PROPOSED INCORPORATION OF THE CITY
OF LA HABRA HEIGHTS
ANALYSIS OF THE BALLOT MEASURE,
ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF THE BALLOT MEASURE
ARGUMENT AGAINST THE BALLOT MEASURE
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
NOVEMBER 7, 1978
The foregoing proposition will be presented to the electorate of the Proposed Incorporation of the City of La Habra Heights for its approval at the General Election on November 7, 1978, in substantially the following form:
INCORPORATION OF THE CITY OF LA HABRA HEIGHTS
FOR INCORPORATION 212 FOR ~
AGAINST INCORPQRATION 213 AGAINST ~
ANALYSIS BY LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION*
This is a proposal to incorporate as a general law city the community known as La Izyabra Heights. The area is in the eastern portion of Los Angeles County, easterly of the City of Whittier and northerly of Orange County. The proposed city has 2,555 registered voters and an assessed value of ap-proximately $27,900,000.
Arguments in support of or Opposition to the Proposition are the opinion of the authors.
ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF PROPOSITION SS
La Habra Heights Cityhood will insure that the Volunteer Fire Department will continue to serve with increased capability, will double police and traf-fic protection, will enable citizens to retain rural landuse, will preserve the goals of the General Plan, and will provide for local control of local issues with easily accessible representatives responsive to community needs---at no increase in taxes!
Forced inclusion of La Habra Heights in the Consolidated Fire District and the inevitable elimination of the Volunteer Fire Department is a threat to the safety. of the community. Cityhood opponents have stated under oath that La Ha bra Heights should be in the Consolidated Fire District. The fast response time of the dedicated Votunteers is absolutely essential. When Cityhood is achieved, the City Volunteer Fire Department will have a larger budget and legal status to enter into mutual aid and assistance agreements with fire departments of adjoining cities and Los Angeles County.
The Sheriff's car patrols about eight hours per day. The City can contract for a "dedicated" car 22 hours per day. The contract can specify response time goals and problem-condition concentration.
Pressures from land-developer interests continue. Residents are painfully aware of the time spent in Los Angeles, resisting urban landuse encroach-ment. Local landuse control will be a fact when Cityhood is achieved. Rather than an additional layer of government, the City Council will replace the distant county agencies and governing bodies.
La Habra Heights is a community of involved and knowledgeable citizens, fully capable of governing themselves. More than sufficient talent exists in the community for an effective, low profile, cost conscious government, responsive to the interests of its citizens. The variety of resources currently going to Los Angeles County will be diverted to our new city's budget.
Control your local destiny with no tax increase.
VOTE "YES" ON PROPOSITION SS.
C. ELWOOD HATHAWAY
La Habra Heights Incorporation Committee
DELPHINE P. SMITH Co-Chairman
ARGUMENT AGAINST INCORPORATION
We do not need an additional layer of government with its inevitable costs and controls. We got where we are because this community hammered Out the Generai Phn which was unanimously approved by the County Board of Supervisors. The votes of three members of a city council could do away with the General Plan
The proponents of incorporation have understated the cost of operating a city and overstated the revenues to be received. They say they will tax the oil pumped from the area, but the production of these wells is marginal, and the oil companies could shut down the wells. Proponents say they wilt in-crease building and inspection fees, but that action will decrease the amount of building and limit the amount of fees received. They also propose to raise money from fines. We ask, how much will it cost for a permit to add a room to your home or to improve your property, and for what will they fine you?
We now have our General Plan approved by the residents and the Board of Supervisors. We have our independent Volunteer Fire Department, and we do not wish it to become the political football of a city government. We remember the County Road Department, who maintains our streets and roads, worked around the clock to remove the mud slides and clean up damage from the Storms last Winter. We also have the Sheriff's Department and the Highway Patrol serving us. We want to keep it that way.
We are now paying enough for government. We don't need more govern-ment and more expenses. We urge a "NO" vote on Ballot Proposition SS.
STEVEN P. KREAGER
CHARLES H. DAVIS
JOHN H. ROY
LEWIS M. DAVENPORT, JR.