Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s 30/10 initiative got its first two hearings before the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday: The planning committee approved the initiative 3 to 0 with one abstention and the finance committee didn’t vote, requesting that agency staff answer some questions about the initiative.
In the planning committee, a motion by Directors Diane DuBois and Pam O’Connor was accepted. The motion requests that highway projects be added to the 30/10 initiative, which at present consists of the 12 mass transit projects that were part of Measure R.
Three members of the committee — DuBois, Richard Katz and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky — voted to recommend 30/10 to the full Board of Directors. Supervisor Mike Antonovich abstained, saying he had questions that need to be answered.
In the finance committee, which is chaired by Director Antonovich, the decision was made not to vote on 30/10 while Metro staff clarified some answers to questions raised by Antonovich and Supervisor Gloria Molina.
Specifically, both had pointed questions about financial assumptions behind the initiative, the order in which the initiative would fund different transit projects (for example, would it reflect the agency’s federal funding priorities) and what would happen if one of the projects experienced cost over-runs.
The initiative will be discussed tomorrow in the Measure R Delivery Committee at 9 a.m. and the Executive Management and Audit Committee at 10:30 a.m., but it’s clear that the big discussion will come next week when the full Board of Directors meets.