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Measure J: Funding low-income areas, affordable housing, capital access, mental health services, jobs.

This is a community investment and serves as a purpose of alternatives to incarceration to prevent existing incarceration rates.  If providing these services with the measure, it would theoretically decrease crime rate, the resources would shift from criminal justice to other services. Los Angeles County would allocate 10% of the fund budget to serve these programs for low-income communities. Misconceptions about Measure J are taxes being raised due to this measure; false due to retributing tax-revenue to other alternative programs than the criminal justice agencies.  Funding into alternative programs instead of incarceration could help the deep root of the crime and aid those in need of services that do not have equal opportunity. 

For- People who support Measure J include Patty Quillin and Nicole Shanahan and the ACLU of Southern California.

Against- People opposed to Measure J are Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs and the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association.

Measure K: Impose a term limit for all districts beginning December 2020 and reduce the total salary for each member of the Board of Supervisors.

This would limit the elected office of County Supervisor to one 4-year term, and establish a maximum compensation of the County Supervisor to $5,000 that would include salary and benefits.

For- Nadia Renner, Thomas O. Murphy, Angelica Montoya, David Friedman, Sylvia Robles. The argument for the support is that the Board of Supervisors are obligated to their financial backers, and that they ignore voters. It also says that the initiative will limit the supervisor’s money from $250,000- six times the median income of most San Bernardino workers- down to $5000.

Against- San Bernardino County Democratic Party, San Bernardino Republican Party, SEIU Local 721 Union, SEIU Local 215 Union. The argument against is that the measure wouldn’t prevent supervisors from imposing new interests, reduce the authority granted to non-elected county CEO positions, or eliminate multi-million dollar legal settlements.

Measure R: Improve safety, improve city services, preserve fire and emergency responses, repairing streets/roads, local controlled funding for Adelanto.

A vacant property tax measure would enact a $50 per acre tax on vacant parcels (typically owned by out-of-town individuals or corporations, not local residents). Raise $6.2 million a year to help increase emergency response time, crime prevention, replace water pipes, improve streets, and clean public areas.

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Measure O: Sales tax, retail, Apple Valley, economic decline, law enforcement.

Will increase sales tax by 1% to generate $7 million annually to be used on local government funding, hosting community events, law enforcement,  construction, and provide resources for future crisis and preparedness.

For- Entire town council, community leaders, Apple Valley residents, organizations. Measure O is adding a 1% sales tax to retail transactions that will go directly to the town of Apple Valley. The people who approve this measure to raise the sales tax say that it will help and be used to build sports fields and add more sheriff deputies.

Against- Apple Valley residents, Greg Raven. Those who oppose the measure explain that the government wants to raise the sales tax by 1% because of the economic decline brought on by COVID. Co-chair of Apple Valley Citizens for Government Accountability Greg Raven also opposes this measure and says that he is concerned about the quality of life issues.

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