Partnership votes to oppose LA County Percent for Arts Ordinance, supports two major water bills
IRWINDALE - This week, the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership's Legislative Action Committee voted to oppose the proposed LA County Percent for Arts Ordinance, a measure that would place a 1% project valuation fee on new development for the creation of art in LA County. This fee only increases the cost of housing at a time when new housing construction is desperately needed in the region.
"Homelessness rose by 12% last year in Los Angeles County," said Bill Manis, Partnership President & CEO. "Here in the San Gabriel Valley, homelessness was up by 24%. We need more housing for people at all income levels and this County arts fee only makes new housing more expensive."
The Partnership supports exempting housing and residential development from the proposed fee.
The Partnership also voted to support AB 2246 (Mayes), a bill sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California which exempts the agency from the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 in order to make repairs to the Colorado River Aqueduct and other key conveyance infrastructure in the state. Another bill supported by the Partnership was SB 996 (Portantino) which creates a new program under the State Water Resources Control Board to monitor new potential contaminants in drinking water supplies.
If there are any questions regarding these positions, please contact Brad Jensen, Director of Public Policy at (626) 856-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.