Who's Endorsing Measure M?

In November, LA County residents will be voting on Measure M to build a 21st Century transportation network of subway, light rail, bus rapid transit, bus and bike lanes into every corner of LA County with the goal of easing traffic congestion by offering people alternatives to driving. Measure M also provides funding for maintenance of the system and for operations, as well as discounted transit fares for older Americans, people with disabilities and students. Here is a partial list of organizations that have endorsed Measure M.

Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters
Global Green USA
Climate Resolve
Natural Resources Defense Council
River LA
Sierra Club
Transportation Advocacy
Move LA
Bike San Gabriel Valley
Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST)
Golden State Gateway Coalition
Investing in Place
Jobs to Move America
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Los Angeles Walks
Southern California Transit Advocates
The Transit Coalition
AARP California
Justice in Aging
Communities Actively Living Independent & Free (CALIF)
Independent Living Center of Southern California
Southern California Resource Center for Independent Living
Westside Center for Independent Living
LA Area Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Business Council
Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)
Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce
American Society of Civil Engineers
Los Angeles Branch
Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce
San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce
Valley Industry Commerce Association (VICA)
Civil Engineers for Infrastructure
HDR Engineering
Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
Keller Williams Realty
Mott MacDonald
Preferred Properties LA, Inc.
Shannon & Wilson
Communication Workers of America Southern California Council
Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12
Ironworkers Local 416
National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians- Communication Workers of America Local 53
Service Employees International Union Local 721
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
Teamsters Local 396
LA Unified School District, Board of Education
Los Angeles Community College District
LA Voice
One LA
City Building
American Institute of Architects – LA
American Planning Association - LA
Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI)
Democrats of Pasadena Foothills
East Area Progressive Democrats
New Frontier Democratic Club
Stonewall Democratic Club
Tri Cities Democratic Club

Why Should College and University Students Support Measure M?


Students have every reason to support Measure M and what would be a transformational investment in LA’s public transportation system ($120 billion in just the first 40 years). It includes, for example, a significant amount of money for bus and rail operations that would help keep fares low, including a dedicated $2.4 billion revenue stream (over the first 40 years) for discounted transit passes for students, seniors and the disabled—and that $2.4 million is a floor, not a ceiling, and could be increased. (Photo from the Student Senate of California Community Colleges Region VII meeting at LA Trade Tech College Sept. 16, with Treasurer Araksya Nordikyan, Legislative Affairs Director Saleem Moinuddin, LA Community College District Student Trustee Alexa Victoriano, Region VII Chair Lorena Aguilar and Parliamentarian Gerson Liahut-Sanchez.)

Measure M would also build at least 16 new rail and bus rapid transit projects, improve every major freeway and highway, repair sidewalks and build bike lanes including closing all the gaps in the 51-mile LA River bike path from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach. This pie chart shows how the money will be spent: 16%, for example, goes to the 88 cities in LA County based on their population and employment. Cities in Southeast LA County and in the South Bay, for example, would get $48 million each year to fund their transportation priorities—whether sidewalks or bike lanes, potholes, intersection improvements or traffic signal synchronization.

The investment plan was developed over an extensive 3-year planning process with all 88 cities in LA County, and 48,000 people weighed in at public hearings or telephone town halls, and the maps available on our website show you that every corner of LA County gets major projects.

In a nutshell, students should vote for Measure M because it will 1) build a bigger transit system, 2) fund better service and keep fares low, 3) build bike lanes and repair sidewalks to make it easier to get to and from stations, 4) create 465,000 good, middle-class jobs that will have Project Labor Agreements and a Construction Careers policy in place to help students and others get into apprenticeship programs, and 5) give us cleaner air and a cooler planet!

For all of these reasons we’d like to help turn out the student vote for Measure M, and are looking for 5 students who would be willing to host events on college and university campuses and help push out a student campaign on social media. Please email Gloria Ohland at Move LA if you have any interest in helping us! (Or call, 21-304-0444.)

(Paid for by Campaign to Move LA, in Support of Transportation Ballot Measure M, Major Funding by Aaron Sosnick, HDR Engineering, Inc. & Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.)


AARP Endorses Measure M: First Time AARP Has Ever Endorsed Local Ballot Measure


AARP has endorsed and will be campaigning for Measure M to build out LA County’s public transit system—the first time that AARP has ever endorsed a local ballot initiative. AARP is doing this because Measure M would provide funding to keep transit fares affordable for both seniors and people with disabilities—important because the population of LA County residents 65 years or older is expected to increase to 2 million soon (LA County’s population is about 10 million).

"Our county is undergoing a tremendous demographic shift, so we must take action now to keep up and ensure we ease congestion and help seniors get where they need to go," Mayor Garcetti said at an AARP press conference at a senior living apartment in Carson on Tuesday. "Measure M extends transit and improves freeway traffic flow countywide, and also delivers funds to each of L.A. County's 88 cities so they can pursue their own local projects to repave roads, fix sidewalks and fill potholes."

AARP California Director Nancy McPherson said that she looked forward to success in November. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said that he looked forward to joining AARP—in the future.

Also at the press conference were Carson City Councilmember Jawane Hilton, Ron Miller, executive secretary of the LA/OC County Building Trades, Move LA Executive Director Denny Zane, and Move LA Leadership Board President Marlene Grossman (in photo). Denny and Marlene have been discussing the idea of this ballot measure with AARP for more than a year.

At the press conference Move LA Executive Director Denny Zane said Measure M would build “the most modern, advanced and extensive transportation system in North America, with perhaps the exception of Manhattan—but ours will be new. This is an extraordinary opportunity."

Move LA's Role in Measure M: Keeping the Dream of a Transformational Transportation System Alive


People’s Republic of Santa Monica
Denny Zane has worked either in government or closely with government for many years—as an elected official, as a consultant, and as a nonprofit advocate. He began his career organizing Santa Monicans for Renters Rights in the late 1970s—back in the day when Santa Monica was widely acknowledged as the “People’s Republic of Santa Monica” and located on what was then called the “Left Coast.” That progressive community coalition, now better known as SMRR, has held a Santa Monica City Council majority for 24 of the last 30 years.

Attempting the impossible in 2007
This organizing effort led Denny into a decade of public service on the Santa Monica City Council, including 2 years as mayor, where he worked on many of the issues he cares most about — affordable housing, clean air, the revitalization of downtown Santa Monica as pedestrian and transit-oriented mixed-use and mixed-income place, and a regional airport plan making it possible for all corners of the region to share the economic development potential—and traffic burden—of hosting an airport. Then, in 2007, he decided to attempt the impossible: to pull together a coalition of city and county leaders with the goal of fixing LA’s traffic intractable traffic problem.

Convening the classic green-blue-green coalition
He deemed transit to be the most important part of the solution, and created the nonprofit Move LA to convene what became a powerful business-labor-environmental coalition that teamed up with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to put the Measure R half-cent sales tax on the 2008 ballot. This was a dark time, the threat of a Great Recession bringing the economy down in LA as across the nation. But the coalition was undaunted, voters were willing to tax themselves to improve our transportation system, and the ballot measure was successful—winning 67.9% of the required 66.7% supermajority vote.

Measure R: antidote to the recession
Measure R was in fact an antidote to the Great Recession, and played an important role in bringing LA County back from the brink by providing billions of dollars for near-term investment in transportation and a total investment of $36 billion over three decades.

Measure M: even more important
Measure M could be even more important for the local economy because together with Measure R it would provide for 40 or 50 years of work not just on construction of our transit system but also on the operation and maintenance of that system. These public investments help stabilize the economy through recessions. And these jobs are particularly important because Southern California is not a manufacturing center anymore—there are no car manufacturers or steel plants, and vocational education has taken a hit.

Dramatically expanded coalition
Move LA has continued to convene the coalition every year for a grand “Annual Transportation Conversation” staged in Union Station, the “Cathedral of Public Transportation,” whenever possible. At this event coalition—which LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has joked feature the biggest conference panels ever—members come to consensus on priorities and positions. Since 2008 this mighty coalition has been dramatically expanded with the addition of faith-based groups, older adults, people with disabilities, and students. Measure J in 2012 lost by just 15,000 votes—just 0.5% of the total needed—and these new constituencies could easily provide that “margin of victory” for Measure M.

Keeping constituencies and coalition moving forward
Eight years have passed since the passage of Measure R, and of the 13 elected officials who served on the Metro board then only 2 remain now who supported Measure R—Metro Board Chair and Duarte City Councilman John Fasana and Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian. We believe our biggest contribution has been to help keep the constituencies and the coalition moving forward and the dream of a transformational transportation system alive! Measure M is the fulfillment of this dream of modernizing and diversifying LA’s transportation system, to become the 2nd largest transit system in the nation.

Why Measure M Is the Most Important Measure on the Nov. 8 Ballot


Almost on the eve of Labor Day and the day after the launch of Measure M—the plan to build the 2nd-largest transit system in the U.S.—it’s important to remember what Measure R did for us. Approved by 2/3 of voters in November 2008, it gave us a leg up out of the Great Recession, playing an important role in bringing us back from the brink by providing billions of dollars for near-term investment in transportation and a total investment of $36 billion over three decades.

Unemployment hit a high of 10.8% in California in 2009, and 12.8% in LA County. But we are back! Unemployment is down to 5.9% in California and 5.2% in LA County—a rate low enough that some consider it “full employment”—and job production here now appears to be more robust than in the state and nation as a whole. We have a lot to celebrate as we head toward the Nov. 8 election. Read what Ron Miller, executive secretary of the LA/OC Building Trades Council, has to say about the significance of the public investment in jobs and apprenticeship programs.

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Yes on Measure M Team Put On a Pretty Good Show!


At the launch of the Measure M campaign in honor of Labor Day and in front of Union Station in the blazing heat (climate change?), Tracy Hernandez of BizFed (the massive countywide alliance of 272,000 businesses) said it best: "This crazy cast of characters does not stand together all that often. But we stand together for Measure M." Next up was LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin, who observed: "We've got more speakers than rail lines!" (Note a very happy Move LA ED Denny Zane to the right!) There were some other good one-liner campaign slogans . . .

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LA Trade Tech President Larry Frank & a Huge Coalition Did the Impossible, Winning a 2nd Federal Empowerment Zone Designation

Frank__Larry_WEB.pngThe Planning Report interviews LA Trade Tech President Larry Frank, who along with a broad coalition of elected officials, community leaders, local agencies and nonprofits did the impossible—winning a 2nd federal Promise Zone designation in LA (the South LA Transit Empowerment Zone or SLATE-Z) that opens the door to substantial local and federal assistance: 46% of South LA's 700,000 residents live below the poverty line, and 44.5% work full-time yet still live below 150% over the federal poverty line—more than twice the rate of workers in LA County overall.

Move LA was one of the partners at the very big table set by long-time partner Larry Frank and program director Heddy Nam, and wholly supports the idea that this “transit empowerment zone” can capture the synergy that occurs with concurrent public investment in jobs, economic development, education, public safety, and mobility in South Los Angeles.

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Measure M: What's In It for Low-Income Communities?


Measure M will keep fares low and expand service: Keeping transit fares affordable to those who don't have cars is a huge transportation equity objective. But when both the federal and state governments cut transportation budgets LA Metro is left holding a half-empty bag and has to balance its budget by cutting service or raising fares—both of which hurt transit riders. But Measure M would dedicate 20% of its funding to bus and rail operations so fares can stay low even as service is expanded. Some people aren't aware that Metro's TAP cards are good on both rail and buses, which makes taking transit even easier.

Measure M will provide more and better connections to jobs: As Metro expands the bus and rail system people will be able to get to more places faster and at a lower cost. The Expo Line, for example, stretches through South LA to jobs-rich Santa Monica, which also means that people who live near the Red Line in Westlake, MacArthur Park or East Hollywood can cut through the gridlock to get to jobs on the Westside.

Measure M will provide more and better connections to educational opportunities: It's expensive to own a car, so it's important for students to be able to save money by taking transit. These are just a few of the colleges near Metro's bus and rail system: Cal State LA, USC, Valley College, Pierce College, LA City College, Santa Monica College, LA Trade Tech College, Citrus College and Pasadena City College. The subway down Wilshire to UCLA is under construction. And as the system is expaded more people living in more neighborhoods will have better transit access to higher education.

Measure M will provide more and better connections to recreation: An expanding bus and rail system also means more and better affordable access for more people to cultural events, museums, sporting events, parks, and the beach. Measure M will also fund gaps in the LA River Bike Path, which will run 51 miles from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach!

Paid for by Campaign to Move LA, in Support of Transportation Ballot Measure M, Major Funding by Aaron Sosnick, HDR Engineering, Inc. & Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

Seriously Lots of Information About Transit in YOUR LA Area Neighborhood


This project by our longtime collaborator the Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology and funded by the TransitCenter (a more recent partner) is a motherlode of information about transit in your neighborhood! Type in your zipcode and you can find out how many jobs are accessible via transit in your neighborhood, how many workers live within a half mile, transportation costs as a percentage of income, walkable neighborhoods within a half mile of transit, workers who commute by bike and live within half mile of transit, farmers markets within a half mile of transit, workers who commute by walking, transit equity . . .

And there's an AllTransit Performance Score, which combines data on connectivity, job access, frequency of service, and commuting habits—it's the most comprehensive assessment of transit quality at the local level ever available to the public.

“AllTransit offers tremendous potential to increase our understanding of the value that high-quality transit provides American communities, by visualizing transit’s impact on job access, economic development, urban mobility, and social equity outcomes,” said TransitCenter ED David Bragdon.

Vote YES on Measure M on Nov. 8!!!


Just gotta say it again: Traffic Relief! Measure M would dramatically improve our transportation system and redefine commutes for residents in every corner of LA County to get all of us where we want to go, when we want to get there, however we choose to travel—train, bus, car, bike or on foot.

It's all about better Connections: Measure M would fund “LA County’s Traffic Improvement Plan,” significantly expanding and supporting the rail and bus transit systems, improving freeways and local roads, building bike paths and repairing sidewalks, and providing first-last-mile connections to transit stations for people of all ages and abilities. Measure M would replace an existing tax with a new tax that would raise $120 billion over 40 years and continue until voters decide to end it.

Read more about Metro's Traffic Improvement Plan.

Paid for by Campaign to Move LA, in Support of Transportation Ballot Measure M, Major Funding by Aaron Sosnick, HDR Engineering, Inc. & Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

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