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FAQs for Measure L, Measure M, Measure N and Measure O

Measure L: Sacramento Children and Youth Health and Safety Act

Q: What is Measure L?

Measure L would establish a Sacramento Children’s Fund to support youth development and youth violence prevention programs for children and youth less than 25 years old.

Q: How did it get on the ballot?

The Sacramento City Council placed Measure L on the ballot.

Q: What would Measure L do if passed?

The measure would require an annual minimum allocation from the City’s General Fund to the Sacramento Children’s Fund. This allocation would be the equivalent of 40% of the cannabis business operations tax revenue. The measure also would require the annual City Council-adopted budget to include a “maintenance of effort” amount for youth services, which must be at least as much as the City expended on youth services in the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

In addition, the measure would create a new nine-member Sacramento Children’s Fund Oversight Commission. The commission, which must be supported by City staff, would be responsible for developing and reviewing strategic investment plans, annual service performance reports and periodic youth impact evaluation reports.

Q: What can the Sacramento Children’s Fund be used for?

Money in the proposed Sacramento Children’s Fund may only be used to engage qualified organizations (non-profits or public agencies) to provide “youth services” in accordance with a Commission-developed and Council-adopted strategic plan. “Youth services” include mental health counseling and wellness services; substance abuse prevention services; street outreach, violence intervention, and case management; youth workforce development; summer and after-school programs; and early childhood education and family support services.

Q: How does Measure L differ from the way the City currently funds youth development and youth violence prevention programs?

The City currently is not required to allocate a specified portion from the General Fund to annually be spent on youth programs and services, nor is it required to use a certain amount from the General Fund to maintain previously provided levels of youth services.

Click here to read the full impartial analysis of Measure L from the City Attorney’s Office.

Measure M: Redistricting Map Implementation

Q: What is Measure M?

Measure M would amend the Sacramento City Charter related to the implementation of newly adopted redistricting maps.

Q: How did it get on the ballot?

The Sacramento City Council placed Measure M on the ballot.

Q: What would Measure M do if passed?

Measure M is a clarification regarding Council district boundary map implementation.

To comply with federal and state law, the City of Sacramento must redraw Council district boundaries after each regular decennial United States Census. Under the Sacramento City Charter, the Sacramento Independent Redistricting Commission is responsible for adopting Council district boundary maps.

The core purpose of a Council district boundary map is to establish boundaries for Councilmember elections. The Sacramento City Charter currently provides that a newly adopted boundary map is “effective immediately upon adoption.”

Measure M would delete this general language and would insert new language to explain in more detail how a newly adopted map gets implemented. That is, a new map is effective for use in the next upcoming regular Councilmember election, and then the election cycles that follow thereafter.

Click here to read the full impartial analysis of Measure M from the City’s Attorney’s Office.

Measure N: Sacramento Tourism and Economic Development Facilities Update of 2022

Q: What is Measure N?

Measure N amends the Sacramento City Code relating to the use of transient occupancy tax receipts.

Q: How did it get on the ballot?

The Sacramento City Council placed Measure N on the ballot.

Q: What will Measure N do if passed?

The City of Sacramento has a “transient occupancy tax,” which is commonly also known as a “hotel tax,” “bed tax,” or “TOT.” It is a tax paid by persons staying less than 31 consecutive days at hotels, motels, inns, short-term rentals and similar establishments.

Although imposed at a single rate of 12%, the TOT is a combination of special taxes (10%) and a general tax (2%). The revenues from the 2% general tax are placed in the City’s General Fund to be used for any governmental purpose. However, under the current Sacramento City Code, the majority of the remaining 10% special taxes must be used exclusively for “public assembly and convention halls,” “public off-street parking facilities” or related site improvements. Those limitations first were enacted in 1964 and have remained unchanged since.

Measure N would expand the described eligible uses of the TOT special taxes. In addition to the uses described above, TOT revenues could be used for “[e]conomic development projects to create local jobs,” “visitor-serving facilities that promote tourism, economic development, and other activities that bolster the local economy” and “theatre and arts venues.”

Click here to read the full impartial analysis of Measure N from the City’s Attorney’s Office.

Measure O: Emergency Shelter and Enforcement Act of 2022

Q: What is Measure O?

Measure O is an ordinance adding a chapter to the Sacramento City Code to address homelessness in the city. Measure O would not be operative unless the City and the County of Sacramento enter into a legally binding partnership agreement that memorializes their respective roles in addressing homelessness.

Q: How did it get on the ballot?

The Sacramento City Council placed Measure O on the ballot.

Q: What will Measure O do if passed in terms of emergency shelter?

The measure directs the City Manager to authorize new emergency shelter spaces equal to at least 12% of the estimated number of unsheltered homeless individuals in the city. After that, authorization of additional spaces is contingent upon 60% utilization of then-existing spaces. The City staff also must perform regular outreach to unsheltered individuals.

Q: What will it do in terms of enforcement?

The measure provides that “unlawful camping” on public property may not be enforced against any person until all the following have occurred: the City Manager has authorized the requisite number of emergency shelter spaces; an emergency shelter space for the person is available; the City has offered that emergency shelter space; and the person has rejected the offer and refuses to move from the public property.

The measure makes it unlawful and a public nuisance to do the following in an encampment located on any public or private property: camp, occupy camp facilities, or use camp paraphernalia; or accumulate or fail to properly dispose of waste. (An encampment is defined as four or more persons camping together or within 50 feet of each other, without permitted power, water or bathrooms.)

Q: What does Measure O do for residents affected by unlawful camping or storage?

The measure creates a mechanism for residents harmed by unlawful camping or unlawful storage on City-owned property to commence abatement proceedings against the City. If the City is ordered to abate a nuisance, the resident who initiated the action could recover their costs and attorney's fees.

Q: How would implementation of the measure be funded?

The measure directs the City Manager to fund the commitments, obligations and liabilities created by the ordinance first from external sources (e.g., the State of California). If those are insufficient, the City Manager shall annually allocate up to 50% of unobligated General Fund year-end resources, not to exceed $5 million.

Q: How does Measure O differ from the way the City currently identifies and authorizes emergency shelter spaces?

Under existing City Code, there currently is no obligation for the City to identify or authorize emergency shelter spaces.

Click here to read the full impartial analysis of Measure O from the City’s Attorney’s Office.

 

These FAQs were created by the City of Sacramento’s Media and Communication’s Office from the Sacramento City Attorney’s impartial analyses on the measures.