Senate Still Holding Sales Tax Bill. Board of Supervisors Will Vote on it Again.

First, the good news. 

It seems the third time is the charm for Metro’s sales tax proposal with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  Supervisor Don Knabe, who had been lampooned on this website for his apparently confused views on the sales tax proposal announced via press release that he would introduce a motion to reconsider at the next Board of Supervisors meeting and would join Supervisors Burke and Yaroslavsky to pass the measure placing the half cent sales tax on the same ballot as the rest of the election.

From the Supervisor’s press release:

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has announced that at the
next meeting of the Board of Supervisors, he will enter a motion to
reconsider the Board’s previous vote on the Metropolitan Transit
Authority’s (MTA) sales tax measure. Supervisor Knabe has also decided
that at the time of the reconsideration he will change his vote from
‘no’ to ‘yes.’

Supervisor Knabe’s planned reconsideration and intention to change
his vote effectively means that the MTA sales tax measure now has the
three votes it needs to pass the Board of Supervisors and go before the
voters as part of the consolidated November 2008 Presidential Election
ballot, and not as a totally separate election.

Now, the bad news.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer has just appeared in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee as scheduled, but it was not to discuss A.B. 2321.  The Bottleneck Blog reports that Senators Gil Cedillo and Jenny Oropeza are holding up the legislation because they want to make certain that the Green Line Extension to LAX and the 710 Highway Expansion Tunneling project are fully funded by the proposal.  This hold up shouldn’t endanger the proposal’s addition to the November ballot.  Assemblyman Feuer’s office assures me that if the bill’s language doesn’t differ from what was passed by the Metro Board that A.B. 2321 can be passed at a later date.

  • Ken Alpern

    I am NOT a fan of any huge project like the Subway to the Sea or the 710 tunnel being fully funded by this sales tax, but if one is funded then the other should be as well…period.

    Although I am a Green Line advocate (Co-Chair, Friends of the Green Line, http://www.fogl.us), which means I am totally biased, I think that I make an exception for a full Green Line/LAX funding, because:

    1) It’s not big, it’s relatively small ($250 million) compared to the billion-dollar Expo, Wilshire and other projects

    2) Politically, it’s huge and until it’s fixed I don’t envision the voters are gonna be too happy about creating any new lines that don’t connect to key destinations

    3) Most importantly, it’s one of the most significant and costly legs of the Crenshaw Corridor proposal, which follows Expo, and during ongoing LAX renovation plans the time is NOW to get this small but vital project completed

  • I don’t have a problem with Green Line extensions, both north to the LAX Transit Center and south to the Galleria, as part of a comprehensive, county-wide system.

    The same argument applies to Green Line extensions, in my mind, as apply to completing Expo and extending the subway. All will bring people from one end of the region (where they live) to the other (where the jobs are).

    Equity is not completely determined by where one rests one’s head at night. It is also determined by where that head is during business hours.

  • Matt Gleason

    Ken
    I see some of the logic of a green line airport spur. I understand that LAX employees who live in Inglewood, Compton, and certian parts of South LA will find their commutes mcuh improved.

    That said, will it really provide acceptably speedy trips to LAX for the rest of the regions residents?

    Isn’t the LAWA Flyaway
    a) much cheaper
    b) much faster
    c) much more flexible

    I live in Korea town, and I would never dream of taking the Purple to Blue to Green trip to LAX. It would take twice as long as using the Fly Away.

  • “I live in Korea town, and I would never dream of taking the Purple to Blue to Green trip to LAX. It would take twice as long as using the Fly Away.”
    ——————

    Yes, but once the Crenshaw line is extended to the Purple Line, then that would be an attractive way of getting to the Airport.

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