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    Supervisor Knabe Says He's Voting "No" On Measure A (Proposed Half-Cent Sales Tax Hike For Public Safety Related Purposes) On Nov. 2 Ballot

    (October 29, 2004) -- L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe -- who in August provided the swing Board vote to put a proposed half-cent sales tax increase on the November 2 ballot for a vote of the people but has consistently stopped short of supporting the tax increase itself -- told today that he will vote "no" on Measure A when he casts his ballot in the November 2 election. asked Supervisor Knabe, who was attending the dedication of LB's newly upgraded Skylinks Golf Course, how he'll be voting on Measure A, which if passed by a 2/3 vote of the people on November 2 would raise L.A. County's sales tax to 8.75%, the highest in CA, for purposes it lists as public safety and homeland security related.

    Supervisor Knabe told, "I'm going to vote "no" on Measure A" and amplified on his position:

    I voted to put it on the ballot to let the people decide. I didn't support term limits but I voted to put it on the ballot.

    I just think that if we have our priorities squared away, Prop 172 was passed by the voters years ago for enhancement of public safety and instead they're taking whatever we get from that, taking it out the back door as general funds, so my feeling is there's money there, number one, and all we need is three [Bd. of Supervisor] votes to do that.

    But I think more importantly, a half-cent is a lot...And then the other part of it is, they didn't include fire, and that's a big one, particularly as it as it relates to the homeland security side.

    The proposed sales tax increase became a Board of Supervisors matter after L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca tried to put a petition-initiated sales tax increase for public safety on the ballot but came up short on signatures. Sheriff Baca then approached the Board of Supervisors to put the measure on the ballot...which the Board did (4-1, Antonovich dissenting) after making some changes.

    Supervisor Knabe, whose district includes LB, stressed at the time that his Board vote to put it on the ballot was to let the public decide, and was not his endorsement of the measure itself.

    Measure A is supported by Sheriff Baca, LBPD Chief Anthony Batts, numerous law enforcement officials and area City Halls.

    In January 2004, LB's City Council was the first to go on record supporting Sheriff Baca's petition initiated sales tax increase proposal. LB's Council resolution noted that if the voters countywide approve the measure, LB City Hall stands to receive $21 million a year.

    Measure A is opposed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the LB Area Chamber of Commerce.

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