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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections

City of Hawthorne
Measure HH - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


2,745 votes yes (68.9%)

1,239 votes no (31.1%)

100% of precincts reporting (13/13).

0.75% Transaction & Use Tax to Fund General Services
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To fund general city services, such as police, fire, senior services, streets, parks, paramedics, 9-1-1, anti-gang units, and other general city services , shall the City of Hawthorne Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance of 2017 be approved, imposing a 0.75% transactions and use (sales) tax, with annual audit and appointment of a Citizen's Oversight Committee, to be collected until repealed by the voters or the City Council and estimated to raise approximately $8.5 million per year?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Russell Miyahira, City Attorney, City of Hawthorne

If approved by a majority of voters, this measure would impose a three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) transactions and use tax in the City of Hawthorne. This sort of tax is commonly referred to by members of the public as a “local sales tax.” On a $100 sale of taxable goods, the total new tax would be seventy-five cents. This is in addition to existing state, county, and municipal sales and use taxes.

The transactions and use tax would generally be collected by retailers along with existing sales taxes or payable to the State Board of Equalization along with the existing use taxes. Generally, transactions that are exempt from the statewide sales tax (or the statewide use tax) are also exempt from the new tax. Therefore, the tax would not apply to most sales of unheated food from grocery stores and other stores; to most sales of prescription medicines; to sales of gas, electricity, or water; to charges for most services; or to sales of real property. Sales and leases of vehicles, vessels and aircraft, would be taxed not based on the point of sale, but based on the location where the vehicle, vessel or aircraft will be registered.

The tax would be administered for the City by the State Board of Equalization. Proceeds of the tax, aside from administrative expenses retained by the State Board of Equalization, would be available to the City for any lawful municipal purpose. Examples of permissible municipal expenditures include police, fire, senior services, streets, parks, paramedics, 9-1-1, and anti-gang units.

The measure requires an independent annual financial audit of the revenue generated by this measure. The measure also requires the appointment of a Citizen’s Oversight Committee, which would review the annual audit and make recommendations to the City Council.

Collection of the tax would begin on April 1, 2018. Collection would continue unless the tax is repealed by the City Council or by the voters. The tax is anticipated to generate $8.5 Million in revenue per year.

This measure was placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of Hawthorne. A “yes” vote is a vote to approve the City of Hawthorne Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance of 2017, which would impose the tax. A “no” vote is a vote against Ordinance.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure HH. If you desire a copy of the City of Hawthorne Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance of 2017, please call the Office of the City Clerk at 310-349-2915 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Hawthorne Vital City Services and Public Safety Protection Measure

Measure HH will provide vital funding for the City of Hawthorne to maintain local police and fire protection, paramedics, 9-1-1 emergency response times, anti-gang and anti-drug police units; repair streets, potholes, and street lights; trim trees; reduce homelessness; remove graffiti; protect drinking water supplies; and prevent cuts to programs for seniors, youth, and parks.


Most calls to the Fire Department are related to medical emergencies. Future reductions to fire services could result in some neighborhoods experiencing longer response times. This measure will keep fire stations open, and ensure firefighters and paramedics can quickly respond to emergencies and save lives.


Right now, the Hawthorne Police Department is operating with far fewer officers than recommended, and that number could rise as our population grows. Measure HH provides vital funding to retain and recruit officers so neighborhoods and streets are safer, community policing expands, and emergency response times improve.

YES on Measure HH prevents dangerous cuts to neighborhood and school patrols, understaffed anti-gang units, and crime prevention programs that keep kids off the streets and out of trouble.


YES on Measure HH funds critical road repairs, including repaving and pothole filling, fixing sidewalks and street lights, trimming trees, and keeping parks open and clean. It also funds programs protecting our drinking water supplies, removing graffiti, reducing homelessness, and engaging our seniors and youth.


Measure HH includes strict accountability—annual independent financial audits and a Citizen’s Oversight Committee. All funds will remain in the City of Hawthorne, and cannot be taken by the State. These fiscal safeguards will ensure funds are used efficiently, effectively, and as promised.

Join Hawthorne Police, Firefighters and Emergency Responders, Small Businesses, Neighborhood and Community Leaders: Vote YES on Measure HH.

          Hawthorne Police Officers Association President

          GARY PARSONS
          Hawthorne City Councilmember (Ret.)

          DARLENE LOVE
          Hawthorne Senior Citizens Commissioner

          North Hawthorne Home Owners Association

          Hawthorne Business Owner, South Bay Ford

— Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Arguments AGAINST


— Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
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