Crescent City Ban on Water Fluoridation, Measure A (November 2010)

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A Crescent City Ban on Water Fluoridation, Measure A was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in Crescent City in Del Norte County. Measure A was defeated.

If Measure A had been approved, it would have stopped the practice of adding fluoride to Crescent City’s water supply.[1]

Measure A was an initiated city ordinance. A group of residents who believed that fluoride adds toxins to the water collected the signatures to qualify Measure A for the ballot.[1]

About 14,000 people drank the fluoridated water that goes through Crescent City's water treatment program at the time of the defeat of Measure A. Crescent City had been fluoridating its water since about 1970.[2]

Two years after the defeat of Measure A, a different but related Measure A was approved by the city's voters. The 2012 measure had the impact of causing fluoride to be banned from the city's water supplies.[3][4]

Election results

Measure A
Defeatedd No48556.79%
Yes 369 43.21%
These final, certified, election results are from the Del Norte County election division.


Measure A supporters organized a campaign committee called the Del Norte Clean Water Coalition Yes on Measure A committee. They reported receiving and spending $1,544 through October 18.[2]

Eileen Cooper, Katherine Kelly, Connie Morrison and Donna Westfall were leaders in the pro-Measure A group.[2]


Local dentists opposed Measure A, saying that fluoride is key to reducing tooth decay.[1]

The California Dental Association contributed $12,592 through October 16 to "Crescent City Neighbors, Dentists and Physicians to Protect Our Children — No on Measure A," which urged a "no" vote on Measure A.[2]

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