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Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment Collection

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Organizing Files

Local Agency Formation Commission of Los Angeles County Investigation

City of Los Angeles

Reorganization Efforts of Nearby Communities



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Collection Overview

Title: Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment Collection, 1978-2003Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1997-2002

ID: URB/VOTE

Primary Creator: Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment

Extent: 13.93 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

Series I: Organizing Files, 1978-2003

      Subseries A: Administrative Files, 1992-2003

      Subseries B: Outreach and Events, 1997-2003

      Subseries C: Special Issues, 1987-2002

      Subseries D: Independent Reports and Publications, 1978-2002

Series II: Local Agency Formation Commission of Los Angeles County Investigation, 1998-2003

Series III: City of Los Angeles, 1994-2002

Series IV: Reorganization Efforts of Nearby Communities, 1994-2002

Date Acquired: 05/29/2003

Forms of Material: Audio recordings, Ephemera, Maps, Paper records, Photographic material

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Abstract

Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment (Valley VOTE) is the non-profit organization which led the secession efforts of the San Fernando Valley from 1997-2002. The collection documents their petition drive, the resulting investigation by the Local Agency Formation Commission for the County of Los Angeles (LAFCO), and the Measure F campaign which allowed Los Angeles residents to vote on the issue of secession.

Biographical Note

Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment (Valley VOTE) is the non-profit organization which led the secession efforts of the San Fernando Valley from 1997-2002. The group was formed in 1996 under the direction of two San Fernando Valley Residents: commercial real estate broker, Jeff Brain, and attorney, Richard Close.

In 1997, shortly after California Governor Pete Wilson signed a bill removing the veto power of city councils in cases of municipal reorganization and requiring instead a majority community vote, Valley VOTE launched a petition drive to initiate a feasibility study on the detachment of the San Fernando Valley from the City of Los Angeles. The petition drive was ultimately successful and in 1999 the Local Agency Formation Commission for the County of Los Angeles (LAFCO) began an investigation to determine the fiscal self-sufficiency of a new valley city and measure the fiscal impacts of Valley cityhood on the City of Los Angeles. The LAFCO investigation required extensive reports from both Valley VOTE and the City of Los Angeles, as well as public hearings. During this time, other local communities were attempting similar detachment efforts, including Hollywood and L.A.'s Harbor area.

In 2002, LAFCO approved the San Fernando Valley Proposal for Special Reorganization and Ballot Measure F was scheduled for the fall 2002 election, giving Los Angeles residents the opportunity to vote on the issue. In addition to determining Valley secession, the 2002 ballot also gave residents the opportunity to name the new city and elect a mayor and council members. Valley VOTE led the campaigning efforts in support of Measure F, but the measure failed to garner the necessary votes to pass.

Valley VOTE continues to operate as a non-profit organization focused on improving local government.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment Collection documents the efforts of the San Fernando Valley residents who, from 1997-2002, attempted to secede from the city of Los Angeles to form a separate municipality. The collection includes their petition drive, the investigation conducted by the Local Agency Formation Commission for the County of Los Angeles (LAFCO), and the Measure F campaign which allowed Los Angeles residents to vote on the issue.

The collection is divided into four series: Organizing Files (1978-2003), Local Agency Formation Commission of Los Angeles County Investigation (1998-2003), City of Los Angeles (1994-2002), and Reorganization Efforts of Nearby Communities (1994-2002).

Series I, Organizing Files, documents Valley VOTE's grassroots efforts to create an autonomous municipality in the San Fernando Valley. The series is further divided into four subseries: Administrative Files (1992-2003), Outreach and Events (1997-2003), Special Issues (1987-2002), and Independent Reports and Publications (1978-2002). Subseries A, Administrative Files, consists of correspondence, Valley VOTE meeting agendas and minutes, research materials such as maps, legislature, and reports, housekeeping files, materials from affiliated organizations, and press coverage related to Valley VOTE's secession efforts beginning just before the initial petition drive in 1997 through the conclusion of the 2002 general election, including an audio recording of KRLA Radio 870's "Legal Challenges." Also included are materials documenting the candidates of local elections, including those running for office in the proposed new valley city. The files are arranged alphabetically according to subject and chronologically within. Subseries B, Outreach and Events, documents Valley VOTE's promotional activities and volunteer efforts, including a letter writing campaign to Governor Wilson regarding Assembly Bill 62, the petition drive to initiate the LAFCO investigation, public submissions to rename the new valley city, and the Measure F Campaign. Contact lists, volunteer lists, event fliers and calendars, promotional handouts and forms, press kits, and campaign brochures are also included. The files are arranged alphabetically according to subject and chronologically within. Subseries C, Special Issues, consists of those files identified by Valley VOTE as a special issue to their organizing efforts. The files maintain Valley VOTE's original naming conventions and are arranged alphabetically according to subject and chronologically within. Subseries D, Independent Reports and Publications, consists of publications on the topic of valley secession authored by individuals or organizations not directly tied to Valley VOTE's operations. Authors include the League of Women Voters, the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, the Committee Investigating Valley Independent City/County, the Symposium on Rightsizing Local and Regional Government, the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, California State University Northridge, California State University Sacramento, University of California Los Angeles, Harvard University, and scholars of political science, public policy, and economics. The files are arranged chronologically. For news publications, see Series I, Subseries A.

Series II, Local Agency Formation Commission of Los Angeles County Investigation, documents the formal investigation conducted by LAFCO which was initiated by Valley VOTE's Application for Special Reorganization petition drive. It consists primarily of reports submitted to LAFCO by Valley VOTE and the City of Los Angeles to determine the feasibility of detaching the San Fernando Valley from Los Angeles. Reports cover the reorganization plan and proposal, the initial and comprehensive fiscal analysis, environmental impact, as well as follow-up comments and negotiations of Valley VOTE, city officials, and LAFCO's executive officer. Related meeting materials and correspondence are also included as well as audio recordings of several LAFCO proceedings and an audo recording of a special workshop on reorganization for LAFCO Commissioners. The files are arranged alphabetically according to subject and chronologically within.

Series III, City of Los Angeles, documents aspects of the city's involvement in the secession movement and consists primarily of expenditure reports of various municipal departments. Organizational charts and meeting materials of the city's Ad Hoc Committee on Secession are also included, as well as a cost burden analysis conducted by an independent consultant on behalf of the city. The files are arranged alphabetically according to subject and chronologically within.

Series IV, Reorganization Efforts of Nearby Communities, documents the secession efforts of other communities in Los Angeles with a predominant focus on Hollywood and the Harbor Area. The series includes promotional materials, maps, and correspondence as well as some of the formal reports submitted to the county for separate investigation. Additional Harbor reports can be found in Series II and are labeled as such for easy identification. The files are arranged alphabetically according to subject and chronologically within.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 5.82 GB Digital Audio

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Jeff Brain

Original/Copies Note: Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the San Fernando Valley History Digital Library. For more information please see https://digital-library.csun.edu/.

Related Materials: Harrison Sheppard Secession Movements Collection, 1961-2002

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Christine Hertzel, Inderdeep Kaur, and Tiffney Sanford, 2015


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[Series I: Organizing Files, 1978-2003]
[Series II: Local Agency Formation Commission of Los Angeles County Investigation, 1998-2003]
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[Series IV: Reorganization Efforts of Nearby Communities, 1994-2002],
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Series II: Local Agency Formation Commission of Los Angeles County Investigation, 1998-2003Save to your list.
Box 15Save to your list.
Folder 3: Applicant Requests, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 4: Bidder's List, 1999 OctoberSave to your list.
Folder 5: Calemine, Larry Correspondence, 2000-2002Save to your list.
Folder 6: Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, 2001 October 4Save to your list.
Folder 7: Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, 2002 January 9Save to your list.
Folder 8: Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, 2002 January 9Save to your list.
Folder 9: Comparative Fiscal Analysis, California State Controller's Review, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 10: Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, Executive Summary, 2001 October 4Save to your list.
Folder 11: Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, Request for Contract Administration, 2002 January 3Save to your list.
Folder 12: Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, Request for "Description of Proposed Services and Organization Structure", 2002 AprilSave to your list.
Folder 13: Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, Request for Proposal, 1999 December 20Save to your list.
Folder 14: Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, Request for Proposal of San Fernando Valley and Harbor City, 1999 AugustSave to your list.
Box 16Save to your list.
Folder 1: Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment Comments, 2001 December 6Save to your list.
Folder 2: Disclosure of Contributions and Expenditures Guidelines, 2001 March 8Save to your list.
Folder 3: Environmental Impact Report, 2002 MarchSave to your list.
Folder 4: Environmental Impact Report, Consultant Services Contract Amendment, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 5: Environmental Impact Report, Initial Study, 2002 January 23Save to your list.
Folder 6: Environmental Impact Report, Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment Comments, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 7: Executive Officer's Report, 2002 AprilSave to your list.
Folder 8: Executive Officer's Supplemental Report, 2002 May 20Save to your list.
Folder 9: Executive Officer's Supplemental Report, Combined Effects of Valley and Hollywood Reorganization, 2002 June 3Save to your list.
Folder 10: Incorporation Guidelines, 2001Save to your list.
Folder 11: Initial Fiscal Analysis, 2001 March 28Save to your list.
Folder 12: Initial Fiscal Analysis, 2001 March 28Save to your list.
Box 17Save to your list.
Folder 1: Initial Fiscal Analysis, 2001Save to your list.
Folder 2: Initial Fiscal Analysis and Applicant's Reorganization Plan, Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment Comments, 2001 July 11Save to your list.
Folder 3: Initial Fiscal Analysis and Applicant's Reorganization Plan, City Response, 2001 May 15, 2001 June 13Save to your list.
Folder 4: Initial Fiscal Analysis and Applicant's Reorganization Plan, City Response, 2001 June 13Save to your list.
Folder 5: Initial Fiscal Analysis and Applicant's Reorganization Plan, City Response, 2001 June 13, 2001 August 30Save to your list.
Folder 6: Mayor's Proposed Consolidated Plan, 2002-2003Save to your list.
Folder 7: Meeting Materials and Correspondence, 1998 October-1999 SeptemberSave to your list.
Folder 8: Meeting Materials and Correspondence, 1999 October-2001 MaySave to your list.
Folder 9: Meeting Materials and Correspondence, 2001 June-2002 FebruarySave to your list.
Box 18Save to your list.
Folder 1: Meeting Materials and Correspondence, 2002 March-2002 AugustSave to your list.
Folder 2: Memo 001, Applicant's Initial Identification of Needs for Data Collection, 1999-2001Save to your list.
Folder 3: Memo 001, City's Response, 1999 June-JulySave to your list.
Folder 4: Memo 001, Valley Voters Organized Towards Empowerment Response to City, 1999 June-JulySave to your list.
Folder 5: Memo 002, Process and Criteria for the Hiring of Consultants to the Local Agency Formation Commision of Los Angeles County Investigation, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 6: Memo 003, Names Submitted for Local Agency Formation Commission of Los Angeles County Investigation Notices, 1999 JulySave to your list.
Folder 7: Memo 004, Preliminary Vision Statement of New Valley City, 2000Save to your list.
Folder 8: Municipal Secession Fiscal Analysis Scoping Study, 1999 January 20Save to your list.
Folder 9: Negotiation Summary, 2001 December-2002 JanuarySave to your list.
Folder 10: Notice of Intent to Petition, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 11: Proposal for Special Reorganization Supplemental Report, 2002 February 21Save to your list.
Folder 12: Request for Information from the City of Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Harbor Area Reorganization, 2000 June 20Save to your list.
Folder 13: Resolution of the Local Agency Formation Commission for Los Angeles County Making Determinations for Approval of the San Fernando Valley Special Reorganization, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 14: Resolution of the Local Agency Formation Commission for Los Angeles County Making Determination for Approval of the San Fernando Valley Special Reorganization, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 15: Revenue Neutrality Guidelines, A-C, 1998, 2000Save to your list.
Box 19Save to your list.
Folder 1: Revenue Neutrality Guidelines, D-E, 2000Save to your list.
Folder 2: Revenue Neutrality Guidelines, F, 2000Save to your list.
Folder 3: Revenue Neutrality Guidelines, G, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 4: Revenue Neutrality Guidelines, H-I, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 5: Revenue Neutrality Negotiations, 1998, 2000, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 6: Special Reorganization ProcessSave to your list.
Folder 7: Subcommittee on Findings, Terms and Conditions, 2001-2002Save to your list.
Folder 8: Valley Districting, 2002 May 20Save to your list.
Box 20Save to your list.
Folder 1: Valley Districting Report, 2002 January 14Save to your list.
Folder 2: Valley Districting Report, 2002 April 10Save to your list.
Folder 3: Valley Districting Report, Preliminary Draft, 2001 November 16Save to your list.
Folder 4: Valley Districting Report, Preliminary Draft, 2001 November 16Save to your list.
Digital Box 1Save to your list.
Item 2: LAFCO Commissioners Special Reorganization Workshop, 1998 November 18Save to your list.
Item 3: LAFCO Proceedings, 1998 October 19Save to your list.
Item 4: LAFCO Proceedings, 1998 November 25Save to your list.
Item 5: LAFCO Proceedings, 1998 December 9Save to your list.
Item 6: LAFCO Proceedings, 2000 March 22Save to your list.

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