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March 8 Ballot Measure Results



    March 8 Ballot Measure Results
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    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.

    LA City Elections: Full Results

    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

    Campaign Finance

    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

    Employment Provisions