LA County Supervisors Put 1/4 Cent Sales Tax Measure on March Ballot to Fund Homeless Services

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Move LA has been working with LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and advocates for people who are homeless to build support for a permanent source of funding for the LA County Homeless Initiative and the comprehensive plan it outlines. We were very pleased with the turnout Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting, where nearly 100 speakers lined up to ask the Board of Supervisors to put a 1/4-cent sales tax on the ballot that could raise about $355 million a year over its 10-year lifespan to fund supportive services and housing. The board voted unanimously to do so. This is some of the news coverage:

LA TimesDaily NewsSouthern California Public RadioBusinessmagz.comlawestmedia.com.


LA Times: Get Ready for Measure M!

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Great editorial from the LA Times about how Measure M projects may eventually triple the number of transit riders in LA County, and how these projects might also radically change the communities where new rail lines and stations are located—for better and for worse: While some neighborhoods may welcome the investment and real estate boom likely to occur in neighborhoods near transit, others have a legitimate fear that longtime residents will be pushed out. This is a big concern for Metro and for transit riders since low-income Angelenos make up 80% of Metro's ridership . . . (Photo: Renters gather outside the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles to demonstrate against evictions, rent increases, displacement and gentrification on Sept. 22.) READ MORE.


Denny Zane in the LA Times: Fortune—and LA Voters—Favor the Bold

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Los Angeles voters were in an especially giving mood. (Photo: Press at the post-victory Measure M press conference.)

Four major tax measures, clustered near the bottom of the ballot, sailed to victory in Los Angeles on election day, mostly by dizzying margins.

Voters embraced $94 million per year for parks, $1.2 billion to house the city’s homeless, $3.3 billion for community college facilities and a stunning $120 billion to pay for subways, light rail lines and other transit projects over 40 years. Those measures, backers say, will help Los Angeles tackle two of its most intractable problems — traffic and homelessness — and potentially reshape the region.

Read more in the LA Times.


Measure M Is for Our Kids

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I have been excitedly talking about Measure M with friends and family ever since it was announced as the ballot initiative for traffic reduction in LA County. While almost everyone is supportive, a few people have candidly told me that they believe they will never see the benefits of Measure M in their lifetime.

I get what they are saying. Project completion dates like 2029 and beyond seem far away, even for someone in their early thirties.

In reality, however, the "local return" funding that will be provided to all 88 cities in LA County will mean immediate road repairs, and recently announced public-private partnership agreements would accelerate major projects. While this answer addresses their concern, it isn’t the best answer. You see, Measure M is actually about my children because my kids love public transit. 

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A Rally for the History Books

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It was truly a historic event the Friday before Election Day when more than 100 supporters, dozens of organizations, and politicians from across LA County came out to the North Hollywood Metro Station for a pep rally organized by Move LA to support Measure M on the November 8 ballot.

Mayor Eric Garcetti called it the biggest, strongest coalition he'd seen in his political life—including Republicans and Democrats, business leaders and union workers, environmentalists and disabilities activists, faith leaders as well as organizations representing older Americans and people with disabilities.

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#VoteYesOnM Twitter Chat #2: Environment

Los Angeles County has some of the worst air quality in the country, caused by pollution by cars. Measure M will provide a myriad of environmental benefits from greening streets with shade trees and installing cool pavement and solutions to stormwater runoff from roads. Ultimately, though, it will take cars off the road which means we can all breathe a little bit easier. MoveLA and Climate Resolve brought together environmental advocates to talk about the environmental benefits of Measure M and their support for #VoteYesOnM. Check out the Storify below for a recap of our Twitter Chat...which trended at #5 in Los Angeles!

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Join our THUNDERCLAP #VoteYesOnM Campaign and Let's Make Some Noise!

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Take just 1 minute to join our THUNDERCLAP campaign to make a really big noise Monday morning across facebook, twitter and tumblr by urging your friends and followers to #VoteYesOnM. Why? Because Measure M would improve roads, freeways and sidewalks, and provide more rail, bus and bike lanes so we can all get where we need to go when we need to be there—whether by rail, car, bus, bike or on foot! Oh and we'd create 465,000 good-paying local jobs!

All you have to do is click here to allow Thunderclap to automatically send a customizable message to your friends and followers about Measure M. If 100 or more of us click to support this campaign by Monday morning, Thunderclap will automatically send out our messages to all our friends and followers—at the same time—and BOOM!!! The impact across these 3 media channels will be far greater than if each of us posts individually.

Working together we can have an impact. So please, go to Thunderclap right now and click the red “support with” button. Honestly, it takes less than a minute. And it could be crazy fun on Monday morning! Even if you decide to sleep in.

Do it NOW!


#VoteYesOnM Means Mobility for Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and the Rest of Uss

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Cynde lives in Long Beach and commutes to her job as a disability rights advocate in downtown Los Angeles, using her wheelchair and traveling along the Blue Line and the Red Line. On weekends she has difficulty getting to the Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center in Downey because of a lack of connecting service; however, Measure M will address this and other mobility obstacles by repairing sidewalks, installing more curb cuts and increasing the number of transit connections where she can change lines.

Stephanie, an older adult living in Los Feliz, would like to take advantage of what the city has to offer but without a car.  Measure M is a means to reduce the impact of cars being the dominant source of transportation in Los Angeles and provide older adults with the option of easy access to affordable public transportation that will take Stephanie where she wants to go. 

Harrison, a representative of special needs students in the Student Senate at Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley, travels to school each morning with Access services and home by bus each afternoon, a 1½ to 2 hour commute each way. Measure M’s increased funding for Access services and expanded bus service plus a conversion of the Orange line to light rail will create higher service levels and greater connectivity that will shorten commutes for Harrison and many others.   

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Want to Hear Something Really Scary?

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It’s Halloween, and we have a really scary story to tell. It's about LA's nightmare traffic and how it will only get worse as LA County's population continues to grow. As you get ready to go out tonight, take a minute—you're probably just sitting in traffic anyway—and think about it: more traffic, more cars, more potholes, more air pollution, more of your valuable time wasted sitting in traffic, stoplight after stoplight. Totally scary, right?

You can prevent this nightmare from happening by pledging to VOTE YES ON MEASURE M today.

The population of Los Angeles County is projected to increase by 1.5 million people by 2060, meaning more congestion on our already clogged streets and highways. The future of Los Angeles could be a real-life Halloween nightmare if Measure M doesn’t pass on November 8. It is like the archetypical Hollywood horror film character who we all know is about to make the wrong choice.
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Cue the spooky music.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can make the right choice. We can choose to alleviate our traffic, fix our broken streets, and build a 21st transportation network that truly serves all residents of L.A. County. So pledge to vote YES ON MEASURE M on November 8!

And while you are out with your family, friends and neighbors tonight don't forget to tell them about the real scare they're in for if they don’t VOTE YES on Measure M . . .



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