NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 02: Santina Spadaro checks her ballot before casting her vote at a Manhattan polling place November 2, 2010 in New York City. President Barack Obama's Democrats are facing challenges from Republicans nationwide as they attempt to seize control of Capitol Hill. In the New York state gubernatorial race, Democrat Andrew Cuomo is favored to defeat Republican Carl Paladino. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Ten ballot measures were on Tuesday's election ballot.
Measure G: Yes
With retirement benefits taking up an ever-increasing chunk of the city's budget, voters agreed to scale back the pensions of future Los Angeles police officers and firefighters. Measure G also requires sworn personnel hired after July 1 to contribute a portion of their salary to pay for their post-retirement health care. The city has been subsidizing those costs.
Measure H: Yes
Contract Bidder Campaign Contribution and Fundraising Restrictions
Measures I and J: Yes
The Department of Water and Power and its finances will soon be under closer scrutiny, with voters backing a pair of ballot measures designed to increase oversight of the agency. After a bitter dispute over rate hikes last year, the Los Angeles City Council put Measure I on the ballot to create an Office of Public Accountability. It will be staffed with a ratepayer advocate tasked with evaluating the need for proposed rate increases and investigating complaints of fraud, abuse and waste. The council also put forth Measure J, which will force the DWP to release its annual budget earlier, and guarantee the amount of money that the DWP must remit to the city each year. DWP Interim General Manager Austin Beutner had argued against creating an Office of Public Accountability through a ballot measure, saying such a body could be created without asking voters to amend the city Charter.
Measure L: Yes
Even though it means cutting into the budget for other services, voters threw their support behind a ballot measure calling for more money to be allocated to city libraries. Measure L amends the city charter to ensure that libraries get a bigger portion of the city's property tax revenue. It is a reallocation of existing resources, not a new tax.
Measure M: Yes
Measure M allows the city to collect $50 out of each $1,000 in "gross reimbursements'' that dispensaries receive from their patients. That could generate $10 million a year, which the city can use to pay for basic services such police, libraries and street repairs, according to proponents. Full Story
Measure N: Yes
Measure O: Too Close to Call
A ballot measure that would impose a tax on companies that drill for oil in the city was being narrowly defeated as election results continued to be tallied, and the final outcome might hinge a count of late and disputed ballots. Proposition O would charge companies $1.44 per barrel of oil extracted from wells in the city of Los Angeles, generating about $4.17 million in annual revenue. With votes still being counted early Wednesday, the proposition was losing, earning just more than 49 percent of the vote. It wasn't immediately known how many disputed, provisional and late ballots still remained to be tallied.
Measure P: Yes
Establishment of Contingency Reserve Fund
Measure Q: Yes