Governor signs bill that officially puts Measure J on the Nov. 6 ballot in L.A. County

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.

The release:

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/feuer

4 replies

  1. No J this time. The two bus routes that Metro offered the San Fernando Valley is a joke. We can wait 30 years for our bus routes, it won’t make a minute of difference in our commutes anyway. I’m optimistic that after this defeat, the MTA will plan reasonable solutions for the North.

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  2. I enthusiastically support Measure J, but with election only one month away and with absentee ballot to be mailed shortly, there hasn’t been much campaigning.

    I haven’t seen any mailers or billboards for this measure yet.

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  3. It would be nice if measure J included a provision to upgrade the orange line busway to light rail. That way it would actually be a viable alternative to driving on surface streets or the 101 freeway. Since almost all of the orange line bus’s route is within a former railroad right of way, upgrading it to LRT would warrant crossing gate preemption at all at-grade crossings, therefore speeding up the line tremendously. I don’t think such a provision is in the bill though, but this issue should be pushed by anyone who supports and/or uses backbone transit in the south valley.

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  4. Actually, Measure J will extend the amount of Measure R funds used for bus operations in LA, as well as lengthen the period of time that bus operations receive extra funding. With Measure J, new annual revenues dedicated to bus operations will increase from about $400 million/year in 2039 to over $800 million/year in 2069. This more than doubling of funding for buses will help keep fares low for seniors, students, and people with disabilities.

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