THE SOURCE: BOARD MEMBERS ATTENDING MOVE LA'S TRANSPORTATION CONVERSATION INDICATED THEIR (QUALIFIED) SUPPORT FOR A NEW SALES TAX MEASURE

Steve Hymon notes that while the Metro Board has yet to decide whether to put an extension of the existing Measure R sales tax for transportation on the ballot or whether it should be an additional sales tax measure, board members who attended Move LA's conference voiced their support for one or the other — probably in 2016:
* LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was open to the idea, and prioritized a rail connection to LAX;
* Metro Board Chair and Lakewood City Councilmember Diane DuBois said she's willing to put a measure on the ballot and let the voters of LA County decide, but urged full consideration of the impact of increased taxation on the business climate in the county;
* LA City Councilmember and Metro Boardmember Mike Bonin supported the idea of a new sales tax, prioritized funding the LAX Connect idea of connecting riders to the airport via a People Mover, and indicated he would have preferred to see a transit project built up the 405 instead of the current road improvement project;
* LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas also indicated his support for another ballot measure, noting that it's time to extend the Crenshaw/LAX Line north to the Purple Line subway so riders can reach Westside destinations.

Read more about what they said on the Source.
 

 

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