Web Editor:Mike Eng
Why not vote no to a one quarter percent increase to the sales tax on purchases in all of L.A. County which requires a whopping TWO THIRDS majority to pass? You won't find any arguments against Measure H on your March 7 ballot because no one submitted any arguments against it in the official ballot statements. Hard to imagine in this climate of oppositional politics. But read on...The arguments in favor? If you want "just the facts" read this impartial analysis of Measure H by Mary Wickam, County Counsel: "Proceeds from the Tax will be used to generate ongoing funding to prevent and combat homelessness with L.A. County including funding mental health, substance abuse treatment, health care, education, job training, rental and housing subsidies, case management and services, emergency and affordable housing, transportation, outreach, prevention, and supportive services for homeless children, families, foster youth, veterans, battered women, seniors, disabled individuals, and other homeless adults..."My community college district surveyed some of the 225,000 students that go home every night to dozens of cities that make up half or the 5 million residents of Los Angeles County. They were asked about their housing, hunger, transportation, and mental health needs. This is what we know about their housing status: ONE OUT OF SEVEN STUDENTS is either homeless or insecure about where they will live each night. That's almost 15% of our student body. Experts say this is not surprising given that fact that community college students live "in the community" and the highest rates of homelessness are in the age group largest impacted in L.A. county: ages 25 to 54.That's why I am urging a YES ON MEASURE H.