Ballot Measures

Measure V To improve local access to affordable higher education for high school graduates/ adults/ veterans; improve education/ career training in math, science, writing, arts, business; shall Santa Monica Community College District issue $345,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with citizens oversight/ annual audits, to repair, upgrade, construct, modernize, equip facilities for technology, science/ biotech, college readiness; repair aging, leaky classrooms, remove asbestos, upgrade disabled access, seismic and campus safety? Read More About Measure V

Measure SM Shall Article XXII of the City Charter be amended to, among other things: expand the prohibition against kickbacks as rewards for certain official actions, create an exemption for volunteers serving certain City-funded non-profits, clarify the application of the Article’s prohibitions, the City Attorney's authority and enforcement responsibilities, and the scope of available remedies? Read More About Measure SM

Measure GS ADVISORY VOTE ONLY: If a local transactions and use tax is enacted in Santa Monica, should half its revenue be used to improve and maintain local public schools, including attracting and retaining high-quality teachers, expanding access to pre-schools, assisting at-risk students, and improving school technology, arts, music, math, and science instruction; and half to help preserve and ensure housing in Santa Monica that is affordable, protect residents from displacement by rising housing costs, and reduce homelessness? Read More About Measure GS

Measure GSH To maintain and improve Santa Monica community services including support for preservation of affordable housing, reducing homelessness, school repair and improvement, education of Santa Monica children and students, and other general fund services, shall an ordinance be adopted to enact a Santa Monica one-half percent Santa Monica's transactions and use tax, subject to independent annual audits, all funds used locally, no money going to Sacramento, raising approximately $16 million annually, until ended by the voters? Read More About Measure GSH

Measure LV Shall the City's General Plan and Municipal Code be amended to require: a new permit process for major development projects exceeding base sizes or heights of 32-36 feet, with exceptions such as single unit dwellings and some affordable housing projects; voter approval of major development projects and development agreements, excluding affordable housing and moderate income and senior housing projects, among others; and voter approval of changes to City land use and planning policy documents? Read More About Measure LV

City Attorney Accountability Initiative An initiative measure amending the City Charter to require an elected City Attorney. Petitions for this initiative were not filed within the allowed time and will not be placed in the November 8, 2016 ballot. Read More About City Attorney Accountability Initiative

Utility Users Initiative An initiative measure repealing Santa Monica Municipal Code Chapter 6.72 which established the Utility Users Tax. Petitions for this initiative were not filed within the allowed time and will not be placed in the November 8, 2016 ballot. Read More About Utility Users Initiative

Measure FS Shall the City Charter be amended to establish a maximum annual registration fee of up to $288 per controlled rental unit and to limit the amount that landlords may pass through to tenants to 50% of the registration fee? Read More About Measure FS

Measure LC Shall the City Charter be amended to: (1) prohibit new development on Airport land, except for parks, public open spaces and public recreational facilities, until the voters approve limits on the uses and development that may occur on the land; and (2) affirm the City Council's authority to manage the Airport and to close all or part of it? Read More About Measure LC

Measure HH ADVISORY VOTE ONLY: If the proposed transfer tax on commercial and non-commercial real estate sales is approved by voters, should the revenue be used to preserve, repair, renovate and construct affordable housing for low-income people who work or live in Santa Monica, including seniors, veterans, working families and persons with disabilities? Read More About Measure HH

Measure H Shall an ordinance be adopted that amends the real estate transfer tax so that for commercial and non-commercial real estate sold for one million dollars or more, the tax rate would be $9 for each thousand dollars of sales price? Read More About Measure H

Medical Marijuana Initiative An initiative measure amending the Municipal Code to allow two medical marijuana collectives to operate in the City of Santa Monica, establishing a priority for prospective operators who already posses specific types of business licenses, and imposing operational restrictions on collectives, including restrictions on location and hours of operation. Initiative not placed in the 2014 ballot. Read More About Medical Marijuana Initiative

Bergamot Transit Village / Hines Development Agreement Referendum Ordinance 2454 (CCS) was repealed during the May 13, 2014 City Council meeting. Read More About Bergamot Transit Village / Hines Development Agreement Referendum

Measure D Shall the Santa Monica City Charter be amended to require the City to continue to operate the Santa Monica Airport in a manner that supports its aviation uses unless the voters approve the Airport’s closure or change in use, and until that voter approval occurs, the City shall be prohibited from imposing additional restrictions on aviation support services to tenants and airport users that inhibit fuel sales or the full use of aviation facilities? Read More About Measure D

Measure GA Shall the City Charter be amended to allow the annual rent control general adjustment to be based on 75% of the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index, but limited to an adjustment between 0% and 6%; and to give the Rent Control Board discretion, after a public hearing, to impose a dollar limit, within the 0-6% range, calculated using the same formula employed when imposing a limit under the existing general adjustment formula? Read More About Measure GA

Measure ES LOCAL SCHOOL MODERNIZATION, ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT AND EARTHQUAKE AND FIRE SAFETY BOND. To improve academic instruction and school safety by modernizing high school classrooms and campuses, repairing aging elementary schools, ensuring every school meets current earthquake and fire safety standards to protect students, and constructing, acquiring, modernizing, and/or repairing classrooms, sites, facilities, equipment, computers, and learning technology to raise student achievement, shall the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District issue $385,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent fiscal oversight, mandatory audits, and all funds for Santa Monica and Malibu schools? Read More About Measure ES