The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider establishing a committee to oversee the estimated $1.5 billion annual revenue coming in to Los Angeles County coffers from four measures, collectively known as WHAM, approved by county voters over the past three years.
Measure W, approved in November 2018, will raise nearly $300 million each year beginning next year for storm water projects. Measure H, approved in March 2017, raises approximately $355 million each year for homelessness services and housing. Measure A, approved in November 2016, provides approximately $100 million annually for new parks and park improvements. Measure M, approved in November 2016, raises about $860 million annually for transportation infrastructure.
A motion by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis seeks to direct LA County CEO Sachi Hami to convene the leaders of the departments and agencies leading implementation of the measures — Measure W, the L.A. County Flood Control District overseen by the Board of Supervisors; Measure H, the LA County CEO’s office; Measure A, the LA. County Regional and Open Space District; and Measure M, the L.A. County Metropolitan Transit Authority – to ensure efficiency across the programs, fulfill the goals of each measure and coordinate project planning and implementation.
Measures W, A, and M have no sunset, while Measure H will end after 10 years.
“With this significant funding comes significant responsibility on the part of government to prudently manage that money,” the motion said. “Responsible stewardship includes coordination and efficient use of those funds. In the absence of intentional coordination, any collaboration will be ad hoc at best.”
According to the motion, the WHAM committee “shall invite County employees, agency experts, stakeholders, and others with relevant experience to participate as appropriate.”
Lake Los Angeles resident Shirley Harriman encouraged residents to pay close attention to the WHAM committee to ensure the Antelope Valley gets a fair proportionate share of the revenue.
“We are all stakeholders in managing this revenue and voices need to be heard to keep the Antelope Valley visible and pro-active in the processes. The Antelope Valley incorporated cities and unincorporated communities should start making plans now to take an active role in the workings of WHAM,” Harriman wrote.
Supervisors Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas added an amendment to direct Hami to consider including a subcommittee on infrastructure-focused workforce and economic empowerment efforts to “ensure a process that advances the goals of creating more equitable and broader exposure to career opportunities with the infrastructure fields, as well as improve and align both municipal and private-sector career pathways and retention efforts.”