Some news from Sacramento yesterday; see the release below from Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), who wrote the state bill needed to get Measure J on the ballot. Measure J would continue the Measure R sales tax from mid-2039 to mid-2069, with the sales tax money being used in part to accelerate Measure R projects.
Here’s a web page on metro.net that gives all the particulars on Measure J. On the transit side, Measure J seeks to build all the Measure R transit projects by 2025.
GOVERNOR SIGNS FEUER LEGISLATION
TO EXPEDITE L.A. COUNTY TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
AB 1446 Authorizes L.A. County Metro to Seek Voter Approval for Extension
Of Existing Measure R Sales Tax for Infrastructure Projects
September 30, 2012 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has approved AB 1446 by Assembly Member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles). The measure would, with voter approval, fund Los Angeles County rail, highway, bus and local transportation improvement projects more quickly, jumpstarting those projects and getting Angelenos back to work.
Specifically, the bill would authorize the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to ask County voters to extend the term of the Measure R sales tax authorization. This extension would enable Metro to bond against future Measure R revenue and build transportation projects much sooner than originally contemplated, relying only on local funds.
“We need to get these transportation projects underway now,” said Feuer. “By signing AB 1446, the Governor has agreed to empower L.A. County voters to jumpstart 250,000 jobs and break through traffic congestion that chokes our region.”
In Los Angeles County, 336,000 jobs have been lost since 2007, and 582,900 people were unemployed as of October 2011. The construction industry has been hit especially hard; over 53,300 construction jobs have been lost in recent years.
In his first term as an Assembly Member, Feuer authored legislation that allowed Metro, L.A. County’s transportation planning agency, to put Measure R on the 2008 Los Angeles County ballot. Measure R asked voters to approve a 30-year one-half cent sales and use tax dedicated to construction and operation of a specified list of transportation projects. More than 67 percent of voters approved the measure, which commits approximately $40 billion to traffic relief and transportation upgrades throughout the county over the next 30 years. These upgrades will include westward extension of the subway and adding north/south routing to the San Fernando Valley’s Orange Line bus way. AB 1446 would provide an ongoing local source of funding to build projects in Measure R and in Metro’s Long Range Transportation Plan.
“I am thrilled that with Governor Brown’s signature on AB 1446, Measure J can go before LA County voters in November,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “If we pass Measure J, we can accelerate the creation of jobs, perform highway improvements, and complete light rail and subway projects in one decade instead of three.”
The measure will be placed on the November 2012 ballot for consideration by L.A. County voters.
Assembly Member Feuer’s website: http://www.assembly.ca.gov/