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.
| Measure H|
|Yes|| 4,428|| 23.85%|
- Final official results from the Los Angeles County elections office.
- 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."
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?"