UPDATED Monday, October 22-2:45 PM
The Beverly Hills City Council will have yet another chance to
publicly back the Board of Education in opposition of Measure J at its
study session on Tuesday afternoon.
The study session begins at 1:45 p.m in the council chambers at City Hall [455 North Rexford Drive,
Councilwoman Lili Bosse has already joined Vice Mayor John Mirisch in
making their public opposition to Measure J perfectly clear.
“I am proud to oppose Measure J,” Bosse told The Courier.
“We must stand side-by-side with our school board and protect our only
high school. Measure J is a blank check that is fiscally irresponsible.”
Measure J is an extension of a half-cent transportation sales tax
approved by voters as Measure R in 2009. Measure J would extend the tax
30 more years to 2069. Many have called Measure J a “blank check” for
the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The item was on the agenda at the request of Vice Mayor John Mirisch
at the City Council’s study session two weeks ago, but was placed near
the bottom of the agenda by Mayor Willie Brien. When the session ended
without discussing Measure J, Mirisch asked that it be brought up at
that night’s formal council meeting, considering the schedule was light.
That night’s formal meeting lasted only about an hour, but Measure J
was not brought back up for discussion.
Mirisch told The Courier after the meeting that it “seemed
like a stalling tactic” and that it was important to take a position on
Measure J, which he called another example of “blank check crony
Mirisch has joined Board of Education President Brian Goldberg and
boardmembers Lisa Korbatov and Lewis Hall at Coalition to Defeat Measure
J rallies over the last week in Los Angeles and most recently, Thursday
at Metro’s headquarters when L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich
voiced his public opposition to Measure J.
Brien told The Courier after the meeting that the council
did not have enough time to thoroughly discuss it at that meeting, but
that it would be discussed at the next study session, which is tomorrow
at 1:45 p.m.
“We had a lot of things on the agenda and we want to have time to discuss things open and fairly,” Brien said.
Monday, October 22, 2012
South Pasadena City Council Will Hold Measure J Meeting Tuesday
The special meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
By Donna Evans 2:13 pm
Measure J, which, if approved, will extend the voter-approved one-half cent traffic relief sales tax for another 30 years. It was added to the Nov. 6 ballot by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The measure is subtitled: Accelerating Traffic Relief, Job Creation. The draft resolution can be found on the City website here.
A Pasadena Star News article states that some opponents to Metro's SR-710 N. Gap Closure Project have objected to Measure J, opining it will help Metro with the freeway project. However, Metro, the article says, has maintained that Measure R "provided sufficient funding for the SR-710, so the project would not be affected by Measure J.''
Since this is a special meeting, it will not be broadcast or webstreamed, according to a press release from the city. However, audio recordings will be available through the City Clerk’s Office at 626-403-7230.
San Rafael Neighborhoods Association October Newsletter