Cartoon Tuesday: Where Are Those Measure S Supporters?


It is no secret that Measure S, the so-called “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative,” is heavily funded by AIDS Heathcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein. AHF and Weinstein also bankrolled the recently-defeated Propositions 60 and 61 and was a significant funder of the anti-Measure M campaign.

According to a January 15 Curbed article, Weinstein and AHF contributed 99 percent of the recent pro-Measure S campaign contributions during the most recent reporting interval.

Clearly Weinstein is behind Measure S. But does anyone else endorse this measure, which amounts to a ban on most new housing, affordable or otherwise?

GIF by Shane Phillips
GIF by Shane Phillips

Shane Phillips exposes the limits of official Measure S support in the above GIF. Can the John Travolta meme find any real support for the housing ban initiative? Especially now that Leonardo DiCaprio’s supposed endorsement was revealed to be a lie.

The Measure S opposition column reveals a truly broad coalition. No on S is endorsed by labor and business, who often find themselves on opposite sides of issues. Affordable and homeless housing advocates oppose it, too. So do firefighters and police.

For those who don’t know, Measure S does two major things that threaten the future of Los Angeles as a sustainable city. It puts a two-year ban on any zoning changes or General Plan amendments. Given that the city of Los Angeles’ General Plan has not had a comprehensive update since just after World War II, a significant percentage of new housing requires amendments (from minor reductions in parking requirements to increased density near transit nodes) to get built. Measure S also requires that the city’s myriad neighborhood plans be updated, but given how contentious the update processes can be and how litigious supporters of Measure S can be when they don’t like the changes proposed to the community plans, it’s unclear how that component of the measure would play out in reality.

Given the severity of California’s housing shortage and our general need for more housing and jobs along our transit corridors to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase overall sustainability, Measure S could be devastating for the city.

Essentially, Measure S is being touted as a way to “preserve” Los Angeles. In other words, Measure S aims to halt any move away from the unsustainable, sprawling, auto-dependent Los Angeles of the past.

On March 7th voters will decide which direction they want to go.

Read earlier more serious SBLA Measure S articles by Brian Addison and Shane Phillips.

  • D G Spencer Ludgate

    My concern is where are the “No” supporters…

    I am seeing large “Yes on S” billboards all over town.

    Last thing we need is for this to pass simply because a voter read the short sample ballot description (by the actual Yes/No), remembers the billboards, and votes “Yes”.

  • michael macdonald

    I see them organizing in many places, through Abundant Housing, as well as the Greater LA & GrowLA Facebook groups.

    AHF has a longstanding strategy of using billboards to make their case. But that same strategy failed them in last year’s election for Props 60 & 61. Don’t let their wasteful spending of money get you down; put in some legwork to get Measure S defeated. Here are a few ways you can do that:

    Volunteer here to phone bank:

    Volunteer here to canvas on 2/11:

    Invite your Facebook friends to pledge to vote no. Make a pitch and message them:


    I can do somethings and trying to reduce the $$$$-dependence on big donors FOR S….
    #1 Fail to Plan Plan to FAIL and that is what the LACity planning process has done…
    Usual if anyone opens the current permit box…everyone asks for every concievable variance you could use…one or 100 – economy of scale;
    #2 Current ancient land use zoning of arterials, Sunset/110 to Fountain has current capacity to allow 8-9M sq ft of new development along the Blvd. We have enough floor area capacity in zoning to house/employ the proposed 600K population growth til 2040 BUT
    #3 Current roads/sidewalks, water pipe, sewers, and power could not service such increases… BASED ON EXISTING SUNSET ZONING, other are the same. AND no one wants the full costs up front….
    OBTW if current services has say 30% capacity…why?? we have been paying LOT $$$$ for decades for pipes and curb that we did not need;
    #4 With a Good Plan…ALL owners could realize considerable appreciation of their properties and opportunities to get improvements made…even now and we could know what the costs are going to be in 2025-2040;
    #5 S allows Parking to be reduced/relocated to more appropriate location
    #6 YES S can be completed in 24 months or before with fully integrated internet systems (PLUMAS, similar to ZIMAS) rather than the paper based system that has constrained the planning department…
    #7 Some community plans can be redone quickly and approved = get building affordable housing done 13 months??;
    #8 Will integrate all services into the plan and get real $$$ as to what it will costs to do, operate, and replace thru our future…


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