by Cynthia Hart
At our September 9, 2020, meeting, we will hear about Los Angeles County Measure J: Re-imagine LA. It will ask this question:
“Shall the measure, annually allocating in the County’s budget no less than ten percent (10%) of the County’s locally generated unrestricted revenues in the general fund to address the disproportionate impact of racial injustice through community investment and alternatives to incarceration and prohibiting using those funds for carceral systems and law enforcement agencies as detailed in the ordinance adopting the proposed charter amendment, be adopted? “
It is an amendment to the County Charter, and the required allocation amount could only be reduced in a declared “fiscal emergency” with a 4 to 1 vote of the Supervisors.
To see why community activists are saying Yes on J click here: https://yesonj.reimagine.la/
To read the Los Angeles Times story on Measure J click here: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-04/l-a-county-will-vote-on-whether-to-reimagine-government-spending
Here is the link to the Ballotpedia writeup: https://ballotpedia.org/Los_Angeles_County,_California,_Budget_Allocation_for_Alternatives_to_Incarceration_Charter_Amendment_(November_2020)