Increases permit length for water-based businesses
This post contains the personal research of a local LA resident (bio at the bottom). She summed up her own research and is sharing it in the hope that her summary and reasoning helps others make their own decisions about how to vote (rather than just randomly filling in Yes or No).
This post is not sponsored in any way, but it is liberally biased.
The following measure will appear on the ballot of anyone in the CITY of Los Angeles.
Allows the city to issue permits/franchises to water-related businesses for an increased length of 66 years (currently the maximum is 50 years).
(But honestly, I don’t really care.)
State law protects the public’s right to use ocean areas for commerce, fishing, boating, chilling out, and whatever else. The city of Los Angeles is entrusted with the rights to LA ocean and beach areas, to ensure this law is followed. As a result, the city is also responsible for issuing permits, leases and franchises to any businesses involved in those areas, up to a maximum of 50 years.
In 2015, California voted to increase that timespan to 66 years. However, the city charter still says 50 years, so it’s at odds with the state law. So now we’re just cleaning up the city charter to match the state rule.
I mean, I’m down for officials to clean laws and all—but overall it’s a huge waste of time to include something so trivial and poorly written on the ballot. None of the public has any idea what the measure is saying (seriously, try reading it), and it doesn’t really affect like 99.9% of residents (or more).
Honestly, the mere existence of this measure puts me in a bad mood.
How The Parties Are Voting
The Republican Party has not issued an endorsement for or against this Measure.
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About the author:
Just want to give a little background so you can get a feel for who I am and whether you might be interested in voting similarly to me. I’m a first generation American (English parents), I went to public school in Santa Monica, and later attended UC Berkeley. I’m in my early 30s, currently am a renter in Venice Beach, and own a small business in Los Angeles.
I’ve never been very political, but the election results of 2016 have really compelled me to get informed and involved. In the past I have voted quite liberally, both financially and socially. However, I voted for Hillary in the primaries (rather than Bernie), so I wouldn’t say I’m super far left.
I’m always open to hearing new facts and opinions, as long as they are presented in a respectful manner. So feel free to comment.
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