Measure J would set aside at least ten percent (10%) of the County's locally-generated unrestricted revenues in the general fund, as determined annually in the budget process or as set forth in the County's Code or regulations, to be annually allocated towards the following two primary purposes:
1. Direct Community Investment, including:
- Community-based youth development programs;
- Job training and jobs to low-income residents;
- Access to capital for small minority-owned businesses;
- Rent assistance, housing vouchers and supportive services to those at-risk of losing their housing or without stable housing; and
- Capital funding for transitional housing, affordable housing, supportive housing and restorative care villages.
2. Alternatives to Incarceration, including:
- Community-based restorative justice programs;
- Pre-trial non-custody services and treatment;
- Community-based health services, such as counseling, wellness and prevention programs, mental health and substance use disorder services; and
- Non-custodial diversion and reentry programs.
Measure J would also prohibit the set-aside revenues from being used for any carceral system or law enforcement agencies, including the County's Sheriff's Department, District Attorney, Probation Department, or the Los Angeles County Superior Courts, and would prevent redistribution of funds through those entities.
The measure would enable set-aside revenues to phase in over a three-year period beginning on July 1, 2021, to the full set-aside amount by June 30, 2024. The measure requires the Board to establish an inclusive and transparent process for the allocation of the set-aside funds. While the measure, if approved by the voters, may be repealed only by a subsequent vote of the electorate on an amendment to the Los Angeles County Charter, the Board may, by a four-fifths vote, reduce the set-aside in the event of a declared fiscal emergency that threatens the County's ability to fund mandated programs.
Source: County Counsel's Impartial Analysis of Measure J