For the next few weeks, leading up to the March 7 Los Angeles municipal election, people[PLACES]spaces will be running a series of posts about Measure S (also known by the dubious and offensive name “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative”), and why its passage would be dangerous and destructive. We’ve been on the record in opposition to Measure S for quite some time. So rather than repeat our own words in new combinations, this series will focus on bringing you the voices of others, from a variety of viewpoints, to highlight the broad range of Angelenos who have lined up in opposition to Measure S.
Way back in March of 2016–when most of us still thought the prospect of a nominee Trump was laughable–Shane Phillips first posted the “Top 7 Reasons to Oppose the Los Angeles ‘Neighborhood Integrity Initiative’” on his website Better Institutions. And to this day, nearly a year later, it still holds up as one of the best explanations of the dangers and shortcomings of what is now known as Measure S. Phillips recently updated his “Top 7 Reasons” with more recent data and supporting information, and I encourage everyone to read it here:
It’s a long read, but it is more than worth your time. Phillips’ fastidious research and ample supporting documentation handily dismantles every argument of Measure S proponents. Rather than “saving” our neighborhoods (whatever than means) as proponents promise, Phillips documents how passage of Measure S would exacerbate LA’s housing crisis, promote sprawl, increase strain our already struggling infrastructure, and intensify traffic congestion. Perhaps worst of all, Measure S is a “fundamentally pessimistic vision for LA’s future.”
So what are you waiting for? Go read about all 7 reasons now! If you only read one more article about Measure S, make it this one. (And if you have time for more than one article, stay tuned, we’ll have much more in the days and weeks to come in our No on S Explainer Series.)
Remember to VOTE on or before March 7 (your vote-by-mail ballot may already be in your hands). In addition to Measure S, the mayor, citywide offices, half of LA’s city council districts, and school board and community college board members are all on ballot, along with a few more measures dealing with marijuana regulation and taxation, and homeless support services. Educate yourself and exercise your voting rights!