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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Santa Ana
Measure X - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

33,462 votes yes (57.7%)

24,542 votes no (42.3%)

100% of precincts reporting (78/78).

To maintain effective 9-1-1 response; retaining firefighters and police officers; addressing homelessness; fixing streets; maintaining parks, youth and senior services, and unrestricted general revenue purposes; shall the sales tax be increased one and one half (1.5) cents until 2029 providing approximately $60 million dollars annually, then reduced to one (1) cent providing approximately $40 million dollars annually, until 2039, requiring annual audits, citizens oversight and for Santa Ana use only?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

yes vote is a vote in favor of authorizing a citywide sales tax of 1.5 percent for 10 years (through 2029), reducing the rate to 1 percent for an additional 10 years (through 2039).

NO vote means

no vote is a vote against authorizing the city to enact a 1.5 percent local sales tax.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Santa Ana City Attorney

Measure X titled the “Santa Ana Neighborhood Safety, Homeless Prevention and Essential City Services Enhancement Measure” was placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of Santa Ana. It added Article VII to Chapter 35 of the Santa Ana Municipal Code and established a local transactions and use tax in the City of Santa Ana of one and one half (1.5) cents for 10 years until March 31, 2029 and then reduced to one (1) cent for 10 additional years until March 31, 2039 for a total of 20 years to fund general city services. The one and one half (1.5) cents transactions and use tax would add one and one half cents to a retail purchase of $1 and $1.50 to a retail purchase of $100. In 2029 when reduced to one (1) cent, the one (1) cent transactions and use tax would add one cent to a retail purchase of $1 and $1.00 to a retail purchase of $100. With the exception of those items that are exempt, the transactions and use tax applies to most over-the-counter sales of tangible goods and restaurant purchases. For automobile sales, the tax only applies if the vehicle is registered to a city address; regardless of whether the vehicle was purchased from a dealership located inside of the city.

Measure X is expected to generate $60 million dollars a year, until 2029 and then $40 million dollars a year until March 31, 2039 to fund general city services including, but not limited to, maintaining 9-1-1 emergency response services, homelessness and housing services, fixing potholes and streets, maintaining parks, after school programs, senior services and graffiti removal. The revenue from the transactions and use tax would also be used to address the city’s structural deficit.

Measure X requires a majority of the Santa Ana voters that vote in the election on November 6, 2018 to become law. If approved, the tax will be imposed beginning on April 1, 2019 at one and one half (1.5) cent until March 31, 2029 and then reduced to one (1) cent until March 31, 2039. The City is required to contract with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to administer and collect the tax.

Measure X provides for a citizen oversight committee, an annual audit by an independent certified public accountant, and an annual expenditures disclosure by the city to the public.

In summary:

A “YES” vote on the measure is a vote in favor of a local transactions and use tax in the City of Santa Ana of one and one half (1.5) cent until March 31, 2029 and then one (1) cent until March 31, 2039 to fund general city services.

A “NO” vote on the measure is a vote against a local transactions and use tax in the City of Santa Ana of one and one half (1.5) cent until March 31, 2029 and then one (1) cent until March 31, 2039 to fund general city services.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vital city services in Santa Ana have suffered as a result of the Great Recession. Public 

safety has been cut, youth and after school programs have been reduced, and our homeless problem is getting worse. As budget reductions continue to take their toll, our police department has fewer officers and our fire department and emergency response times have been compromised.

 

It’s time to restore public safety and vital services for Santa Ana. Measure X will provide the funding needed for essential public safety services while helping us take care of the basics – like repairing streets and maintaining youth services. It will prevent further cuts to police protection, paramedic services and programs that fight gangs and drugs.

 

The homeless problem is getting worse, having reached excessive levels in Santa Ana, hurting local businesses, public safety, and our quality of life. Measure X will help get people off the streets and into programs and housing, working to end the cycle of homelessness.

 

Santa Ana is a great place to live and raise a family. We cannot afford to keep cutting vital services. It’s time to protect our future. Measure X will provide the resources to take care of the essential city services like street repairs, libraries, parks and youth services.

 

Measure X includes tough accountability by requiring annual independent financial audits and citizen review of expenditures. It ensures that all funds remain in the City of Santa Ana and will not be taken away by Sacramento. These strong fiscal safeguards will ensure funds are used efficiently, effectively and for the benefit of Santa Ana.

 

s/ Juan Villegas

Councilmember, City of Santa Ana 

 

s/ Sal Tinajero

Councilmember, City of Santa Ana

 

s/ David Benavides

Santa Ana Councilmember

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

They say that history repeats itself. The problems of the 21ST century has its roots in the 19TH. 4,000,000 slaves vs 12,000,000 illegals. General Antonio López de Santa Anna vs Alamo.  Santa Ana vs American refugee encampments. The city is defined by drugs, perversion and illegals. The 1.5% tax is a bail-out.  It gives us the highest county rate and a 20 year problem. Money is spent for sanctuary and illegals. ICE, no! Public/private partnerships for values Americans reject.  Organized crime?  Consider: July 20, this writer is framed by the Albertson CEO’s son.

 

5-31-94, Mexican born Miguel Pulido joins the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce.

 

6-1-94, Albertsons Food & Drug join.

 

6-2-94, The son is convicted on drug charges.

 

July 20, Anniversary Killings: Rocco, Colorado, Norway.

 

OC’s head DA sends his neighbor to frame Rocco, and OC Weekly write fabrications.  America’s most dangerous Mexican anti-Americans: Rackauckas, Pulido, Arellano.

 

American  cultural  neighborhoods  have  been  replaced  by  gang culture.  The all Hispanic council, elected at-large, has made Santa Ana the capital of drugs, perversion and illegals. This condition has spread to Europe. Bloated council salaries? Best paid in California. Multiculturism? Izzy Ocampo/Serial Killer (Mexican born/Registered Democrat) murdered only Americans. This writer was targeted.

 

Go  along  with  asymetrical  war  against  Americans  ?  Federal intervention or bankruptcy?  We don’t want your values, and certainly don’t want to give you our money.

 

s/ Steve Rocco

Treasurer, Orange County Organized Crime and Political Corruption Watch

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

It takes alot of money to fund the illegal alien institution. Mexican occupation lasted 1825-1846. This time it’s longer, and by proxy. Santa Ana lives by subsidized government goodies. No illegals? No homeless problem! Plenty of jobs, housing and education. Our jails: not for illegals (even if paid).

 

Illegals  face  deportation!  Americans  face  death,  kidnapping  and theft. Homeless: not their fault! Political/Medical murder! Judicial and extra-judicial killings, through the Public Administrator common place. Our last two police chiefs were fired and well-paid. Snitch Scandal: a fraud.

 

Vital services? Spanish-speaking police make $1000 more. The library

and city hall are fenced-in fortresses, guarded by security guards.

 

La Raza murals are pervasive. Radicalized education (I.E. Izzy Ocampo) produce anti-American killers. Mexican DA Rackauckas and Pulido prove anti-Americanism.  Rackauckas,  the  savior  of  Albertsons:  threw  the Kelly Thomas case. Thomas was arrested seven times at an Albertsons. Pulido welcomes Partnership. American slavery: unwarranted invasions, kidnappings and murder of innocent Americans (I.E. Conservatortship/ Guardianship). Rather than deporting without assets, we have sanctuary and death camps.

 

The system needs to be defunded and dismantled:

 

Santa Ana is the second largest populated Mexican city, by design. Non-majority rule is not democracy, and illegals are neither immigrants nor refugees.

 

These  problems  were  created  by  anti-Americans.  Now,  we’re supposed to pay to keep the problem going?

 

s/ Steve Rocco

Steve Rocco’s Orange County Organized Crime and Political Corruption Watch, Against Measure

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

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