With the presidential election looming on Election Day November 4, there’s a lot more at stake for local voters. In addition to a host of state propositions, voters in the West San Gabriel Valley will have make a decision on at least three local measures -- two of them will cost them money.
The Alhambra Unified School District will have Measure MM on the ballot to get voter approval on a $50 million school bond measure. In Rosemead, city voters will have a chance to vote on making the city a “charter city,” with all the benefits that come from a higher level of independence.
At the same time, Metro, the Southern California Transportation agency is proposing Measure R, a half-cent sales tax for Los Angeles County to finance new transportation projects and programs and give a boost to some projects that are already underway. Metro is predicting that the half-cent sales tax will cost about $25 per person every year.
Rosemead’s Measure CC proposes to place the municipality in an elite group of cities that have a level of independence
from state elections. Currently, the city is organized as a “general law city” as are most cities in the state.
The measure will require two-thirds of the voters casting ballots on November 4. Many voters may not even vote on the measure, preferring instead to just vote for the presidential Race. The key issue in the proposed change of structure is a term limit on city council members. Under the proposal, the new charter would limit council members to three consecutive terms -- 12 years.
Alhambra Unified School District has schools in Alhambra, Monterey Park, Rosemead and San Gabriel. The proposed bond measure would fund improvements to each of 13 elementary school. According to Bob Gin, school board member, when the bond is passed, every elementary school in the district will receive upgrades.
The funds generated from this bond can be spent only on the elementary schools. The upgrades will range from playground equipment to replacing aging portable classrooms with permanent classrooms.