The video covers the last five minutes of Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Member Eric Garcetti’s remarks this morning to the MoveLA conference at Union Station. MoveLA is pushing for a second Measure R ballot measure.
Cutting to the chase: Garcetti said that a lot of work remains to be done if Metro wants to pursue a ballot measure in Nov. 2016, particularly if that ballot measure calls for a new sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.
For those new to this ongoing story: Metro is considering a potential ballot measure for next year but the Metro Board of Directors — who have final say — haven’t decided on anything. A ballot measure can take many forms. For example, a measure could extend the current Measure R half-cent sales tax beyond its current mid-2039 expiration date. Or a ballot measure could pursue, as mentioned above, a new sales tax. Those are just two examples.
Metro has asked cities across Los Angeles County for their input on projects they would like funded. You can read the results in this staff report submitted to the Metro Board this month. As the report says, Metro staff are still waiting for some feedback from cities on project priorities. That info, once received, will inform a draft expenditure plan for a potential ballot measure to be released by Metro staff later this year.