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Approved Ballot Measures 

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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%



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%


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%


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%


Measure A - March 3, 2020

Measure A extended and adjusted the rate of a Transactions and Use Tax to be administered by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

Result(s)    Votes        Percent
Yes              49,676      50.01%
No               49,660      49.99%

Measure B - March 3, 2020

Measure B increased the rate of the City’s General Purpose Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Tax by one percent (1%) from six percent (6%) to seven percent (7%).

Result(s)    Votes        Percent
Yes              59,190      59.21%
No               40,775      40.79%


Long Beach Community Services General Purpose Oil Production Tax Increase Measure - Measure US - November 3, 2020

Measure US increases the rate of the City's General Purpose Oil Barrel Production Tax (Barrel Tax) from 15 cents per barrel to a maximum of 30 cents per barrel, subject to annual CPI increases.

Result(s)    Votes        Percent
Yes              107,040    57.08%
No               80,473      42.92%


Measure LBC – November 8, 2022
Measure LBC amended the Long Beach Charter to realign the City’s primary and general election dates with the State’s primary and general election dates held in even-numbered years

Result(s)    Votes        Percent
Yes              80,644      75.40%
No               26,307      24.60%

Measure LBU – November 8, 2022
Measure LBU amended the Long Beach Charter to realign the Long Beach Unified School District’s primary and general election dates with the State’s primary and general election dates held in even-numbered years

Result(s)    Votes        Percent
Yes              89,106      73.40%
No               32,289      26.60%

Measure E – November 8, 2022
Measure E amended the Long Beach Charter to establish a Police Oversight Commission and add a Police Oversight Director

Result(s)    Votes        Percent
Yes              64,494      59.76%
No               43,427      40.24%

Measure BB – November 8, 2022
Measure BB amended the Long Beach Charter to merge the existing water, sewer and gas utilities into a single publicly-owned utility.

Result(s)    Votes        Percent
Yes              68,557      63.91%
No               38,707      36.09%


Long Beach Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Increase Measure RW - March 5,2024
Increasing the minimum wage for qualifying hotel workers from $17.55 per hour to $23.00 per hour on July 1, 2024, gradually increasing annually to $29.50 per hour by July 1, 2028, applying cost of living increases starting July 1, 2029, clarifying "wages" and "service charges" paid to qualifying hotel workers and authorizing the Council to make future amendments to the City's hotel worker minimum compensation standards, starting June 1, 2029.

Result(s)    Votes        Percent
Yes              39,949      53.14%
No               35,234      46.86%