A voting booth. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
A voting booth. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Voters across Los Angeles County will head to the polls March 7 to weigh in on a proposed sales tax aimed at combating homelessness, while residents in more than two dozen cities will choose council members and mayors and decide on a handful of localized measures.

In addition to the countywide homelessness issue, local elections are scheduled in Azusa, Bell, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Claremont, Covina, Cudahy, Gardena, Glendora, Huntington Park, La Canada Flintridge, La Mirada, La Verne, Lakewood, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palos Verdes Estates, Paramount, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, South Gate and West Hollywood.

School board elections are also scheduled in the Los Angeles, Pasadena and Redondo Beach unified school districts, along with the Los Angeles Community College District.

Here is a brief roundup of measures on the ballot: Los Angeles County

— Measure H, which needs approval from two-thirds of voters, would raise the county sales tax by a quarter-cent for 10 years, with the proceeds going toward homeless services including affordable housing, mental health treatment, health care, education, job training and transportation. Arcadia Unified School District

— Measure A would extend a $288 parcel tax for 18 years, raising about $4.3 million a year for educational programs, teacher retention and campus improvements. The measure requires approval of two-thirds of voters. Bell

— Measure T, which also requires approval from two-thirds of voters, would impose a 12 percent bed tax on hotel/motel stays to fund general city infrastructure improvements, raising $285,000 a year. Bellflower

— Measure B would impose a tax on marijuana-related businesses in the city. It requires a simple majority for approval. Covina

— Measure CC, which needs approval from two-thirds of voters, would extend the 6 percent utility users tax on telephone, gas, electricity and water services through March 2029, funding general city services including the police and fire departments. The measure requires a simple majority for approval. Cudahy

— Measure PS would impose a $139 annual parcel tax on single-family and unimproved properties, $181 per dwelling on multi-family properties; and between $1,550 and $49,600 for industrial, commercial, mobile-home park and other non-residential properties. The tax would last five years and raise about $2 million a year, funding roughly half of the city’s cost of police services. The measure requires approval from two-thirds of voters. Los Angeles

— Proposition M would establish taxes on marijuana businesses, while authorizing criminal penalties for non-approved marijuana businesses and outlining the city council’s authority to regulate cannabis-related activities. Measures M and N both require only a simple majority for approval, but if both are approved, the one receiving the most votes will be enacted.

— Initiative Ordinance N would authorize a permitting system for marijuana businesses, giving existing marijuana businesses time to register for permits, allowing marijuana businesses in select non-residential areas and setting distance requirements from schools. It also authorizes fines for unauthorized marijuana activities and sets a tax on “adult use marijuana sales.” Measures M and N both require only a simple majority for approval, but if both are approved, the one receiving the most votes will be enacted.

— Charter Amendment P would increase the maximum term of franchises, licenses and permits issued by the Harbor Department from 50 years to 66 years, making the city consistent with state law. It requires a simple majority vote for approval.

— Measure S would impose a two-year moratorium on development projects that require amendments to the city’s General Plan, require a public review of the city’s General Plan every five years and prohibit project applicants from performing environmental impact reports for their own projects. It requires a simple majority for approval. Monterey Park

— Measure LL would renew a parcel tax to fund services at Bruggemeyer Library. The measure needs approval from two-thirds of voters to be approved. Palos Verdes Estates

— Measure D, which also needs approval from two-thirds of voters, would extend for 12 years a parcel tax on building improvements based on square footage, generating roughly $4.7 million a year to fund fire and paramedic services. Redondo Beach

— Measure C would amend the Coastal Land Use Plan Implementing Ordinance to impose additional regulations on the amount and type of development permitted in select coastal and open-space zones in the King Harbor- Pier area. It requires a simple majority of votes for approval. San Fernando

— Measure SF asks voters if the position of city treasurer should be an appointed post instead of elected. It also requires a simple majority for approval.

— City News Service

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