The Voting Process
The California Constitution Artlicles XIII C and D (Proposition 218) requires that a proposed fee go through a two-step approval process, which includes both a public hearing and an election. A Notice of Public Hearing was mailed to all property owners within the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. An example notice is available here. A Spanish Language notice is available here.
On January 15, 2013, the Board of Supervisors opened a public hearing to listen to public testimony regarding the proposed measure. Due to significant community and agency concerns at the hearing, the Board directed to keep the protest period open for an additional 60 days. On March 12, 2013 the Board again listened to public testimony. At the conclusion of public testimony the Board of Supervisors voted to not proceed with the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure at this time and then directed Public Works to continue working towards consensus with stakeholders on key elements of the proposed measure and to report back on progress in 90 days.