The following excerpt appeared in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on October 28, 2016. To read the full commentary, click here.
Yes on M; we must invest in transportation: Guest commentary – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
By Linda C. Lowry
October 28, 2016
With the recent Daily Bulletin endorsement “Vote No on M …” (Oct. 26), another voice must be heard. It seems that the primary cause for this anti-endorsement is that Traffic Improvement Investment Measure M is a permanent tax for Los Angeles County residents. Here are some reasons why a permanent tax to support our transportation infrastructure is necessary:
• Measure M funding at a city/county level is more cost effective, timely and accountable than relying on state and federal funding.
• State and federally funded projects do not include continued funding for investment in ongoing maintenance as Measure M does. Pomona would receive almost $2.2 million per year — more than a 50 percent increase in available maintenance funds to repair our worn and potholed streets.
• Measure M includes funding for itemized projects which are otherwise not funded until decades away, or not at all. For Pomona, we would actually live to see completion of the Highway 71 widening and the Gold Line Extension to Claremont. 
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