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Gimme an O, Gimme an A

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While the results of the presidential election may not be known just yet (despite what Fox News is reporting), two local measures have been decided by LA voters.

Voters in the City of LA overwhelmingly supported Proposition O, a $500 million bond measure to fund projects that will prevent ocean and beach pollution and put us in compliance with the federal Clean Water Act. The Los Angeles Times described Prop. O as “unexciting, expensive, [and] necessary.” Apparently, voters agreed. The bonds will be paid for by property taxes.

Measure A, which needed approval from two-thirds of County voters, would have increased the sales tax by 1⁄2 cent to fund 5,000 new police officers. Voters seem to have been unconvinced of the merits of this proposal, which would have increased the County’s sales tax to 8.75%, the highest in the state. After all, this is LA, the city upon which Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was based…who needs more cops?