

EXHIBIT B

LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PARKING EASEMENT

(Easement recorded via document 98-4313989 on March 17, 1998 in the

Los Angeles County Recorder’s office)

AN EASEMENT FOR PARKING PURPOSES OVER THE FOLLOWING

DESCRIBED REAL PROPERTY IN THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES:

THAT PORTION OF PARCEL 2 OF PARCEL MAP NO. 17372, IN THE

CITY OF WEST COVINA COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF

CALIFORNIA PER BOOK 184 PAGES 39 AND 40 OF PARCEL MAPS ON

FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID

COUNTY; LYING NORTHEASTERLY OF THE NORTHWESTERLY

LINE OF PARCEL 3 OF SAID PARCEL MAP.

EXHIBIT C

LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ACCESS EASEMENTS

(Easement recorded via document 98-431399 on March 17, 1998 in the

Los Angeles County Recorder’s office)

AN EASEMENT FOR ACCESS PURPOSES OVER THE FOLLOWING

DESCRIBED REAL PROPERTY IN THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES,

STATE OF CALIFORNIA:

THOSE PORTIONS OF LOT 129 OF E.D. BALDWIN’S FOURTH

SUBDIVISION PER MAP BOOK 8 PAGE 186 OF MAPS AND PARCEL 1

OF PARCEL MAP NO. 1327 AND PARCELS 2, 3, AND 4 OF PARCEL MAP

NO. 17372 IN THE CITY OF WEST COVINA, COUNTY OF LOS 

ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA PER BOOK 21 PAGE 12 AND BOOK

184 PAGES 39 AND 40, RESPECTIVELY, OF PARCEL MAPS ON FILE IN

THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY;

DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:

 

PARCEL 1.

A STRIP OF LAND 30.00 FEET WIDE, THE CENTERLINE BEING

DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE MOST SOUTHERLY

CORNER OF SAID PARCEL 1; THENCE NORTH 41°-25’-00” EAST,

ALONG THE SOUTHEASTERLY LINE OF SAID PARCEL 1, AND ITS

NORTHEASTERLY PROLONGATION, 1,294.23 FEET TO THE MOST

NORTHERLY CORNER OF SAID PARCEL 3.

PARCEL 2.

A STRIP OF LAND 100.00 FEET WIDE, THE NORTHERLY LINE BEING

DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE MOST NORTHERLY

CORNER OF SAID PARCEL 3; THENCE NORTH 48°-34’-54” W. ALONG

THE NORTHWESTERLY PROLONGATION OF THE NORTHEASTERLY

LINE OF SAID PARCEL 3, A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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