There are four Santa Monica measures on the ballot in the election Tuesday, November 7th:
MEASURE U — This measure would amend various existing charter sections.
It would amend and clarify City Charter provisions governing the City’s organizational structure, the City Manager’s authority, departmental directors’ positions and appointments, city attorney Marsha Moutrie says.
The measure would change current personnel policies.
It would clarify the City Council’s power to create and reorganize city departments, Moutrie says.
“The proposed measure [“U”] would replace the requirement of board or commission approval for these particular positions with language providing that the City Manager shall consult with boards and commissions as appropriate concerning the appointment of all department directors,” Moutrie says.
Additionally, this proposed measure would make “nonsubstantive changes.”
MEASURE V — Clean Beaches and Ocean Parcel Tax Act.
Measure “V” would amend the municipal code to adopt the ordinance called the “Clean Beaches and Ocean Parcel Tax Act.”
This act would fund the implementation of part of Santa Monica’s Watershed Management Plan.
The plan proposes urban water runoff management and pollution prevention activities to protect the Santa Monica Bay, beaches and ocean resources and to satisfy federal, state and regional pollution discharge and water quality requirements, city officials say.
This proposed ordinance would establish an annual parcel tax of $84, or $7 per month, for each parcel with one single family detached residence.
The tax money would be deposited into a special fund that would be audited by a Citizens’ Oversight Committee.
The parcel tax would raise annual revenues of about $2.35 million to help fund the Watershed Management Plan.
MEASURE W — Would amend Charter Section XXII of the City Charter (also known as the Taxpayer Protection Amendment of 2000 or the Oaks Initiative) — changing current anti-corruption law.
Proposition “W” would eliminate current protections against corruption through campaign contributions and replace those with protections against the corruptive influence of gifts and employment opportunities, city attorney Moutrie says.
Moutrie says the changes to the current anti-corruption law would “effectuate the ‘clean government’ goals of the Oaks Initiative, while protecting individual rights and opportunities.”
Measure W would exempt campaign contributions, noting they “are subject to separate laws and regulations,” and would establish new restrictions upon receipt of gifts. There would be a $50 limit on gifts from persons doing business with the city.
MEASURE Y — Marijuana Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Policy Ordinance.
Measure Y would make crimes involving the adult (21+), personal use of marijuana the “lowest enforcement priority,” unless its use occurs on public property or someone is driving under the influence.
This measure would also prohibit Santa Monica police from cooperating with state and federal agents on enforcement activities covered by the lowest priority designation and would pro- hibit the city from accepting federal funds for such activities, according to city officials.
This measure would require: designating special report forms for police officers’ use in documenting individual enforcement actions; requesting information from individual police officers who appear to have violated the lowest priority designation; and receiving grievances from individuals who believe they were subject to law enforcement efforts contrary to the lowest priority designation.
The City Council would also be required to generate two reports a year containing specific statistical information on marijuana enforcement and information on deviations from the lowest priority designation, city officials say.