A Local Take on the March 8th Ballot

By Erik Derr, Mid-City Press Contributor

Of all the measures facing voters in the March 8th election, discount all are important, viagra dosage but a couple ring especially true locally:

City Charter Amendment L would increase the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) a guaranteed share of the city’s assessed property values from .0175 percent to .0300 percent.

Voting yes on L would guarantee the LAPL an increase of the city’s assessed property values from .0175 percent to .0300 percent. The added funding would be a reallocation of money from the general fund and not a new tax. A yes vote would also require the library to pay for all costs to support its programs and operations, beginning July 1, 2014.

If measure L passes, “it will mean being able to do more outreach, doing more youth programs, visiting schools weekly instead of just the two or three days a month [like] I’m doing now,” said Erica Caswell, youth librarian for the Washington Irving branch in Mid-City. “It will mean I can better serve the youth and community.”

City Proposition O would establish a $1.44 per-barrel tax on crude oil extracted in the City of Los Angeles to be paid by oil producing businesses. The tax rate would be adjusted up or down yearly according to changes in the consumer price index. The resulting tax revenue would be used to fund general city services.

City Council members Bernard Parks; Paul Koretz and Jan Perry, council president pro tem, favor Proposition O, saying it would give residents a fair share of oil profits earned in their city, generating an estimated $4 million annually to support city services.

Lou Collier, administrative director of L.A.’s Black Business Association, said his group is against the proposition because taxes on businesses in today’s economy should be eased, not increased, he said. Additionally, he said, as the proposition is worded, it’s unclear how the added revenue will be used or if any of it will be applied towards the city services.

“It’s not guaranteed the money raised will go to essential services,” Collier asserted. “The money could be spent on anything.”

City Proposition M would establish a city business tax rate for non-profit medical marijuana collectives, or cooperatives, of $50 per $1,000 in gross receipts. The resulting revenue would be used to fund general city services.

City Councilmembers Janice Hahn, from District 15, and Paul Koretz, from District 5, along with Pat McOsker, president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles, are lead backers of the measure, which they argue will protect and preserve the city’s most vital services, bringing up to $10 million in new city revenue every year.

Councilmember Bernard Parks, from District 8, joins L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca in arguing against Measure M.  Parks says voters should not support the measure because collecting taxes on marijuana use is inconsistent with federal law, not to mention current state law, which considers pot an illegal narcotic, and will likely open up the city to costly lawsuits.

“I do not support marijuana clinics. No I do not support Measure M,” Parks recently announced to the Southern California chapter of Americans for Democratic Action.

A dissenting voice came from the manager of Canto Diem Hollywood Medical Marijuana Collective, who only identified himself as “Paul.”

“It’s a ‘poor tax,’” said Paul, indicating his collective’s members “already pay 9.75 percent in taxes and in the future, if it goes up another five percent, they’ll be paying 14.75 percent tax on every purchase.”

“Paul” said Measure M picks on [medical] marijuana users, many of whose are fighting just to have a normal life, he said.

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