One Last Look at “Yes” and “No” on Measure R

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One could argue that the main battle over Measure R has been between a battle for the transit system that LA needs versus the parochial concerns of politicians fighting to get more money spent in their districts regardless of need.  Indeed, that’s the argument that has dominated the debate despite the efforts of the Bus Rider’s Union to inject race and socio-economic concerns and cyclists and pedestrians earlier efforts to set aside funds for non-motorized transportation.

Given that frame, these two images from the outstanding Metro Library struck me earlier today as the perfect frame for theat debate.  Two pictures to take with you into the booth tomorrow that help define what the argument is about.  In the end, who do you want to side with, politicians fighting for regional equity, or students fighting for a vision of Los Angeles having a complete transit map?  Do you want to support the guy with the "Gold Line Now" sign who apparently thinks the best way to fund transit projects is to vote against transit funding; or the students who, to a person, walked or biked to their political rally?

Both Photos Courtesy the Metro Library

  • Sirinya Tritipeskul

    I am deeply touched by the last paragraph. I’m one of the students pictured on this blog entry. (I want rapid transit to the Valley so that I can get home more easily to see my family, and so that my family and many thousands of others can have a non-SOV alternative to get to their jobs in Beverly Hills and by the airport respectively.) I walked to the rally and have held signs for the past four weeks in support of Measure R. However imperfect it is, I think the fact that we have this kind of ballot measure (which is different from a bond measure, which I think is akin to a bandaid) to vote yes or no on this Tuesday signals that we are at a very important crossroads here in LA. Our congestion is compromising the economic health and quality of life in LA. Just think of all the places and people we don’t visit because it would take too long to travel. We have this opportunity to reimagine LA as not just this car-dominated metropolis where only the transit-dependent use public transit to get around. The use of cars won’t go away if Measure R passes, but finally we will have a steady stream of funding to pay for infrastructure improvements around the County.

  • Excellent post. Too bad the Voter Information Guide doesn’t have such helpful visuals.

  • I’m crossing my fingers and praying to god, the universe whoever it is that is in charge that Measure R passes. To me the only way people will learn is through natural consequence. (I have to say that I was happy when Bush won the first time, I didn’t go so far as to vote for Bush, but I found Clinton’s moderate policies and me, me, me vibe is what made it easy to go to Bush, it should have never been close enough steal…)

    A child learns not to play with fire by getting burned, people will learn to not play nice with Metro by getting burned and there will be no better proof of that than the passage of Measure R. I’m voting an enthusiastic yes. I’m voting yes for all of the people who do believe in fairy tales.

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