LA County’s Measure H Leading, But It’s Close

Elections took place yesterday for Los Angeles County, and a lot of the results are in—but not all. The big countywide measure on the ballot is Measure H, a sales tax intended to combat homelessness.

As of writing this the measure is passing with 379,000 votes, or 67.4 percent of the vote. However, the measure needs to retain at least 2/3 of the vote meaning its passing by just .4 percent of votes. And vote-by-mail ballots have yet to be counted.

Measure H has the support of more than 300 government, labor, business, nonprofit, and religious groups and individuals, including the ACLU of Southern California, LA County DA Jackie Lacey, the LA Times, and about 20 cities that passed resolutions in support of the measure.

The quarter cent tax would last ten years and be used for a bevy issues affecting homelessness, including mental health, addiction, and affordable housing. The question as written on the ballot:

“Los Angeles County Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness. To fund mental health, substance abuse treatment, health care, education, job training, rental subsidies, emergency and affordable housing, transportation, outreach, prevention, and supportive services for homeless children, families, foster youth, veterans, battered women, seniors, disabled individuals, and other homeless adults; shall voters authorize Ordinance No. 2017-0001 to levy a ¼ cent sales tax for ten years, with independent annual audits and citizens’ oversight?”

We’ll keep you updated on how the measure fares as mail-in ballots get counted.


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