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City of Los Alamitos
Measure Y - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


3,060 votes yes (50.9%)

2,946 votes no (49.1%)

4.2% of precincts reporting (264/6,270).

To ensure quality of life services by preserving 911 police response with local control; protect local businesses, maintain local jobs; prevent property crime; protect neighborhood/park police patrols, street maintenance, youth, senior programs, other essential services; protect long-term fiscal sustainability, shall the City of Los Alamitos measure establishing 1.5¢ sales tax providing approximately $4,100,000 annually until ended by voters be adopted, requiring independent audits, public spending disclosure, ensuring all funds stay in Los Alamitos?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

YES vote means


A “yes” vote on Measure Y will authorize the one and onehalf cent (1.5%) sales tax.

NO vote means


A “no” vote on Measure Y will not authorize the sales tax

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Impartial Anlysis

City of Los Alamitos

Measure Y

Measure Y, the “City of Los Alamitos Quality of Life, 911 Police Response, Business/Job Protection Measure” was placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of Los Alamitos. This Measure would authorize a one and one-half cent (1.5%) transactions and use tax (i.e., “sales tax”) within the City of Los Alamitos, which would add one and one-half cents to the cost of a $1.00 item purchased in the City. Sales taxes are not a tax on homes or properties. Sales taxes are applied to purchases (except for food purchased as groceries or prescription medication). Out of town shoppers visiting Los Alamitos would also share in the cost.

Measure Y is intended to prevent significant cuts to public safety and other general City services resulting from a projected structural budget deficit growing from $1.6 million in 2021-22 to over $3.4 million in 2027-28 and approximately $3.7 million by 2030. The City estimates that the proposed sales tax will generate an additional $4.1 million annually. The actual amounts will vary based on the level of retail sales completed.

This sales tax would be a general tax, meaning that revenues raised from the tax would go into the City’s general fund and may be used for general governmental purposes of the City, including emergency 911 police response, neighborhood/park police patrols, street and park maintenance, youth and senior recreation programs, and other city services. The City would not be required to use the revenues raised by the measure for any special purpose.

Revenue and expenditures from this sales tax would be included in the City’s annual independent audit, the report of which is available to the public. Financial information would also be disclosed in the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and other public documents.

Revenue and Taxation Code section 7285.9 authorizes the City to levy a local transactions and use/sales tax at a rate of one and one-half percent so long as the tax is approved by two-thirds of the City Council and by a majority of the voters voting in an election on that issue. If approved, the sales tax would become effective on April 1, 2021.

The tax would be paid in addition to current sales taxes and would be collected at the same time and in the same manner as existing sales taxes. By law, all revenues raised by the measure would belong to the City of Los Alamitos and could not be taken by, or shared with, the State or any other agency.

A “yes” vote on Measure Y will authorize the one and one-half cent (1.5%) sales tax.

A “no” vote on Measure Y will not authorize the sales tax.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of the measure or proposed ordinance. If you desire a copy of the measure or the ordinance, please call the City Clerk’s office at (562) 431-3538 ext. 220 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

s/Michael S. Daudt

City Attorney

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Argument in Favor of Measure Y

Protect Los Alamitos’ quality of life and police services - Vote YES on Y! Measure Y provides reliable, locally-controlled funding for our community’s priorities:

• Maintaining 911 Police Response, neighborhood patrols, crime prevention and investigation services

• Maintaining parks, facilities, and senior and youth programs

• Maintaining infrastructure: streets, storm drains, and sidewalks YES on Y Keeps Taxpayer Funds Local – by law, Sacramento cannot touch this money.

YES on Y Maintains Our Local Los Alamitos Police Department – Los Alamitos is one of the few small cities in Orange County with its own police department - guaranteeing proactive police patrols and one of the quickest 911 response times in Orange County.

YES on Y allows us to maintain our local police department with officers who know our community and make your safety their first and only priority.

YES on Y Keeps Los Alamitos A Special Place To Live – Los Alamitos has an outstanding quality of life. The City responded to a major drop in revenues by reforming employee pensions, reducing the workforce by more than 30%, reducing employee pay/benefits, delaying infrastructure maintenance, reorganizing departments, and cutting City services, including a reduction in police officers. Even with these significant cuts, the City continues to have a structural deficit. There is simply no more room to cut and keep our community a safe, clean place to live and work.

YES on Y protects our quality of life and keeps Los Alamitos the special community it is for businesses, residents and families.

YES on Y maintains programs attracting businesses/jobs. Measure Y is NOT a tax on your property and is not applied to prescription medication or food groceries. Out-of-towners share the cost.

Join your City Council members and fellow residents -- vote YES on Y to preserve Los Alamitos’ quality of life and public safety services.

s/ Richard Murphy



s/ Tanya Doby

Council Member


s/ Mark Chirco

Mayor Pro Tem


s/ Shelley Hasselbrink

Council Member

Arguments AGAINST

Argument Against Measure Y

Friends and neighbors have lost their jobs. Many business are closing forever, some are allowed to partially open and some are not allowed to open at all. Both people and businesses are dipping into their savings and taking out loans just to keep up with the rent and bills. A sales tax increase is not what Los Alamitos needs right now. Vote NO!

Now is the time to show compassion toward business, families, the unemployed and seniors on fixed income. Los Alamitos unemployment is now over 14% and nobody is certain what is going to happen with the economy. This is the worst time to discuss a tax increase. Vote NO!

Don’t be misled by the title of this measure. The tax is a general tax that goes into the general fund. It will not be earmarked for a specific purpose like they want you to believe. This city council and future city councils can use this money for whatever they want. Also, 911 medical and fire emergencies calls are paid for by other revenue sources. Are they going to hang up on you if you dial 911 for a police emergency? Vote NO!

Let’s not burden our great citizens and businesses in this time of need. We should use our reserves and give our people time to recuperate and bring the sales tax measure back in 2022.

Vote NO on the sales tax measure and support the people and businesses of our great city.

s/ Phil Silverthorn

Democratic Club of West Orange County VP

25 year Los Alamitos resident.

Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure Y


Replies to Arguments FOR

Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure Y

Where is Council Member Dean Grose’s support of the argument for this tax measure? Does he believe that inaccurate assumptions were in the argument put forward by the city? He voted to put the measure on the ballot but did not support the argument for. Wonder why? See Newsenterprise August 12 for details. VOTE NO!

VOTE NO! Increasing taxes without major spending reform is like signing up for more credit cards when you have a spending problem. We can save millions without raising taxes with these reforms:

Replace the OC Fire Authority. Placentia did this and is expected to save 28 million over ten years

Cap city employee salaries. Some are making over 200K

Eliminate lifetime pensions. Enroll city employees in social security, 401 K and IRA plans like the private sector.

VOTE NO! With spending reform we will eliminate the need for extra taxes and have even more money for 911, neighborhood patrols, crime prevention, parks, sidewalks streets, senior and youth programs.

VOTE NO! Sales tax increase creates higher prices and hurts locally owned retailers and restaurants. People will shop in Cypress and other cities.

VOTE NO! on the sales tax measure , support spending reform and support the people and business in our great city.


s/ Phil Silverthorn

Democratic Club of West Orange County VP

25 year Los Alamitos resident.

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure Y

The state of California has reduced Los Alamitos’ fair share of property tax and sales tax and pension liabilities have also increased due in part to the state’s investment choices. These actions by the state forced Los Alamitos to make drastic reductions in personnel, programs, and services that benefit residents and businesses. Although these cutbacks have helped balance our budget in the past, it is simply not enough and not sustainable. Without Measure Y, we will need to reduce police personnel and resources that have made us one of the safest cities and best communities in Orange County. With less personnel, 911 police response times will certainly get delayed. Without Measure Y, we will also likely need to reduce programs and services for our residents of all ages andreduce infrastructure maintenance.

State law prevents sales tax rates from going up more 2% above the state rate of 7.25%. Already, the County of Orange has taken .5% of this 2%.Without Measure Y, the remaining 1.5% will likely be commandeered tosome agency outside the city such as the State Fund, County of Orange, OCTA, or AQMD, all of which are also suffering from financial hardships. Supporting Measure Y will ensure that the 1.5% sales tax revenue willbe received and reinvested directly back into the City of Los Alamitos, preserving our quality of life, our safety, and our community.

Vote Yes on Measure Y to ensure that Los Alamitos remains a sustainable, safe, and thriving city for many generations to come.

s/ Shelley Hasselbrink



s/ Richard Murphy



s/ Mark Chirco

Mayor Pro Tem


s/ Dean Grose



s/ Tanya Doby


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