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Sacramento Children’s Fund: What is Measure L?

In July of 2022, the City Council voted to place Measure L on the ballot. On November 8th, 62% of voters approved the measure. This measure establishes the Sacramento Children’s Fund and will require the City to spend the equivalent of 40% of its local cannabis tax revenues (CBOT) on child and youth services. Measure L funded programs will prioritize children and youth most impacted by poverty, violence, and trauma.

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Section 1

Summary: The measure establishes the Sacramento Children’s Fund, which shall be maintained separately from the general fund. It also establishes a nine-member Sacramento Children’s Fund Planning and Oversight Committee, which will develop Five-Year Strategic Investment Plans, review performance and evaluation reports, and make recommendations to the city council. These funds may only be used to engage qualified organizations to provide youth services in accordance with the current Five-Year Strategic Investment Plan, plus allowable administrative costs. The city shall select qualified organizations to receive Sacramento Children’s Fund money based on an open, transparent, and competitive process.

What are the goals of Measure L?

  1. Prevent and reduce child and youth homelessness

  2. Support the mental and emotional health of children and youth

  3. Prevent youth violence

  4. Prevent and reduce youth substance abuse

  5. Support the healthy development of children ages 0 to 5

Where does the money for Measure L come from?
Measure L funds will come from local cannabis tax revenues (CBOT). Specifically, 40% of the City’s annual CBOT will be diverted to Measure L.

Does the Sacramento Children’s Fund supplant baseline funding?
No. The Fund provides additional funding on top of the City’s existing budget allocations toward youth development programs.

How can I become a Commissioner with the Sacramento Children’s Fund Planning + Oversight Commission?
Visit this webpage and scroll to the “Board Seats” section. If any Seat is accepting applications, it will be notated here. You can apply to vacant seats for which you qualify here

What is a Strategic Investment Plan?

A Strategic Investment Plan, or SIP, is a planning document that outlines priorities and considerations related to how the City will invest available funds in the community in ways that align with the Measure.

Where can I view the current Five-Year Strategic Investment Plan?
The first Five-Year Strategic Investment Plan will be developed in a process that will begin at the end of calendar year 2023.

I am a youth, where can I find the services provided by Measure L?
No services are being provided yet. We are in the strategic planning phase.

Section II

Summary: This Measure amends the City of Sacramento charter to include the “Sacramento Children and Youth Health and Safety Act” (the “Act”). The chief purpose of this Act is to establish the Sacramento Children’s Fund to support positive youth development and youth violence prevention programs – such as services for homeless youth and foster children; mental health counseling; substance-abuse treatment, prevention, and early intervention; and after-school activities – for children and youth less than 25 years old.

What is the Citywide Youth Plan?
The creation of a Citywide Youth Development Plan & Framework for Children and Youth Programs (“Youth Plan”) established expectations and indicators of high-quality youth development experiences and programs. The original directive from City Council was to develop a plan to strengthen City youth programs by designing a Framework “to strengthen services for Sacramento’s children and youth through a strong alignment across all programs and a focus on quality which will, in turn, increase program participants’ chances of success in school career, and life.” The Citywide Youth Plan was adopted by City Council in December of 2017. Read the full Plan

How does the Act relate to the Citywide Youth Plan?
As with all City-supported programs for youth, funded organizations and their programs must align with the Youth Plan.

Why does the Act include programs for people over the age of 18?
“Youth” is a term used to define a transitional stage between childhood and adulthood, and while there is no standard age at which this transition ends, emotional and cognitive developmental shifts continue into a person’s early 20s.