ACF Files Initiative to Defund Sanctuary City of Cudahy, CA
American Children First launched "Operation Defund Sanctuary Cities" on Tuesday when it filed an initiative to repeal the utility user tax (UUTs) in the City of Cudahy, CA.
Cudahy declared itself a sanctuary city in 2015 and generates more than $1 million in revenue from this tax. This revenue accounts for more than 13 percent of their General Fund budget. UUTs are taxes paid by residents and business owners on water and trash bills, electricity and gas bills, and on landline and cell phone bills.
Residential customers pay 4 percent in taxes while business pay 8 percent in taxes.
"Operation Defund Sanctuary Cities" takes advantage of a little known provision in Proposition 218 which was passed in 1996. The taxpayer protection measure changed the signature requirement formula on initiatives to repeal taxes.
Whereas regular initiatives require proponents to gather signatures from 10 percent of the total registered voter population in the respective district, Prop 218 only requires us to gather signatures equaling 5 percent of the total votes cast in the last election for governor.
Consequently, the number of signatures needed to place these measures on the ballot is extremely low.
Fox 11 News Los Angeles ran a story on our initiative.
Cudahy was selected as the first target for a variety of reasons. First, they have declared themselves a sanctuary city. Second, they are a very small jurisdiction requiring minimal effort to qualify the measure for the ballot. Third, city officials have been very hostile to anti-illegal immigration activists who have been protesting and attending city council meetings for nearly a year and a half.
One councilman referred to us as "white supremacists."
At the most recent meeting in May, American Children First founder Joseph Turner had to come to the aid of one of our fellow activists after he was attacked by a masked Antifa member. You can watch the violent attack below.
Filing Initiatives Isn't Free
The beauty of our campaign to defund sanctuary cities is that we can put measures on the ballot that will significantly impact their revenue streams with minimal effort and cost.
However, there is a cost and we are just a grassroots organization with limited resources.
In fact, since we launched American Children First we have received donations totaling less than the filing fee for this initiative.
The filing fee for each initiative American Children First files costs $200. This is a state mandated fee. Additionally, we must file a legal notice in newspapers of general circulation. And on top of that we have to pay for printing of initiative petitions.
Therefore, most initiatives cost at anywhere from $300-600 just to get off the ground and begin the signature gathering process.
We believe in deploying our resources efficiently and with maximum effectiveness so that we can generate the biggest return on our investment of time and limited capital.
If you would like to sponsor our next initiative filing in another sanctuary city, please send us a contribution.
Please visit this link for all the background information and links to filing documents on the Cudahy initiative.