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Approved Ballot Measures 

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2012 APPROVED BALLOT MEASURE

Minimum Wages for Hotel Workers - Measure N - November 6, 2012

Measure N established minimum wages and minimum sick leave payable to hotel workers. The minimum wage for Hotel workers is $14.64 effective July 1, 2018.

Result(s)   Votes     Percent
Yes 88,587 64.32%
No 49,150 35.68%
        

2014 APPROVED BALLOT MEASURE

General Tax on Medical Marijuana Sales - Measure A – April 8, 2014

Measure A authorizes the city to impose a sales tax starting at 6%, with a maximum rate of 10%, on all medical marijuana sales. It also authorizes an annual tax of at least $15 - with a potential maximum of $50 - per square foot for pot plant cultivation spaces in marijuana dispensaries. This tax will not go into effect until the city completes and implements its plan to legalize and regulate medical marijuana through a city ordinance.

Result(s)   Votes     Percent
Yes 26,017 74.0%
No 9,129 26.0%
        

2016 APPROVED BALLOT MEASURES

Transactions and Use Tax - Measure A – June 7, 2016

Measure A is a 10-year general sales tax to fund public infrastructure and public safety services. 

Result(s)   Votes     Percent
Yes 54,928 60.32%
No 36,132 39.68%


Long Beach Budget Stabilization Fund - Measure B - June 7, 2016

Measure B establishes a budget stabilization fund ("rainy day fund") for general services into which 1 percent of new general fund tax revenue would be deposited. Measure B was designed to only take effect if the proposed 1 percent Long Beach sales tax measure, Measure A, was also approved.

Result(s)   Votes     Percent
Yes 52,300 58.03%
No 37,829 41.97%


Marijuana Taxation - Measure MA – November 8, 2016

Measure MA funds public safety, 9-1-1 emergency response, police officers, homelessness, and general City services It updates gross receipts tax rates between 6-8% for medical marijuana dispensaries, 8-12% for nonmedical marijuana dispensaries, 6-8% for processing, distributing, transporting or testing marijuana/related products and a square foot tax between $12-15 for marijuana cultivation, raising approximately $13 million annually, requiring annual expenditure reports, until ended by voters.

Result(s)   Votes     Percent
Yes 103,086 68.25%
No 47,955 31.75%

Regulation of Medical Marijuana - Measure MM – November 8, 2016

Measure MM repeals the City's ban on marijuana businesses, reducing the City's tax on recreational and medical marijuana, and adopting regulations permitting approximately 32 retail medical marijuana businesses located in areas not zoned exclusively for residential use with minimum distance restrictions from sensitive uses, and providing for the establishment of an unspecified number of marijuana cultivation, distribution, manufacturing and testing businesses.

Result(s)   Votes     Percent
Yes 89,893 60.14%
No 59,570 39.86%
        

2018 APPROVED BALLOT MEASURES

Utility Revenue Transfer Charter Amendment - Measure M - June 5, 2018

Measure M is a City Charter Amendment to explicitly authorize and affirm the transfer of surplus City utility revenues to the City’s general fund to support services for Long Beach residents such as police, fire, and 911 paramedic and other general government services. These transfers have been used to support general City services for over 60 years.

Result(s)    Votes      Percent
Yes               35,651    53.76%
No                30,659    46.24%

Authority of Long Beach City Auditor to Conduct Performance Audits Charter Amendment - Measure AAA - November 6, 2018

Measure AAA amended the City Charter to authorize the City Auditor to conduct performance audits, defined as financial, compliance, efficiency, economy, operational, or program audits or studies, of any City department, board or commission. 

Result(s)    Votes      Percent
Yes               92,517    71.02%
No                37,752    28.98%

Long Beach Term Limits Charter Amendment - Measure BBB - November 6, 2018

Measure BBB amended the City Charter to limit the Mayor and City Councilmembers to serving three terms and to prohibit individuals who have already served three terms from being elected as write-in candidates.

Result(s)    Votes      Percent
Yes               75,833    56.82%
No                57,627    43.18%

Long Beach Ethics Commission Charter Amendment - Measure CCC - November 6, 2018

Measure CCC amended the City Charter to create an ethics commission of Long Beach residents for the purpose of monitoring, administering and implementing governmental ethics in the City of Long Beach.

Result(s)    Votes      Percent
Yes               81,462    61.79%
No                50,381    38.21%

Long Beach Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission Charter Amendment - Measure DDD - November 6, 2018

Measure DDD amended the City Charter to create an independent citizens commission of Long Beach residents to determine the boundaries of City Council districts every ten years after the national census.

Result(s)    Votes      Percent
Yes               78,581    60.21%
No                51,925    39.79%

Long Beach Hotel Worker - Measure WW - November 6, 2018

Measure WW passed an ordinance to require Long Beach hotels containing more than 50 rooms to provide personal emergency contact devices for hotel workers, adopt restrictions on the square footage of hotel areas which may be cleaned and establish penalties for failure to comply with restrictions.

Result(s)    Votes      Percent
Yes               84,411    64.49%
No                46,480    35.51%