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Coalition Files Ballot Measure to Protect Realignment Funds

November 4, 2011

Californians to Protect Public Safety and Local Services announced on Nov.1 that it had filed a constitutional amendment ballot measure to constitutionally protect realignment funds. 


The coalition comprises the California State Association of Counties, the California State Sheriffs’ Association and Chief Probation Officers. More specifically, the measure seeks to prohibit the state from taking or redirecting currently protected state funds for the realignment of public safety, senior and children’s services. It would also prohibit the state from shifting additional responsibilities to local governments without providing necessary funding. 


Slated for the November 2012 statewide ballot, the coalition will determine if it will proceed with signature gathering once the Attorney General issues Title & Summary for the measure in late December.

During the League’s Annual Conference last September, the League’s membership approved a resolution calling upon Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature to fully fund and constitutionally protect realignment funding, including funding for city police departments. The League requested that such funding priorities be reflected in the ballot measure, but the sponsors declined to do so or to provide for the return of $130 million in Vehicle License Fee funds to cities, most of which is dedicated to public safety. League staff continues to work with CSAC staff on shared realignment priorities and has not yet taken a position on the Californians to Protect Public Safety and Local Services’ proposed ballot measure.

A copy of the measure filed on Nov. 1 is available online.

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