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Garden Grove Measure O Information

September 7, 2018 |

On Tuesday, July 24, 2018, the Garden Grove City Council voted to place Measure O on the November 2018 ballot. Measure O is a proposed local, one-cent (1%) sales tax which, if enacted, would provide a reliable source of locally-controlled revenue for Garden Grove’s public safety and quality-of-life services.

Garden Grove is an amazing city with an excellent quality-of-life. But unfortunately, Sacramento politicians have taken millions from our City to solve their own problems -- impacting our ability to continue delivering high-quality services over the long term. Furthermore, Sacramento’s expensive mandates without the funding to implement them have continually cost Garden Grove local funding. Finally, the State’s decision to release prisoners and cut law enforcement has exacerbated homelessness and risked Garden Grove residents and property. These unfunded and unworkable mandates threaten our excellent quality-of-life.

Image of police officers taking a photo with local students.

The Garden Grove City Council placed Measure O on the local ballot to address these historic state takeaways and mandates and secure a reliable, locally-controlled funding source. If approved by voters, Measure O would provide funding for community priorities, including:

  • Maintaining 9-1-1 emergency response times and neighborhood police patrols
  • Protecting local drinking water supplies
  • Fighting gangs and drugs
  • Preventing cuts to the number of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics
  • Addressing homelessness

Fast response times to 9-1-1 calls are critical to saving lives. The American Heart Association© says that brain deterioration starts six minutes after a person stops breathing, but our local fire department can only meet that standard 38% of the time because they are stretched too thin. If approved by voters, Measure O would provide funds to maintain 9-1-1 emergency response times and prevent cuts to the number of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics.

Measure O would also fund important quality-of-life services. If enacted by voters, Measure O would provide locally-controlled funds to make sure Garden Grove can maintain public safety, repair roads and streets, fix potholes, and keep neighborhood parks clean and safe.

Measure O requires strict accountability, including an independent oversight committee and annual independent audits, and regular reports back to the community. Measure O funds cannot be taken by the State and can only be used in Garden Grove for local community priorities.

Registration and Vote-By-Mail Information

If you are not yet registered to vote and you wish to do so, you may do so securely by visiting: registertovote.ca.gov. You must register to vote by Monday, October 22, 2018 in order to participate in the election.

Ballots for Vote-By-Mail voters will be sent out starting Monday, October 8, 2018. If you have not received your ballot by Monday, October 15, 2018, please call the Orange County Registrar of Voters at: (714) 567-7600.

If you are voting by mail, your ballot must be postmarked on or by Election Day (Tuesday, November 6, 2018). Your Ballot must be received by Friday, November 9, 2018 in order to be counted.

Your completed mail ballot may be returned to any Orange County Polling Place on Election Day, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If you are not a Vote-By-Mail voter, and you wish to become one, you may request a Vote-By-Mail ballot by visiting: ocvote.com/?id=32. You must request your Vote-By-Mail ballot on or by Tuesday, October 30, 2018. For more information, please call the Orange County Registrar of Voters at: (714) 567-7600.

Voting and Polling Place Information

You may vote in person on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For your polling place and sample ballot, Visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters at:
ocvote.com/registration/verify-your-voter-registration

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