The Measure asks voters to approve a 12% transfer of gross revenues of the City's natural gas, water and sewer utilities.
Tom Stout, Joe Weinstein, Diana Lejins and Gerrie Schipske submitted a 300 word argument in opposition to Measure M that outlines why the tax measure should be defeated:
VOTE NO. STOP THIS BLATANT MONEY GRAB. The Mayor and Council are spending more than one-half million dollars of your taxes to put this measure on the ballot. Special interests will spend hundreds of thousands in support. Why? The Mayor and Council were caught taking millions of dollars in illegal fees from the Water Department’s sewer and water pipeline budget. They raised your sewer and water bills to pay for the illegal fees. A brave taxpayer stopped them. She filed a lawsuit which forced the City to return …
Sign the Petition to Stop Political Slush Funds in Long Beach
The Long Beach Mayor and City Council have totally changed the purpose of "officeholder accounts" by voting to triple the amounts they can raise and by voting to allow the transfer of the officeholder accounts to political campaigns.
The voters of the City of Long Beach enacted campaign finance reform back in 1994 to try and stem the flow of special interest money into local elections and to "allow candidates and officeholders to spend a lesser proportion of their time on fund raising and a greater proportion of their time dealing with issues of importance to their constituents."
A measure should be placed on the ballot that allows voters to repeal officeholder accounts so elected officials can get back to spending time representing their constituents, instead of doing year-round fundraising.
By: Gerrie Schipske, Author of “Historical Hospitals of Long
Beach” Before everyone gets too excited over the announced possibilities
of a new operator of Community Hospital, taxpayers need to be aware that the
City of Long Beach owns the deed to the property on which Long Beach Community
Hospital sits. The actual deed has a restrictive covenant that only allows the
property to be used for a “public hospital.” This is because the taxpayers paid
for the land and then raised millions of dollars through bonds to pay for the
construction and expansion on several occasions. Also, the City even gave money
directly to keep the hospital operating. The City holds title to the property. Historically, the hospital has been operated by the Long Beach
Community Hospital Association and then Healthwest, UniHealth, Catholic HealthCare,
the Community Hospital Foundation and most recently Memorial Medical. Memorial is ending its lease because it cannot (or will not)
retrofit the hospital to meet state e…