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Measure W appears on its way to victory

WHITTIER — A proposal to increase the local sales tax to fund public safety initiatives appears to have been passed by voters. 

As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, Measure W held a healthy lead with 5,645 “yes” votes and 4,087 “no” votes. 

The measure is expected to raise $6.375 million annually, which city officials say will be used to hire and retain police officers, reduce 911 response times, and address homelessness. 

Measure W was endorsed by the Whittier City Council and Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce.

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