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Hermosa Beach Business License Tax Simplification, Measure N (November 2011)

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The Lynwood Slim Cafe Boogaloo in Hermosa Beach, if it stays open after midnight more than 3 nights, will pay a higher business tax under Measure N
A Hermosa Beach Business License Tax Simplification, Measure N ballot proposition was on the November 8, 2011 ballot for voters in the City of Hermosa Beach in Los Angeles County, where it was approved.

Measure N competed with Measure Q on the November 8, 2011 ballot.[1]

Measure N replaces the city's current business license tax plan, which has been in effect since 1988. The changes that will go into effect because of Measure N's approval are:

  • The categories of businesses subject to paying the tax will be reorganized.
  • The tax on some businesses will be increased while some businesses will pay a lower tax under Measure N.
  • Any alcohol-serving establishment that stays open past midnight for more than three nights will see its tax go up under Measure N.
  • A new business will not have to pay the tax during its first year of operation. Bars and restaurants that stay open after midnight will, however, have to pay the business tax even during their first year of operation.[1]

With the approval of Measure N, Hermosa Beach is expected to take in about $200,000 more each year from the business tax than it currently does. In 2009-2010, the business tax resulted in revenue to the city of about $863,000.[1]

Election results

Measure N
Approveda Yes 1,703 61.28%
Election results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure N: "Shall an ordinance be adopted as recommended by the Business License Tax Review Committee, comprised of residents and business owners, and a unanimous City Council to simplify, update and restructure the City's business license tax Ordinance and offer incentives for new businesses?"[2]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Daily Breeze, "Hermosa Beach grapples with competing business tax ballot measures," November 4, 2011
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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