Los Angeles—The Benedict Canyon Association announced today its support of local Measure HH which will protect and maintain open space and wildlife corridors, and improve fire prevention and ranger security patrols in the Hollywood Hills and Santa Monica Mountains from Griffith Park to the 405 Freeway today. This is the latest endorsement of the measure that has been vigorously supported by the Federation of Hillside and Canyon Associations, Studio City Residents Association, Laurel Canyon Association, Mount Olympus Property Owners Association, Cahuenga Pass Neighborhood Association, Outpost Homeowners Association, Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council and the Los Angeles Daily News.
On November 6th, voters in the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills areas between Griffith Park and the 405 Freeway, including Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Glen, will be asked to vote on Measure HH for local open space, parklands, fire prevention, ranger safety patrols and clean water. Measure HH is sponsored by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, which is responsible for acquiring, maintaining and improving open space, parklands, and wildlife corridors within the East Santa Monica Mountains / Hollywood Hills Area of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Zone.
Measure HH will:
- Maintain and protect local open space, parklands, and wildlife corridors and the Mulholland Drive scenic overlooks
- Prevent additional traffic and preserve open space in the hillsides and canyons
- Improve local fire prevention services, including crews to clear dry brush and eliminate other fire hazards
- Maintain and improve park ranger safety and security patrols to prevent crime and vandalism
- Improve local water quality by keeping pollution and trash out of local creeks and reservoirs.
Unlike most public agencies, the MRCA does not receive ongoing funding from state or local sources. Much of its operations, maintenance, and security budget has been funded by Los Angeles County’s Proposition A, a 20-year old property assessment that is about to expire. For only $24 per year, Measure HH will allow the MRCA to both continue and improve the public safety, fire prevention, and open space services it currently provides in this local area. The measure must be approved by a 2/3 majority of the voters.
Every penny raised by Measure HH will stay in the Measure HH District boundary
A Citizen’s Oversight Committee will conduct annual audits to ensure the funds are spent properly and only within the subject East Santa Monica Mountains / Hollywood Hills Area District. For more information about Measure HH and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority visit www.mrca.ca.gov/hhinfo.html
A similar measure, local measure MM, Measure MM, west of the 405 Freeway in the Santa Monica Mountains Communities of Encino, Tarzana, and Woodland Hills, is also supported by the Federation of Hillside and Canyon Associations, and The Los Angeles Daily News, as well as the Tarzana Property Owners Association, the Woodland Hills Homeowners Association, Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, Save Our Oak Savanna, Woodland Hills, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz. Measure MM, for $19 per year, also protects and maintains local open space, parklands, and wildlife corridors, and improve fire preventions services, and ranger safety patrol in these areas. The website for measure mm is www.mrca.gov/mminfo.html.
The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority is a local public park agency which is the responsible for protection, preservation and maintenance of much of the public parkland and open space in the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles from Griffith Park west to the 405 freeway and in the hillside areas of Encino, Tarzana, and Woodland Hills.