TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
FROM: CITY MANAGER
DATE: AUGUST 1, 2006
SUBJECT: GANG SUPPRESSION, PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION SALES TAX INITIATIVE
Consider support of the Los Angeles County Gang Suppression, Prevention and Intervention Sales Tax Initiative.
At the request of the Sheriff’s Department this item was continued from the July 18, 2006 City Council meeting.
On November 2, 2004 a ½ cent Los Angeles County sales tax initiative, proposed by Sheriff Baca for law enforcement, failed. Currently, Sheriff Baca and Chief Bratton are sponsoring the Los Angeles County Gang Suppression, Prevention and Intervention Sales Tax Initiative proposed for the November 2006 ballot. This ¼ cent sales tax will provide approximately $325 million dollars annually while costing the average person only $1.67-$2.50 per month. The Sheriff has asked that the City Council support this Initiative.
Sheriff Baca is proposing a ¼ cent sales tax initiative that will fund increased law enforcement focused on gang violence. His initiative, called the Los Angeles County Gang Suppression and Intervention Sales Tax Initiative, is proposed for the November 2006 ballot. The sales tax would have a five-year sunset and would increase the Los Angeles County sales tax from 8.25% to 8.50%.
Sheriff Baca’s ½ cent sales tax initiative of 2004 failed to gather the required 66.7% majority vote. However, it was supported by 59.6% of the Los Angeles County voters. In Rancho Palos Verdes the voter support was less than 50%.
It is worth noting that this time the Sheriff has reduced the amount of the tax, included a sunset provision, set a specific target for the use of the funds and created an Executive Oversight Committee with responsibility for overseeing the distribution of funds.
Based on population, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes will annually receive approximately $520,647.08 earmarked for prevention, intervention education,
and job training programs designed to impact gang membership. In addition, approximately $199,678.64 will be distributed to the City for suppression
efforts targeting gangs. The moneys spent would have to be used to impact
law enforcement-related problems that are somehow connected to gangs. For
example, drug trade has a direct link to gang members through distribution,
transportation, production, use, and sales. Our present contract for Sheriff’s services is approximately $3.5 million annually.