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Proposition A Sales Tax Defeated

The measure would have raised the sales tax in the city by a half-cent, bringing the rate up to 9.5 percent.

A proposed half-cent sales tax billed by supporters as critical for funding public safety and other Los Angeles city services appeared to be heading for a narrow defeat.

The proposition needed 50 percent of the vote to pass in Tuesday's election, but with 100 percent of precincts reporting, it had received only about 45 percent of the vote.

Proposition A would have increased the city's sales tax by a half-cent, putting it at 9.5 percent overall, just under the 10 percent cap imposed by state law. According to the city, Proposition A would have raised about $211 million a year.

Revenue from the tax would have been used to fund the police and fire departments, along with senior services, gang- and drug-prevention programs and street and sidewalk repairs. Some city leaders called it essential to residents' safety, but opponents slammed it as a money grab by a city unable to control its own spending.

In a recent report to the City Council, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said passage of the tax is critical to provide continued funding of as many as 500 police officer positions and to maintain other services. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Fire Department Chief Brian Cummings were among the supporters speaking about the need for the tax to pass.

But opponents of the proposition, including former Mayor Richard Riordan, contended the tax proposal was a response to consistent failure by the city to control its spending.

"This sales tax hike is bad for L.A., bad for hard-working Angelenos, bad for job-creating businesses and bad for the city's reputation," opponents wrote in a ballot argument against the measure. "It's a regressive tax that will have a disproportionate impact on working and middle-class Angelenos and encourage consumers to shop in nearby lower taxed cities.

"Worst of all, it doesn't solve the budget crisis, and will make finding real solutions so much more difficult in the future while delaying desperately needed repairs to our streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure."

According to the city, the 9.5 percent tax rate would be on par with nearby cities such as Santa Monica, Inglewood and El Monte.

The city is facing an estimated $216 million budget deficit in the coming fiscal year. In his report to the City Council, Santana said the deficit could jump to $360 million if the measure fails.

Beck and other supporters of the proposal have contended that the tax is critical to maintaining police service and bolstering the fire department.

"Without Proposition A's additional revenue, a minimum of 500 police officers that patrol our neighborhoods will be laid off and our historically low crime rates may be in danger," supporters wrote in a ballot argument in favor of the tax. "... Proposition A will cost the average Los Angeles resident less than 10 cents a day, and by law the tax cannot be applied to food and medicine." 

Anthony March 06, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Prop A's defeat is about the only good news in this race.
Jo March 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM
FINALLY, the citizens of LA City used their brains and said NO to yet another tax increase. We are Taxed Enough Already!!! Businesses are fleeing LA City and California due to high taxation and regulations. Drive to other towns like Simi when buying big ticket items. Let's starve this beast!!!
Paul B March 06, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Thank God! We finally stood up to these crooks! I am happy to have some faith in our Los Angeles citizens again. Round of applause for all of you who got out and voted NO on this BS measure.
Richard Rider, Chairman, SD Tax Fighters March 06, 2013 at 07:11 PM
The only practical solution for LA is bankruptcy. BK is a bad choice, but NOTHING else will work. Unions own the city's power structure. Their sycophant politicians will CONTINUE to run LA into the ground. No state or federal bailout is forthcoming. LA is on the same path that Detroit has traveled.
Richard Rider, Chairman, SD Tax Fighters March 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
ANY tax increase in LA is a PUBLIC EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION tax. Nothing more. ALL such taxes are to protect the opulent pensions and high salaries of our "public servants."
Gregory Urbach March 06, 2013 at 07:18 PM
This new tax proposal just shows how out-of-touch Los Angeles politicians are. We already have the highest taxes this side of New York, businesses having been fleeing the city for years, and those us brave enough to remain keep getting hammered by new fees. The incompetence of these 'leaders' is unbelievable.
Paul B March 06, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Exactly, no new taxes until major public pension reform. Public employees are really the only people left that get pensions. Most of the private sector did away with pensions b/c they are not finalncially sustainable (hint hint)
Lillian White March 06, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Yessss! Regressive tax that would target the poor more than the average wage earner...with no guarantee that the money would have been spent as proposed.
jack March 06, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I expect the current mayor to announce the layoff of 500 cops any day now. Yeah right!!!
jack March 06, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Seriously, these fear mongering A-Holes threatened layoffs and cuts in other services. Put your money where your mouths are and let's see it. Or is it that they are completely full of zhit.
Karn E. Vore March 06, 2013 at 10:25 PM
The scream no cops, right, more like even less services for your $$, how about starting with eliminating 20% of EACH City Counsel members staph to start, & some consolidation & coordination of city Dept. there is so much WASTE...they have raised taxes, fees, etc. many X over the past few years & always they steal the $$ for the General Fund, thieves, lazy overpaid bellicose counselpeople....wait they just announced a major bill was passed by the LA City Counsel, they now support gay rights ----> in Iraq?
Paul B March 07, 2013 at 12:30 AM
The money will magically appear to fund everything they threatened us with cutting...
Terry Stobie March 07, 2013 at 01:10 AM
B.K will be the answer soon , It is the only way out of the union control, whats the deal with all the people who get to vote who live out side of the city. Why in the world do we let these carpetbaggers vote here when they live somwhere else. I'll bet if we stopped letting theses outsiders vote thing's would be a lot different
impoundguy March 07, 2013 at 03:36 AM
...and without the increase in sales tax...the Police will still respond and the Fire Department and Paramedics will still show up and there will still be an operator at the other end of your 911 call...Thank God "for a change" that sanity prevailed and the majority didn't get all caught up in the usual "the sky if falling" routine.....NO matter how much you give them it will never be enough, and it will NEVER wind up going where they say it is going to go.
impoundguy March 07, 2013 at 03:39 AM
I will be willing to bet not a single lay off will occur now that they have to somehow find that money they always seem to find under a rock somewhere...amazing how that happens AFTER the fact.
catman March 07, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Of course it was defeated. The only way for the left to ever get any tax increases is to apply it only to the "rich." That's because the left wants all kinds of government services. They just don't want to pay for any of them. They want the other guy to pay.
helen petticrew March 07, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Thank God this was defeated.
helen petticrew March 07, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Sales tax is not targeted to the rich Catman.
catman March 07, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Which was my point exactly. If it was it would have passed by a large majority. But since it applies to everybody all the leftists who are always trying to raise taxes voted against it. That's because they don't want to pay for any of the government services they use. They want the other guy to pay.
venicebeachpress.com March 07, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Paul Koretz & Prop A DEFEATED!!!!! in CD5. Team Herd gets 26% of vote w/ 1% of the $$$. Yes, it's even worse. Team Koretz spent $150,000.00 while Team Herd spent $1,025, So here's the breakdown: Herd spends 1% of the money but gets 26% of the vote. If Koretz didn't outspend Herd 99 to 1, Herd would CRUSH Koretz. Wth 26% of the vote and way more if Herd had turned it into a money campaign, Paul should know that many share Herds message of Lower taxes, pension reform, more services, fiscal discipline, responsible development (especially in Century City), union cronyism, corruption etc. Congratualaions to Team Herd for a job well done. Let's hope Paul heard Herds team this election.
venicebeachpress.com March 07, 2013 at 02:44 PM
All Machine Corrupt candidates win their elections. Yes folks, it's true. If you are a developer, union worker, billboard company, or any other special interest group, YOUR A WINNER, and if you are the average guy who works hard to make an honest living, well, YOU JUST GOT SCREWED. But WAIT, there's more, an LA Times poll says "MOST ANGELENOS CAN READ............mailers, that is"
Taxpayers United March 07, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Paul (Taxman) Koruptz Tax Increase is BullSHET!!!! Team Herd gets 26% of vote w/ 1% of the $$$. Koretz Tax Raising attempt DEFEATED and Herd wins in public election poll. Koretz HEARD the HERD message LOUD and clearly. "Get the city's financial house in order with pension reform, NOT TAX INCREASES!!!!!" Herd receives 26% of vote but spends ONLY 1% of the money. Koretz out spent Herd $150,000.00 to Herd's $1,025.00. Paul lost in the public opinion poll, he just BOUGHT this election. Paul Koretz and his staff have consistently failed to investigate the deplorable conditions at the Friends of Animals shelter on Sepulveda Blvd. Neighbors have complained of excessive barking for years. Volunteers have complained of long standing inhumane conditions at the shelter. The Councilman's staff gives the neighbors the run around and has consistently refused to look into any complaints. All Machine Corrupt candidates win their elections. Yes folks, it's true. If you are a developer, union worker, billboard company, or any other special interest group, YOUR A WINNER, and if you are the average guy who works hard to make an honest living, well, YOU JUST GOT SCREWED. But WAIT, there's more, an LA Times poll says "MOST ANGELENOS CAN READ............election mailers, that is"
Terence Coates March 08, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Totally agree with you.
Terence Coates March 08, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Excellent idea. Had Prop A passed, it would have hurt our businesses, and our neighbors, who can't shop out of town. I'm sure we'll be punished with a rise in "fees".
Dave March 09, 2013 at 05:15 AM
Boy, there are some real crazies posting to this thread, but I would like to point out that the L.A. Times reported (and you all know the would never ever not print the truth) that the budget deifict is not near the $200M cited for Prop A. Will wonders never cease?
Union Fanboy March 09, 2013 at 07:05 AM
You said a mouthful buddy. We all just got screwed. All of the non voting public are a bunch of dummies who love throwing away their hard earned money.
YJ Draiman March 18, 2013 at 12:37 AM
The city of LA will do anything to justify a tax increase. The truth is; in order to bring new business to LA and create more permanent jobs we have to reduce taxes and bureaucracy. The city has to go aggressively after new business and help struggling business survive. Increased employment brings revenues to the government and takes the unemployed off government subsidy. We must also develop LA’s natural resources, which will create tens of thousands of permanent good paying jobs. YJ Draiman

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