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City of Culver City
Measure CW - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


14,026 votes yes (74.14%)

4,893 votes no (25.86%)

100% of precincts reporting (25/25).

To protect public health/groundwater supplies and prevent toxins and pollutants from contaminating local waterways, creeks and beaches, by improving storm drains/infrastructure to capture/clean urban runoff; preserving open space; and complying with clean water laws, shall Culver City establish a $99 clean water parcel tax; generating approximately $2,000,000 annually until ended by voters, requiring independent audits, public oversight, low-income senior citizens discounts and local control of funds?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The Culver City City Council has placed Measure CW (Culver City Safe/Clean

Water Protection Measure) on the ballot, which would approve an ordinance

enacting a parcel tax on all improved property within the City of Culver City

beginning in Fiscal Year 2017-2018, for the purpose of funding implementation

of the City’s Enhanced Watershed Management Program (EWMP) Plan. This

type of tax is also commonly referred to as a “special tax.”A special tax is

imposed for a specific purpose and the tax proceeds must be used exclusively for

such purpose. The tax would be levied upon each parcel of property or

possessory interest. The amount of the parcel tax is not measured by the assessed


The EWMP Plan was adopted to address mandatory requirements of the City’s

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, issued

pursuant to State law, regulating discharge of pollutants into groundwater and

local waterways, including Ballona Creek and coastal waters.

If the measure is approved by voters, parcel tax proceeds would be collected each

fiscal year and deposited in a special fund entitled “Culver City Safe and Clean

Water Protection Measure” to be used exclusively for implementation of the

EWMP Plan, including but not limited to, financing the operation,

administration, maintenance, improvement, environmental restoration, upgrade

and replacement of existing and future storm drainage systems, on-site storm

water management systems, storm drain conveyance system upgrades, and

capital improvement projects.

The proposed parcel tax, if approved, would be $99 per parcel for single-family

residential parcels; $69 per dwelling unit for multi-family residential parcels; and

$1,096 per acre of land, or portion thereof, for non- residential parcels. The

ordinance provides for an appeals process if a property owner believes there is an

error warranting adjustment to the land use type, dwelling units or taxable

acreage. Public parcels, and parcels exempt from ad valorem taxes, are exempt

from the proposed parcel tax. The ordinance also provides a 50% reduction of

the parcel tax for qualifying senior citizens, as well as property tax assistance

under the Gonsalves-Deukmejian-Petris Senior Citizen’s Property Tax

Assistance Law.

Under Measure CW, the tax would be collected in the same manner and have

the same lien priority as ordinary ad valorem taxes; and would be included on the

secured property tax roll of the Los Angeles County Assessor. The ordinance

provides for a refund process if the parcel tax has been paid more than once, or

has been erroneously collected or received by the City. The parcel tax would be

subject to annual independent audits and annual review by the City’s Finance

Advisory Committee.

To be adopted, State law requires this Measure be approved by a 2/3 majority of

the voters. A “Yes” vote on Measure CW would adopt the ordinance enacting a

parcel tax on all improved property within the City of Culver City beginning

Fiscal Year 2017-2018 for the purpose of funding the implementation of the

City’s EWMP Plan. A “No” vote would not adopt the parcel tax.


Dated: August 12, 2016


City Attorney

City of Culver City

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure CW. If you desire a copy of the measure, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (310) 253-5851 or and a copy will be mailed or emailed to you at no charge. You may also access the text from the internet at




Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

YES ON CW, the Culver City Safe Clean Water Measure, is vital to protecting

our health, ensuring access to clean water, improving the environment,

providing open space, and avoiding costly fines and lawsuits.

Measure CW is needed because dangerous bacteria, pesticides, toxic chemicals,

oil, trash and other pollutants are carried by urban runoff and rainwater through

our streets, storm drains and into local waterways, like Ballona Creek and our

coastal waters. These pollutants threaten water supplies,harm fish and wildlife,

cause illness and infections for swimmers, and make beaches and waterways

unsafe. Culver City has good environmental track record that includes

preserving open space, cleaning streets and storm drains, and educating residents

and businesses to conserve water and reduce pollution. However, strict State and

Federal environmental protection laws require more rigorous prevention

measures. If we fail to meet these requirements,Culver City will be subject to

fines of up to $25,000 per day, and risk expensive lawsuits that could force cuts to

essential city services, like police and fire protection.

-Yes on Measure CW will raise funds for programs that prevent pollution and

toxic chemicals from reaching our waterways, ensuringthe health of our

residents and the environment.

-Projects will enhance open and green space to capture and naturally filter

stormwater and urban runoff, protecting our water supply, wildlife habitats,

Ballona Creek and Marina del Rey Harbor.

-Measure CW requires the Culver City Finance Advisory Committee to

oversee these funds, assuring transparency,accountability, and public 

oversight, including annual financial audits. All money will be controlled by

Culver City, and useexclusively to protect our local water supply.

-Without Safe Clean Water, Culver City may be forced to cut vital city services

to fund these mandatory programs.

We cannot rely on the County, State, or Federal Governments to take care of





Mayor, City of Culver City


Council Member, City of Culver City


Science & Policy Director, Heal the Bay


Ballona Creek Renaissance, President Emeritus


Physician/Urban Planner




Arguments AGAINST


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