Welcome 2019! Bring it on! We've begun the New Year by moving from our previous home in the MALDEF building on Spring Street and 7th into a shared office space at the LA Clean Tech Incubator in the Arts District, where we're planning for a year of transformational opportunity—beginning with our Vision 2020 plan to help Southern California dump diesel, conquer climate change, and become a model for the world!
It's been a good decade for Move LA and our ever-expanding coalition of civic and community leaders. We made a real impact teeing up Measures R (2008) and M (2016) to provide $160 billion for transportation (70% for transit) in LA County. Then we played a significant role in winning votes for Measure H (2017) to help end homelessness in LA County) and in protecting $5 billion/year in statewide transportation funding (2018)—voters in LA County rejected Prop 6 by the largest margin, 60.05% to 39.95%, compared to 55% to 45% statewide!
Can we top that? That's our goal! On our 2019 to-do list:
- Convince our new governor to sign a bill creating a statewide universal discounted student transit pass program to increase transit ridership and help reduce the cost of an education.
- Make it easier to approve tax increment financing districts so Sen. Allen’s SB 961, which we sponsored and which was signed by Gov. Brown last year, can make it possible for more transit riders to live near transit in mixed-income, mixed-use, green and leafy neighborhoods. (SB 961 would create a TIF dedicating 40% for affordable housing, 10% for urban greening, and 50% for transit capital projects and other neighborhood improvements.)
- Launch our campaign to dump diesel and conquer climate change! Bold, right?! We’re building a 4-county coalition to work with the South Coast Air Quality Management District on a regional ballot measure to 1) reduce GHGs by accelerating the deployment of clean technologies and vehicles 2) expand and electrify Metrolink 3) finally meet Clean Air Act standards (for the first time. The result will be an expanding market for clean cars and trucks that will bring the price and GHG emissions down.
As you know, we believe that fortune favors the bold. Join us in 2019!