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Special District

Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority Area 1
Measure GG - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

29,134 votes yes (83.68%)

5,681 votes no (16.32%)

100% of precincts reporting (59/59).

To maintain and conserve local open space, wildlife corridors, and parklands; acquire and protect additional lands from development; improve fire prevention including high fire alert patrols and brush clearing; protect water quality in local creeks; and increase park ranger safety patrols; shall mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority implement a $35 special tax for ten years only, providing $995,000 annually with all funds spent locally in the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills east of 405 freeway, and requiring independent citizen oversight audits?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure GG (“Measure”) would authorize the Governing Board

(“Board”) of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (“MRCA”),

which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 16-143, to impose a

special parcel tax (“Tax”) of $35per year, for ten years, on all developed parcels

within the community facilities district (“CFD”) located in a designated portion

of the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills, known as the East Santa

Monica Mountains/Hollywood Hills Area (“Area”), collectively known as

(“CFD Area”), as identified in the Measure.

Tax proceeds shall be used for the purposes of maintaining, improving, servicing,

protecting, and preserving open space, parkland, wildlife corridors, natural

habitats, lands, waters, and facilities owned or managed by MRCA within the

CFD Area; financing the acquisition of additional lands and protection of such

lands from development; providing park ranger safety and security patrols and

services, and fire prevention and fire protection services (“Services and

Facilities”); and paying administrative or incidental costs. The Services and

Facilities include, but are not limited to, the protection of water quality, the

reduction of the risk of wildfires, the improvement of park ranger safety and

security services, and the collection and accumulation of reserves.

Developed parcels subject to the Tax are parcels that appear on the annual

secured Los Angeles County property tax rolls, and that have been improved for

residential, commercial, or other purposes. Unimproved parcels within the CFD

Area shall be exempt from the Tax.

The Tax shall be collected annually through the Los Angeles County property tax

bill, in the same manner as property taxes are collected, and subject to the same

penalties. Tax proceeds shall be deposited into a separate account for the

exclusive use by MRCA, in accordance with Government Code section 50075.1

and shall be expended according to a plan developed annually by the MRCA’s

staff and adopted by the Board. The MRCA shall submit an annual report to the

Board showing the amount of funds collected and expended, and shall fully

comply with the accountability measures in Government Code section 50075 et

seq. The Board shall appoint an independent citizen’s oversight committee to

review and report annually on the expenditure of the Tax.

This Measure required a two-thirds (2/3) vote for passage.

 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Argument for Measure GG

Our East Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills communities are

fortunate to have extensive open space, wildlife corridors, parklands, scenic views

and trails around our homes. Most of this valuable open space and wildlife

habitat has been acquired and is maintained by Mountains Recreation and

Conservation Authority, which operates on a very limited budget.

Please vote Yes on Measure GG to:

-Ensure that our open spaces and wildlife corridors are preserved and 

maintained and additional open space is protected from development

-Keep our communities safe with year-round park ranger safety and security

patrols and

-Better protect our homes from devastating wildfires.

Measure GG will cost homeowners only about $3 per month and will be used to:

Provide improved fire prevention services, including crews to clear dry brush and

other fire hazards and new high fire alert patrols to better prevent devastating

wildfires.

Protect and maintain local neighborhood open space, parklands and wildlife

corridors, which reducetraffic and improves our property values.

Acquire additional open space, and prevent development on the most valuable

remaining open lands.

Provide year-round park ranger safety and security patrols to prevent crimes and

vandalism.

Keep pollution and trash out of local creeks and reservoirs and improve water

quality.

Protect and expand wildlife corridors that are necessary to ensure animals and

wildlife can survive.

The threat of fires is real, particularly with the severe drought. Measure GG will

reduce the risk of local wildfires.

Every penny raised by Measure GG will stay in our communities and cannot be

taken away by the State or used for other purposes.

A CitizensOversight Committee will conduct annual audits to ensure funds are

spent properly and only for the above-listed purposes in the hillside areas of East

Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills.

 

Please vote Yes on Measure GG

ALEX TREBEK

Host of Jeopardy!

ED BEGLEY JR.

Environmentalist

ALISON SIMARD

Chairperson, Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife

MARIAN DODGE

Chairman, Hillside Federation

ZEV YAROSLAVSKY

Los Angeles County Supervisor (Ret.)

 

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENTAGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

 

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

MOUNTAINS RECREATION AND CONSERVATION AUTHORITY SPECIAL 

TAX FOR FIRE PREVENTION, WILDLIFE CORRIDOR AND OPEN SPACE

PROTECTION

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (“MRCA”) is a local

park agency whose members include the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy,

the Conejo Recreation and Park District, and the Rancho Simi Recreation and

Park District, that is responsible for maintaining and improving open space,

parkland and wildlife corridors and for providing fire protection and safety and

security patrols within the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Zone. The

MRCA currently maintains over 1,600 acres of local open space, parkland and

wildlife corridors, in the Santa Monica Mountains west of Griffith Park and east

of Interstate 405(the “405 Freeway”),(the “East Santa Monica

Mountains/Hollywood Hills Area”or the “Area”).

Unlike most public agencies, the MRCA and Santa Monica Mountains

Conservancy do not receive permanent ongoing funding from local or state taxes.

A major challenge the MRCA currently faces is that its revenues have decreased

while costs to protect and maintain parks and open space have increased due to

population growth and the increased use of public open space and parklands.

Additional park maintenance and expanded park ranger safety and security

patrols are needed to handle the increased use of MRCAlands. Moreover, due

to the severe five-year drought, the fire risk and fire danger in the East Santa

Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills Area is significantly higher. The MRCA

desires to expand and improve fire safety patrols, including high fire alert patrols,

and fire prevention services such as extensive brush clearing on MRCA lands to

reduce and eliminate fire hazards.

The Santa Monica Mountains are home to many different plant and animal

species. As human populations grow, it is critical that the wildlife corridors

between the 405 Freeway and Griffith Park are permanently protected. These

wildlife corridors are necessary to ensure mountain lions, deer and other

remaining large animals can survive in the Area. The MRCA is the only public

agency that actively acquires and maintains open space and conservation

easements for wildlife corridors in this Area. The MRCA also acquires and

protects remaining open space lands from development in the Area.

Therefore, in order to continue to preserve and maintain extensive open space,

parkland, wildlife corridors, natural habitats, lands, waters, and related facilities;

and to protect water quality and provide park ranger safety and security patrols

and improve fire protection and prevention services including brush clearing, the

MRCA is proposing a local special tax within a community facilities

 

district located in a designated portion of the Santa Monica Mountains and

Hollywood Hills located west of Griffith Park and east of Interstate 405, as

shown on the map accompanying this proposition (the “East Santa Monica

Mountains/Hollywood Hills Area”).

The summary of the proposed ballot proposition is:

To maintain and conserve local open space, wildlife corridors, and parklands;

acquire and protect additional lands from development; improve fire prevention

including high fire alert patrols and brush clearing; protect water quality in local

creeks; and increase park ranger safety patrols; shall Mountains Recreation and

Conservation Authority implement a $35 special tax for ten years only, providing

$995,000 annually with all funds spent locally in the Santa Monica Mountains

and Hollywood Hills east of 405 freeway, and requiring independent citizen

oversight audits?

Developed parcels subject to the special tax are those parcels that appear on the

annual secured Los Angeles County property tax rolls, and that have been

improved for residential, commercial or other purposes. Unimproved parcels

within the East Santa Monica Mountains /Hollywood Hills Area shall be exempt

from the special tax.

If approved by the voters, the special tax will be used for the purposes of

maintaining, improving, servicing, protecting, and preserving open space,

parkland, wildlife corridors, natural habitats, lands, waters, and facilities owned

or managed by the MRCA within the East Santa Monica Mountains/Hollywood

Hills Area; for financing the acquisition of additional lands and protection of

such lands from development in the East Santa Monica Mountains/Hollywood

Hills Area; park ranger safety and security patrols and services; and fire

prevention and fire protection services (“Services and Facilities”); and paying

any administrative or incidental expenses thereto, including any costs related to

the collection or use of the special tax. The Services and Facilities include, but

are not limited to,the protection of water quality, the reduction of the risk of

wildfires, park ranger safety and security services, and the collection and

accumulation of reserves for the aforementioned purposes.

The special tax revenues shall be deposited into a separate account for exclusive

use by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, in accordance

with Government Code Section 50075.1,and shall be expended by the MRCA

according to a plan developed annually by the MRCA’s staff and approved and

adopted by the MRCA’s Board of Directors. A citizens’ oversight committee

appointed by the Board will review and report annually on the expenditure of the

special tax revenues.

The MRCA will submit an annual report to its Board of Directors, which

includes the amount of special tax revenues collected and expended, and fully

complies with the accountability measures established in Government Code

Sections 50075 et seq.

 

 

 

 

 

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