LOS ANGELES - The City Council unanimously approved a resolution today that supports Proposition 1, a statewide ballot initiative that seeks to provide $7.55 billion in support of water quality, water supply and infrastructure projects consistent with the City's local sustainability objectives, Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Felipe Fuentes announced today.
According to the Resolution [COUNCIL FILE], Proposition 1 seeks to provide funding to support clean, safe and reliable drinking water projects. The plan provides funding for watershed protection and restoration projects, including a likelihood for improvements along the Los Angeles River.
“The long-term benefits of Proposition 1 will be felt by our own residents for generations,” said O’Farrell, Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and the Los Angeles River Committee. “Proposition 1 will have an impact on our quality of life, our environment and ecosystem, including our wildlife. It is also a job creator, which will, in turn, help improve our local economy.”
In addition, the measure seeks to allocate funding for water conservation and water-use efficiency projects; including stormwater capture and groundwater remediation efforts to increase water supply.
"Cleaning up the contaminated groundwater in the San Fernando Basin is critical to the development of Los Angeles' local water supply," said Fuentes, Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee. "Proposition 1 can provide the funding we need to ensure that we don't lose this important local resource."
In November 2009, the legislature passed the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010 which consisted of $11.14 billion in general obligation bonds to fund various statewide water resources programs and projects. The measure was placed on the November 2010 statewide ballot for voter consideration. Given concerns of the lagging economy and statewide voter support, the measure's consideration was twice delayed. It was initially delayed to the November 2012 statewide ballot; and then ultimately delayed to November 2014.
The original resolution was seconded by Councilmember Mike Bonin. The Council vote today officially includes the City’s position on this topic in its 2013-2014 State Legislative Program.
Voters will decide on Proposition one on the November 4, 2014 statewide general election ballot.