Sure, this November we will be electing a new President, and a new U.S. Senator representing California, and we’ll be voting on dozens of other offices and measures. But among the most important votes we will be casting – that will perhaps most effect the day-to-day lives of the people of Southern California – is for Measure A, the Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks, Open Space, Local Beaches, Rivers, and Water Conservation Protection Measure in Los Angeles County.
Measure A will help provide safe, clean neighborhood parks, beaches and open spaces in every area of Los Angeles County — because they are an essential part of what makes our communities special. And that is why a broad coalition of more than 100 local community organizations, children’s advocates, educators, advocates for seniors, business and environmental leaders have come together to pass this essential measure.
The Board of Supervisors placed Measure A on the November ballot after the most extensive and inclusive needs assessment ever conducted in L.A. County, and this assessment guided the structuring of the parks measure. We have an excellent opportunity to pass this measure – and we certainly have the need to replace expiring local funding for safe, clean neighborhood parks.
Why do we need to support Measure A for Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks?
- Permanent protection of our remaining natural areas near creeks, rivers and lakes will preserve them for future generations as well as conserving precious local water resources. Most remaining local undeveloped natural areas are near creeks, streams and lakes.
- We need to provide for necessary safety repairs and upgrades to keep our kids, seniors and residents safe. The ongoing lack of funding has meant park staff is unable to upgrade outdated and unsafe playground equipment, recreation centers, senior centers, and restrooms, which are suffering from termite damage, mold, leaky roofs, decaying walls, poor drainage, unsafe lighting and often lack accessibility for the disabled.
- We must provide safe places to play and participate in after-school programs in neighborhood parks — which receive over 41 million visits by kids annually. Doing so will help keep kids in every community off the street and out of trouble.
- This is an essential opportunity to help fund water conservation efforts such as the use of 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 to protect our local drinking water supplies. And we will take important steps on behalf of our health and the sustainability of L.A. County.
You can vote “YES” on the L.A. County parks measure. And you can do a lot more. Please email email@example.com for more information, and to get you and your friends, family and neighbors involved.