Long Beach Harbor Department and Oil Properties, Measure D (November 2010)

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A Long Beach Harbor Department and Oil Properties, Measure D ballot proposition was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the City of Long Beach in Los Angeles County.[1] It was approved.[2]

Measure D changed the Long Beach City Charter with regard to how the city government and the Long Beach Harbor Department interact. The Long Beach Harbor Department managed the Port of Long Beach.

Proposition D:

  • Changed the formula used to calculate how much port profit the city can request each year. Currently, the annual transfer of profits from the port to the city is 10% of the port's annual profits. Under Proposition D, it would instead be 5% of the port's gross earnings. 5% of gross earnings was expected to be several million dollars more each year than 10% of annual profits.
  • Removed control over oil properties in the Port of Long Beach from the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, giving the authority instead to the Long Beach City Council.[3]

Election results

Measure D
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 49,993 55.58%
No39,94744.42%
These final, certified results are from the Smartvoter.org, California, Los Angeles County elections information.

Support

Measure D was supported by Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Third District Councilman Gary DeLong, who signed the official ballot argument in its favor, along with city auditor Laura Doud. Foster and DeLong said that Measure D would allow the city to secure long-term funding for public events and facilities at the city's beaches and marinas.[4]

According to DeLong, "Without these funds, we would have fewer lifeguards on our beaches, no (junior) lifeguard program, the beach restrooms would not be in the process of being updated, and the city would not have been able to invest in grates on our storm drains to prevent debris from ending up on our beaches and improve our environment."[4]

Opposition

The Partnership for California Trade opposed to Measure D and sent out flyers to voters called "A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing." The Partnership for California Trade is based in San Francisco and is "funded by international shippers, terminal operators and trade firms."[4]

Polls

See also: Polls, 2010 ballot measures
Date of Poll Pollster Support Oppose Undecided Number polled
October 6-7, 2010 Probolsky Research/Long Beach Post 27.7% 36.6% 35.7% 325

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