02 Nov Vote Yes on Measure A!
California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Léon asks for your vote to support Measure A.
Funding for LA County Parks is expiring. Los Angeles County parks have received critical funds from two measures, one just expired and the other is about to expire in 2019. Measure A will preserve funding for County parks and protect the future of riverside open spaces. We can’t restore the Los Angeles River if we can’t maintain today’s riverside parks. We urge you to vote yes on Measure A for today’s parks and the River’s Future.
The 2016 LA County Parks Needs Assessment outlined $20 billion in funding needed for parks and open spaces right now. The plan also provides an assessment on communities that suffer health impacts caused by disproportionate access to green and natural spaces. Without Measure A, we will leave our youth, our seniors, and ourselves fewer spaces to be active, healthy, and connected to urban nature.
What does Measure A do exactly? By implementing a minor – 1.5 cent per square foot parcel tax – Measure A will:
- • Provide 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 The ongoing lack of funding for parks has meant staff are unable to upgrade outdated and unsafe playground equipment, recreation centers, senior centers, drinking fountains and restrooms, which are suffering from termite damage, mold, leaky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.
- • Provide safe places to play and participate in afterschool programs in neighborhood parks — which receive over 41 million visits by kids each year.
- • Help protect undeveloped natural areas so future generations can enjoy them. Most remaining local undeveloped natural areas are near creeks and lakes.
- • Fund 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.
The LA River and it’s parks are part of our urban nature. FoLAR has been working for decades to give the LA River the attention it deserves as a natural resource that should be publicly accessible and ecologically viable. Measure A is a well-thought and inclusive proposition that funds open spaces and parks, focusing on the protection of beaches, rivers and waterways. Measure A prioritizes projects that restore our environmental resources, strongly benefiting the LA River. Now more than ever, it is critical to invest in the parks and rivers we depend on to live healthier lives.
Please join FoLAR and vote for the LA River by voting yes on Measure A.