A: As cities across California prepare for state and federal funding cuts, we already know that Seaside is losing grants for vital services including public safety and youth violence prevention efforts. The reliance on grants is simply not sustainable. Additional local funding from Measure L and G can help to maintain crime and youth violence prevention efforts, and the after-school programs that keep kids off the streets and out of trouble.
Q: How do Measures L and G impact our water?
A:As beaches continue to risk being closed and local marine life such as sea otters, sea lions, and whales are affected by urban runoff and water pollution, Seaside is legally required to comply with state and federal clean water laws. Locally-controlled funding from Measures L and G can help upgrade Seaside’s storm drains, preventing toxic chemicals from entering gutters, moving through drains and being dumped in coastal waters and affecting marine life. Our Monterey Bay sea otter population has fluctuated due to the pollution.
Q:What other vital services will Measures L and G impact?
A: We all live in Seaside because of its natural surroundings and small-town feel. The City seeks to
maintain emergency response services and improve roads in good condition, and our public parks and surrounding environment.
Q:How can we be sure Measures L and G will be spent on local services?
A:By law, Measures L and G are required to be spent on local needs. No money can be taken by the federal government, county or state. Locally-controlled funding from the Measures would be subject to strict accountability provisions including independent audits and public review of expenditures to ensure funds are spent efficiently and responsibly.
Q:What will Measures L and G cost?
A:If enacted, Measure G would place up to a 10% tax on only Seaside marijuana businesses, not consumers. Measure G helps to ensure Seaside doesn’t lose tax dollars to nearby communities that have already acted to tax and regulate the marijuana industry.
Saside’s Vital Services Measure L, if enacted, would generate funds via a one-half cent sales tax to help maintain fiscal stability, and essential and general city services. Measure L is not a property tax on homeowners, and visitors to the Seaside community will pay their fair share of the costs to use our parks, roads, and police. Measure L would also not apply to food purchased as groceries or prescription medication.
Q:When are Measures L and G on the ballot?
A: The election is June 6, 2017. If you need to register to vote, you can do so online by May 22, 2017 at www.sos.ca.gov/elections or by calling the Seaside City Clerk’s office at 831-899-6707. For more election information, visit www.ci.seaside.ca.us/184/Election-Information.
Q:Where can I get more information about Measures L and G?
A:For more information, visit www.ci.seaside.ca.us. If you have any specific questions please contact the City Manager’s office at 831-899-6701. If you’re a member of a community organization that would like to schedule a presentation to learn more about Measures L and G please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.