UUT | Voting NO on Measure N

A letter from Julie Giulioni regarding her position, as a citizen of South Pasadena, on UUT.

SouthPasadenan.com | To keep the Utility Users Tax (UUT) or repeal will before South Pasadena voters in November. South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe made a presentation Wednesday night showing what could be cut from the budget if the UUT is repealed.

It’s been a privilege to live a huge portion of my life in South Pasadena. And I don’t think I’m overstating it when I say that this community has contributed significantly to who I am today.

When I was five years old and broke my arm, it was a local South Pasadena fireman who shuttled me off to Huntington Hospital. My friends and I loved the crossing guards who ushered us safely across the street and idolized the librarian who read books and managed the summer reading program.

More recently as an adult, when we experienced a minor break-in, it was a South Pasadena Police Department officer who arrived nearly immediately and handled the situation with professionalism and care.

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These—and so many other experiences—paint a picture of what it means to live in South Pasadena.

But that picture is being threatened. Many of the services we’ve come to expect as part of living in our charming home town are in jeopardy due to threat of the UUT repeal, which would result in an immediate and devastating 12% cut to the budget. That’s well over $3M of services that will no longer be available within our community. School-related cuts top the list: crossing guards and our beloved school resources officer. But, that’s just the beginning. Police response time and the sense of safety we’ve come to enjoy through programs like Neighborhood Watch will be compromised. The library and senior center services will be hacked back. And the list goes on.

Our community—children, seniors, and everyone in between—will be negatively affected if the UUT is repealed, changing the quality of life in South Pasadena. Please join me and my family in voting NO on Measure N.

Julie Giulioni