LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Measure R2, Priorities & Politics!

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There are two questions hanging over Move LA’s 7th Annual Transportation Conversation: Question #1) How robust a sales tax measure should Metro place before voters in 2016? Should it be for 30-years, like Measure R -- which could provide an estimated $46 billion for transportation improvements? Or a 45-year measure that could provide $92 billion or more? Or how about a measure with no sunset — which would provide a permanent endowment for transportation modernization in LA County?

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Renters Make LA Work — Let’s Make LA Work for Renters

BY JOE DONLIN, STRATEGIC ACTIONS FOR A JUST ECONOMY

It may come as a surprise to some that the majority of all people living in Los Angeles are renters not home owners — 60% — and renters from all over the city will gather at City Hall on Wednesday, April 22, for the 2nd Annual Renters’ Day beginning at 8:30 a.m. They are calling upon LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LA City Council to move policy forward that protects renters from substandard housing, unaffordable housing, and gentrification.

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Can This Grand Coalition Agree On Which Projects To Fund?

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The business-labor-environmental coalition that believes we must build out our transit system is even broader now than it was when we helped the Measure R sales tax win a 2/3 vote on the ballot in 2008. A bigger, bold new coalition is coming together around a possible new transportation ballot measure, and it includes LA County's cities and subregional councils of government, faith-based organizations, students and community colleges, people with disabilities, community-based organizations concerned about public health and social equity, affordable housing advocates and arts organizations.

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ICYMI: Former Santa Monica Mayor Driving Effort To Expand Regional Transit

Denny.jpgThe story of Denny Zane's transit epiphany, in the Santa Monica Daily Press: The epiphany came to Denny Zane as he sat in his idling vehicle, exasperated. It was about eight years ago, and the former Santa Monica mayor was stuck in demoralizing eastbound traffic on Olympic Boulevard between Stewart Street and Interstate 405. READ MORE.

The epiphany came to Denny Zane as he sat in his idling vehicle, exasperated.

It was about eight years ago, and the former Santa Monica mayor was stuck in demoralizing eastbound traffic on Olympic Boulevard between Stewart Street and Interstate 405.

- See more at: http://smdp.com/mayor-driving-effort-expand-regional-transit/147168#sthash.PPz7GtlO.dpuf

The epiphany came to Denny Zane as he sat in his idling vehicle, exasperated.

It was about eight years ago, and the former Santa Monica mayor was stuck in demoralizing eastbound traffic on Olympic Boulevard between Stewart Street and Interstate 405.

- See more at: http://smdp.com/mayor-driving-effort-expand-regional-transit/147168#sthash.PPz7GtlO.dpuf

The epiphany came to Denny Zane as he sat in his idling vehicle, exasperated.

It was about eight years ago, and the former Santa Monica mayor was stuck in demoralizing eastbound traffic on Olympic Boulevard between Stewart Street and Interstate 405.

- See more at: http://smdp.com/mayor-driving-effort-expand-regional-transit/147168#sthash.PPz7GtlO.dpuf


Spotlight on the San Fernando Valley: The Orange Line Conversion to Light Rail

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The Orange Line Conversion to Light Rail: This is the 3rd in a series on the San Fernando Valley transit corridor projects that are being discussed as contenders for funding from a transportation sales tax measure that could be put on the November 2016 ballot.

The Orange Bus Rapid Transit Line that crosses the San Fernando Valley from the Red Line station in North Hollywood to Chatsworth 18 miles to the west was an immediate success upon opening in 2005: Ridership tripled on the line during the first year and then climbed another 35% to about 30,000 boardings a day. The line’s success, however, means buses are crowded during peak periods, which has caused proponents to argue it should be converted to light rail.

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They Stood Up 4 Transportation

Transportation leaders stood up for transportation at the American Public Transportation Association’s “SU4T Day” press conference at LA Metro headquarters Thursday to urge Congress to reauthorize the often-delayed federal transportation bill. Many expressed thanks for the Measure R sales tax that continues to provide local money for transportation projects even when the future of federal funding is so uncertain, and also noted that Measure R has been useful in leveraging significant federal “matching” funds.

Move LA Executive Director Denny Zane was among those who called on members of Congress to get their act together: “We think there are lessons to be learned in Washington that we have already learned here in LA County,” Denny said. “It is time to find common ground – and to stop posturing and start authorizing!” Denny was referring to the business-labor-environmental coalition that came together to support passage of the Measure R sales tax – unlikely partners who are more often at odds, except when it comes to transportation

It should be noted that incoming LA Metro CEO Philip Washington, currently CEO of the Denver Regional Transportation District, is the chair of the American Public Transportation Association. It should also be noted that transportation leaders in LA County are considering passage of another sales tax measure, which at Move LA we like to call Measure R2.

Read more about problems with the federal reauthorization.

 

 


Measure BB Half-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Won In 2014 — What Are The Lessons For LA County?

The passage of the Measure BB half-cent sales tax for transportation in Alameda County last November provides a few lessons for all of those (including Move LA) who are thinking about putting a similar transportation measure on the ballot here, probably in 2016. One of the most salient is that it’s important to start the campaign early in order to build both consensus and ownership.

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#SU4T: Stand Up For Transportation At Patsaouras Plaza April 9

On April 9 140 communities across the U.S. are staging a “Stand Up for Transportation Day” to emphasize the need for long-term investment in our transportation infrastructure — and the reauthorization of a federal transportation bill before it expires on May 31. Below is an unhappy story about ongoing problems reauthorizing the federal bill. (Note: The Washington DC-based American Public Transportation Association is organizing “Stand Up for Transportation Day” — and I borrowed some from their blog for my post below. Also note: Incoming LA Metro CEO Phillip Washington is APTA’s current chair.)

 

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