Ballot Argument in support of Measure A

Here are the facts about Measure A − the Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks, Open Space, Local Beaches, Rivers, and Water Conservation Protection Measure:

− Measure A provides necessary safety repairs and upgrades for parks, beaches and recreational areas in every section of Los Angeles County to keep our kids, seniors and all residents safe. The ongoing lack of funding for parks has meant staff are unable to upgrade outdated and unsafe playground equipment, recreation centers, senior centers, drinking fountains and restrooms, which are suffering from termite damage, mold, leaky roofs, decaying walls, poor drainage, unsafe lighting, and often lack accessibility for the disabled. Measure A will replace expiring local funding for safe, clean neighborhood parks.

− Measure A provides safe places to play and participate in after-school programs in neighborhood parks — which receive over 41 million visits by kids each year.

− Measure A helps protect undeveloped natural areas so future generations can enjoy them. Most remaining local undeveloped natural areas are near creeks and lakes.

− Measure A funds water conservation efforts including drought-tolerant plants, recycled water for ball fields, landscapes and green spaces, and capturing and cleaning more rainwater. These efforts to reduce waste will save money AND help protect our drinking water supplies.

Your “YES” Vote on Measure A will help provide safe, clean neighborhood parks, beaches and open spaces, and help protect these places that make our communities special. We need Measure A to provide safe places for kids to play, keeping them out of trouble and away from gangs. Permanent protection of our remaining natural areas near creeks and lakes will preserve them for future generations and conserve local water resources.

That is why a coalition of more than 100 local community organizations, children’s advocates, educators, advocates for seniors, business and environmental leaders say “Vote YES on Measure A.”

Signed by:

Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles District Attorney

Steve Soboroff, Business leader and Member, L.A. City Police Commission*

Cindy Montanez, Executive Director, Tree People

Alex Johnson, Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund

Tom Eisenhower, President, Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters


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