Election 2012

Measure MM and Measure HH: Absentee Ballots and Early Returns Show Voters Strongly Supporting Parcel Tax Initiatives

Comments (0)


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 12:36 AM
click to enlarge Santa Monica mountains
  • Santa Monica mountains

Update: At 12:32 a.m., Measure HH is looking strong with support from 71 percent of voters. Measure MM, however, is not as solid with 65 percent. The initiatives need at least 66.67 percent to win.

In early returns and absentee balloting, Measure MM and Measure HH have strong approval from voters. Sixty-five percent of voters support Measure MM and 69 percent back Measure HH, according to the Los Angels County Registrar-Recorder web site. But the measures must get two-thirds support to go into effect.

Measure MM and Measure HH are proposed parcel taxes to help fund the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) and the related Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC), which maintain open space and parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Zone. The taxes do not affect everyone in Los Angeles -- only residents in special zones. As a result, only those people voted on the measures.

The measures, however, were mysteriously placed on the ballot by autocratic Joe Edmiston, who runs MRCA and SMMC. By law, a petition drive or a vote by a governing body is needed to put an initiative before voters. Somehow, Edimiston bypassed that.

As we previously reported, the media have also failed to explain why, under Measure MM and Measure HH, a few thousand land owners would be taxed for improvements to huge, vast public lands used by millions of hikers, campers, visitors and others.

HH proposed a $24-per-year tax for the next 10 years that will be applied to properties within a large area east of the 405 Freeway, including the Hollywood Hills and the hillside homes west of Griffith Park. MM proposed that homeowners west of the 405 and south of the 101 in Woodland Hills, Encino, Tarzana and Calabasas pay a $19-per-year tax for the next 10 years.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

Related Content


Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets


  • 21st Annual Classic Cars "Cruise Night" in Glendale
    On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.
  • The World Cup Celebrated And Mourned By Angelenos
    The World Cup has taken Los Angeles by storm. With viewings beginning at 9 a.m., soccer fans have congregated at some of the best bars in the city including The Village Idiot, Goal, The Parlour on Melrose, Big Wang's and more. Whether they're cheering for their native country, favorite players or mourning the USA's loss, Angelenos have paid close attention to the Cup, showing that soccer is becoming more than a fad. All photos by Daniel Kohn.
  • La Brea Tar Pits "Pit 91" Re-Opening
    Starting June 28th, The Page Museum once again proudly unveils the museum's Observation Pit, which originally opened in 1952 but has spent most of the last half century closed. Now visitors can get an up-close look at Pit 91, which is currently under excavation. The La Brea Tar Pits, home of the Page Museum, is one of the world's most famous ice age fossil locations, known for range of fossils from saber-toothed cats and mammoths to microscopic plants, seeds and insects. The new "Excavator Tour" is free with museum admission if purchased online at tarpits.org . All photos by Nanette Gonzales.