The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on September 6, 2016. To read the full article, click here.
LA County business and labor groups seem to agree on this one November ballot measure – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Steve Scauzillo
September 6, 2016
Business and labor — intrinsically on opposite sides — have come together in a big way to support a November ballot measure that would raise sales tax in Los Angeles County by one-half cent and stream about $860 million annually for highway, rail, bus and road maintenance projects for the next 40 years.
Meanwhile, a loose-knit coalition in opposition to the measure may be growing.
Measure M, the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan, asks voters to approve a one-half cent sales tax starting in 2017 that would increase to one cent in 2039. The measure establishes a new, permanent sales tax with no sunset that requires two-thirds voter approval on Nov. 8.
A long list of projects include burrowing a transit tunnel under the Sepulveda Pass connecting West Los Angeles with the San Fernando Valley; extending the foothill Gold Line to Claremont; finishing the Purple Line subway to Westwood and the Crenshaw Line to LAX; running a new light-rail line from Artesia to Union Station; improvements to the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit in the San Fernando Valley; building the Green Line extension to Torrance; fixing the 57/60 Freeway interchange and completing the 71 Freeway to Rio Rancho Road.
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