Skip to Content
Streetsblog California home
Streetsblog California home
Log In
Police

County Approves Reimagine L.A., Funding Shift Measure Will Be on November Ballot

Third approval's a charm. Today, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted their third and final approval for the Reimagine L.A. initiative. This puts the initiative to L.A. County voters in this November's election. If approved by voters, Reimagine L.A. would permanently shift ten percent of L.A. County unrestricted funding away from law enforcement and to community services and programs.

Reimagine L.A. is one of a number of pushes locally to respond to Black Lives Matter protest demands to defund the police. Metro is taking steps toward shifting resources toward services and away from armed law enforcement. L.A. City and a few smaller cities have some initiatives that would also shift some funding.

Reimagine L.A. would shift about one billion dollars in locally-generated unrestricted county funding, though the shift would be phased in through 2024. Funding would be restricted from going to the broader law enforcement system, including the Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, County Superior Courts, and the Probation Department. Funding would shift to community counseling, mental health services, youth development programs, small businesses, job creation, and affordable housing.

As with last week's vote and the week before, the item was approved by Supervisors Hilda Solis, Sheila Kuehl, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Janice Hahn. Supervisor Kathryn Barger was the sole vote in opposition.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog California

Strategizing About Reduced Funding in the Active Transportation Program

Funding for Cycle 7 of the Active Transportation Program is less than $200 million, and already there have been requests for fifteen times the amount of available funding

July 18, 2024

This Heat Wave Is a Car Dependency Problem

Our quickly warming planet has a unique impact on people who don't or can't drive — and we need policy action to protect their health.

July 18, 2024

We Need to Stop Killing People On Our Roads; A New ‘Bikes Belong’ Campaign Could Help

A ground-breaking campaign in the 90s helped deliver the federal money America needed to fund active transportation infrastructure. Is it time to re-launch it?

July 18, 2024

Eyes on the Street: Hollywood Boulevard Bike Lanes are Open

The Hollywood bike lanes project, already very much in use, is also already being criticized by commenters at Nextdoor and other social media

July 18, 2024

Eyes on the Street: Vincent Bikeway is Coming Together

The new waterway bike/walk path - with on-street connections - is expected to open later this year

July 18, 2024
See all posts