City of El Monte Soda Tax, Measure H (November 2012)

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A City of El Monte "Soda Tax" ballot measure was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in the City of El Monte in Los Angeles County, where it was defeated.

Measure C, which governs how the funds raised by Measure H would be spent (if Measure H is approved), was also on the ballot.

Election results

Measure H
Defeatedd No10,84576.78%
Yes 3,279 23.22%
These election results are not final. They are from the Los Angeles County elections office. Provisional, absentee and other ballots will be added to these results over the next 2-3 weeks. This page will be updated until the final results are known.


  • The editorial board of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune opposed Measure H, writing, "Is sugary soda pop a contributor to the alarming epidemic of obesity in our society? It is indeed. We take to heart those tut-tutting Metro bus-side ads asking, quite reasonably, if we would really choose to pour 10 packets of sugar into a glass - the equivalent of what is in a non-diet 'soft drink'. But cities shouldn't punitively tax those drinks, the way El Monte is proposing with Measure H on the Nov. 6 ballot. It's a wrongheaded approach that creates more problems than it solves. We urge residents to vote no."[1]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure H: "To offset state cuts and maintain police, fire, 9-1-1 emergency services, gang prevention, graffiti removal, youth after school/nutritional/fitness/health programs, senior services; pothole repair; and other general fund services shall an ordinance be adopted implementing a business license fee of one (1) cent per fluid ounce of sugar sweetened beverage served/ provided/traded by businesses in the City requiring annual audits and all funds used locally?"[2]

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  1. San Gabriel Valley Tribune, "Our View: No to soda tax in El Monte", October 17, 2012
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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