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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Presentation Revised and available in
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http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2012/Update below: Beverly Hills Unifiedvotes to oppose Measure J, board members join No on J effort.
county sales tax measure to accelerate transportation projects has
slightly more than the two-thirds level of support required for passage,
according to internal polling from the Yes campaign.
is leading 68-22, according the poll. However, the pollster warns that
after voters hear positive and negative messages about the half-cent
sales tax extension, the margin narrows to 67-27 -- putting it on the
cusp of defeat. Measure J is an extension of Measure R, the half-cent sales tax
measure voters narrowly approved in 2008. Measure R is set to expire in
2039. Measure J would extend the tax for an extra 30 years. That would
allow the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to borrow more money now
to accelerate projects already funded under Measure R.
Supporters contend that the measure will accelerate the creation of 400,000 jobs, based on this report from the L.A. Economic Development Corporation.
It also will speed up the completion of seven transit projects (shown
below), as well as funding highway projects and bus operations. If
Measure J is approved, the Westside subway, now set for completion in
2036, would be done in 2022. The Sepulveda Pass project, now scheduled
for 2039, would be completed by 2025.
Opponents, including Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich, argue
that the jobs figure is exaggerated. They point out that Measure J
won't create any jobs that would not already be created under Measure R.
A ballot argument against the measure, signed by the two supervisors,
calls it "a blank check that our kids and grandkids will pay for the
next 60 years."
The polling memo, by Fairbank, Maslin, Maulin,
Metz & Associates, argues that "job creation is Measure J's most
effective selling point" and that the prospects for passage "look
However, the memo also warns, "The close margin in
favor of the two-thirds vote required for Measure J passage argues that a
well-funded advertising campaign is essential to assure victory."
is far from a sure thing. According to a fundraising report filed this
week, the Yes campaign has raised just $171,000. That puts it ahead of
the $108,000 the Measure R campaign had raised at this point in 2008 --
but it's still not much considering the need to reach a countywide
Matt Szabo, the executive director of the Yes
campaign, said the campaign has raised substantial contributions since
the Sept. 30 deadline, and that the campaign will have enough money to
run TV spots.
"We're ahead of where we were four years ago," Szabo said.
far, Westfield Corp. is the largest contributor to the campaign,
putting in $100,000. Westfield owns the Century City Mall, which will be
close to a stop on the Westside subway extension. Other major
contributors include the L.A./O.C. Building and Construction Trades
Council ($25,000), the International Union of Operating Engineers Local
12 ($25,000) and contractor CH2M Hill ($20,000).
Update: The Beverly Hills Unified School District board voted 5-0 on Tuesday night to oppose Measure J. The district has been fighting MTA for years
over the routing of the Westside subway under Beverly Hills High
School, and recently filed an environmental lawsuit to try to block
tunneling under the school.
In the past, the school board has
stressed that it supports the subway but opposes the current route. But
by taking a position against Measure J, the board is broadening its
opposition in an effort to send a message that "MTA is run amok," said
Brian Goldberg, the president of the Beverly Hills Unified board.
only way to put some boundaries around MTA's tactics is to starve the
beast," Goldberg said. "This is one way to send the message that MTA has
to clean up and change the way it does business and stop creating
sweetheart deals for developers at the expense of the residents of L.A.
Some Beverly Hills Unified board members are joining with the Bus Riders
Union, the No on 710 Committee and the Crenshaw Subway Coalition to
form a "No on J" committee. Goldberg said the group would seek to raise money from Beverly Hills parents.
concerning sign for the "Yes on J" committee is that the MTA is not
spending as much money as it did in 2008 to inform voters about the
ballot measure. In 2008, the MTA spent $1 million to send color
brochures about Measure R to every registered voter. But at the
direction of the board, the MTA is not doing that again for Measure J,
said Marc Littman, an MTA spokesman.
"We're doing an extremely limited public education effort," Littman said. The MTA has a Measure J website and some brochures, and has sprung for some print advertisements.
if that meant that the Yes campaign would have to raise money to make
up the difference, Szabo said the MTA educational effort "wasn't part of
Measure R's budget four years ago and it isn't part of Measure J's
Posted by Ellen Biasin on the No on Measure J Facebook page
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For everyone who wants to transition from traffic, congestion, pollution: reclaiming city streets
The Sierra Madre City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to join
other local cities in opposition to a proposed tunnel extension of the
In the discussion regarding closing the 710 gap between Pasadena and
the Long Beach Freeway in El Sereno, Mayor Josh Moran expressed concern
that while Sierra Madre is in a study area as being affected by the
extension, councilmembers had not been invited to meetings held by Metro
to get the input of stakeholders.
“I wasn’t invited,” he said. “I just showed up. But that’s not
what irked me the most.” Several of the other identified stakeholders,
such as Duarte, were also not invited, he said. “Some of these plans
would impact our community.”
South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti spoke about the position that
city had taken on connecting the two spurs of the 710, and invited the
Sierra Madre City Council to join in opposing the Caltrans plan. He
urged the council to support a multi-modal plan that encompasses several
transportation alternatives, including funding the Alameda Corridor
East, electrified transportation rail to move goods from the ports, and
full funding of the Gold Line east to the Ontario Airport and west to
Universal City, and the Gold Line through East L.A. to San Bernardino.
Cacciotti noted that north-south corridor is not well-served by
public transportation, but said that the tunnel would not solve that
problem, because it would by-pass many of the busiest locations. He
suggested a bus line that would serve the many schools and business
centers along that corridor, including Art Center, Caltech, Pasadena
City College, Cal State Los Angeles, and East Los Angeles College, and
light rail from below the 60 Freeway to the Fillmore Gold Line station
Councilmember John Capoccia asked if the bus line would be similar to
the Orange Line, with dedicated bus lanes. Cacciotti did not have
specifics because the plan would go through several cities. Capoccia
said, “A train is one thing. People find the train to be somewhat
convenient. The bus is not convenient.”
He also pointed out that both San Marino and Alhambra support the
tunnel, because those cities are impacted by surface street traffic
going to and from the Long Beach Freeway.
Several speakers and councilmembers brought up the impact on air
quality they believe the tunnel would have, and the expected increase in
traffic on the 210 Freeway that providing access via the tunnel would
cause. Some of the concern was related to studies showing an increase
in emissions at the mouths of tunnels, but the issue of truck traffic
According to Cacciotti, Metro keeps changing its mind regarding
whether or not the tunnel will be open to truck traffic. Cacciotti
insisted that regular vehicles would not be taking the tunnel to get
downtown, but trucks would use it to get to the distribution center in
the high desert.
Harry Baldwin, executive director of the 710 Coalition, a group that
supports closing the gap, said that the coalition represents Alhambra,
Monterey Park, San Marino, and other cities and labor groups. “This is a
transportation program that has been in effect for 50 years,” he said.
He said the tunnel option alleviates the objection to losing homes and
property to a surface route.
The tunnel, as a public/private partnership, would be built by a firm
in Spain, he said, and to recoup their costs and make a profit, they
have to charge tolls. Councilmember Chris Koerber said that when tolls
are too high, people will not pay them and traffic is dumped onto the
street, but trucking companies will pay.
Baldwin does not think that trucks will use the route, because it
will add six miles to their trip and there are two steep grades on the
route. He asked the city council to wait until Metro’s environmental
impact report is completed before making a decision.
When Mayor Moran called for a vote, it was decided to oppose the
tunnel but to not yet endorse another plan. “I think we have the
opportunity to make the resolution go further, but I don’t feel
comfortable at this juncture,” he said, citing the length of the
document provided by South Pasadena and the need to look at other
information as well.
Councilmember Koerber agreed. “I think keep it simple,” he said. “Then we can revisit it.”
The council voted to oppose the 710 tunnel, and to have staff write up the resolution.
Time and Again - Los Angeles Business Journal Opposing the Extension of Measure R
Posted by John Mirisch on the No on Measure J Facebook page: "The article opposing an extension of Measure R was published in the LA
Business Journal in May, before Measure J had a ballot designation. The
arguments are largely the same..."
You need to read the article using the link as I cannot copy the article:
I am happy to report that Sierra Madre will be drafting
a resolution in opposition
of the 710 tunnel.
It was an interesting evening. South Pasadena Mayor
Michael Cacciotti gave a ten
minute presentation, and then answered questions
from the Council Members for
25 minutes. Then, Mr. Baldwin, a hired
representative, who is Nat Reads replacement
from the "710 Freeway Coalition" spoke
for a while. The Council Members asked him
a few questions. I loved when they
asked him if he got paid to be there. Then four
people spoke against the 710 tunnel. Today I
learned that the tunnels will have 16'
clearance, exactly what is needed for trucks to go
There had been a lot of information sent to the City
Council over the weekend.
And they had done their homework. They were not
happy that Metro left them out
of the process. They also stated that the tunnel
was not good for the community and
a total waste of money.
Sierra Madre's next meeting is in two weeks.
No on Measure J
Posted by Sunyoung Yang on No on Measure J Facebook page
We're uniting efforts with Crenshaw Community Subway Coalition,
Inglewood, Beverly Hills Unified School District Board, East LA and of
course No on 710 to defeat measure J and show MTA they cannot trample
the communities and ignore our demands. No blank check for MTA for more
corporate handouts while we get the pollution, displacement, service
cuts, health and safety threatened.
(There is a photo of Sunyong Yang in the article in the last post which I was unable to copy: http://bhcourier.com/beverly-hills-los-angeles-community-leaders-form-alliance-oppose-measure-j-metros-blank-check/2012/10/09 )
No on Measure J Coalition Is Formed
Posted in the Beverly Hills Courier http://bhcourier.com/beverly-hills-los-angeles-community-leaders-form-alliance-oppose-measure-j-metros-blank-check/2012/10/09
Bus Riders Union, LA Groups, Beverly Hills Join to Stop Measure J
Updated Tuesday, October 09, 2012– 7:40 PM
By Matt Lopez and Marla Schevker
In a rebuke to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Third
District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, community leaders from all over Los
Angeles County met today at the Beverly Hills Unified School District
office to form the No On Measure J Coalition, an alliance to oppose
“[The Bus Riders Union has] dealt with [Metro] for the last 15 years
and we know how they work,” Sunyoung Yang, Bus Riders Union
spokesperson, said. “We find it very critical that many different
community groups, who have been having a lot of concerns and issues
around what MTA is proposing and [working] on, should get together and
try to leverage more pressure on the MTA to do what the community is
asking for, not what they want.”
Alliance members include board members of the Beverly Hills Board of
Education, LA BASTA, Crenshaw Subway Coalition, Faithful Central Bible
Church in Inglewood, the Bus Riders Union, the No On 710 Action
Committee and other Beverly Hills organizations, who agreed to work
together to fight what is essentially a 30 year extension of the Measure
R half cent sales tax, which is currently set to expire in 2038.
“Measure J, if approved, would be a blank check for the MTA to use,”
Yang said. “There is no accountability whatsoever in Metro. The passage
of Measure J would give MTA unlimited amounts of leeway to first ignore
the community concerns and continue with [the] destructive projects that
both Measure R and Measure J are pushing for.”
The purpose of the initial meeting was to begin discussing a plan for
public opposition to Measure J including phone banks, literature, lawn
signs and car magnets.
“This really is a David versus Goliath, where the MTA has unlimited
resources and unlimited funds for the Yes on J campaign,” Brian David
Goldberg, Beverly Hills Board of Education president, said. “So any way
that we can work together to create those economies of scale and turn
the narrative around, that this isn’t just about wealthy people in
Beverly Hills who oppose the subway underneath the high school [but]
really is a regional issue. If you’re concerned about regional issues
that the best thing to do is to vote No on J.”
The No On Measure J Coalition will be working on a voter outreach
campaign to educate residents on the impacts of Measure J. Each
organization will work to reach their individual communities while as a
whole, the coalition will pool knowledge and resources to help each
other towards the common goal of defeating Measure J
“It’s showing the unity to communities are getting together and
fighting for the same cause under one flag,” LA BASTA Chairperson Art
Pulido said. “The flag is to protect our communities from politicians.
They come in, destroy our communities and leave. They just had Measure R
and no one knows where all that money went. We want accountability to
where that other money went before we can even start thinking about
The coalition will be hosting an official press conference next
Tuesday at 10 a.m. The location has yet to be determined but will be
announced at noonmeasurej.net, which is due to go live by the end of the week.
See the article for a video.
No On Measure J Signs
Posted by Marie Salas on No On Measure J Facebook page
just got one hundred lawn signs delivered on no measure J to my home
for our El Sereno Tenant Forum, Saturday October 20th. If anyone needs a
lawn sign come to our forum at 3218 Sheffield Avenue, El Sereno from