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Santa Monica Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority parcel tax, Measure HH (November 2012)

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A Santa Monica Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority parcel tax, Measure HH ballot question was on the November 6, 2012 ballot for voters in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority District in Los Angeles County, where it was approved.

Measure HH levied a parcel tax of $24/year for ten years.

The area that tax will apply to is the hillside areas west of Griffith Park and east of the 405 Freeway, including the Hollywood Hills.[1]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was needed for approval.

Election results

Measure HH
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 26,746 76.18%
No8,36523.82%
Final official results from the Los Angeles County elections office.

Support

Measure HH was endorsed by:

  • The Los Angeles Daily News. They said, "Residents who enjoy the open spaces and wildlife corridors surrounding 60,000 parcels of land in the two areas clearly benefit from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority's efforts to acquire and protect open land from development, and provide brush clearance, trash pick-up and signage, as well as fire and ranger patrols."[1]
  • The Federation of Hillsides and Canyons Homeowners, Inc
  • Bob Blumenfield
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz
  • The Studio City Residents Association
  • Richard Close, president of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association
  • The Laurel-Mulholland Open Space Project
  • The Oak Forest Canyon Homeowners Association
  • The Argyle Civic Association
  • The Mount Olympus Property Owners Association

Opposition

Doug McIntyre opposed Measure HH. He wrote, "The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority [is] a rogue agency created out of thin air by [Joe] Edmiston as the shakedown arm of the SMMC [Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy]. With stealth elections, stop sign cameras sending tickets to thousands, zero accountability and politicians with parks bearing their names in his hip pocket, it's up to We the People to reject this newest power grab by Mubarak of the Mountains."[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

"To protect, maintain and conserve local open space, parklands and wildlife corridors; protect water quality in local creeks and reservoirs; improve fire prevention including brush clearing; acquire open space, and increase park ranger safety security patrols, shall the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority implement a special $24 tax annually for ten years only, with all funds spent locally in the Santa Monica Mountains east of the 405 freeway, and require independent citizen oversight and audits?"[3]

See also

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