Move L.A. Wants to Get Moving!

Denny Zane is calling on the Measure R Champions and challenging them to engage in a second round of battle, this time mobilizing to embrace the 30/10 campaign which will leverage the anticipated $40 Billion in funding and then expedite the process so that 30 years of transit construction can be completed in the next 10 years.

This "all or nothing" campaign has several anticipated benefits, including significant discounts on American product, significant environmental impact, significant employment opportunities, and, most of all, the completion of the 12 mega-transit projects that are currently in line, all within 10 years.

The MoveLA Camp Meeting was held Monday evening at LACMA’s Brown Auditorium and the invitation came complete with Metro instructions, a touch I appreciate. Of course, the sign-in table offered parking validation, an amenity I will continue to consider as a sign of disconnect until the day it is complemented with free air for my bicycle and Metro tokens for those prefer mass transit.

County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Metro Boardmember Richard Katz and Deputy Mayor Jaime de la Vega all addressed the eager audience which included officials and staff from Beverly Hills to San Gabriel alongside consultants and reps from transit non-profits and advocacy groups. The audience nodded eagerly as the "pie-in-the-sky" Long Range Transportation Plan was brought to the "now" and a timeline for the upcoming decade was laid out. Katz and de la Vega both moved quickly over the details of the 30/10 plan, dropping enough data and showing enough graphs to elicit a few "ooh’s" without having to slow down the momentum of the pep rally.

Art Leahy, CEO of the Metro, called on the MoveLA congregation saying "We ought to work together, we’ve got to build a countywide coalition of folks from the westside and San Fernando and San Gabriel and the harbor area and the South Bay Valley and then to go to Washington DC to compete for funds. This place, Los Angeles, is an economic engine and we ought to get our politics in line with that objective to help create the recovery that the Supervisor (Zev Yaroslavsky) was referencing."

Denny Zane closed with a battle cry for support from the Champions who did the heavy lifting on Measure R and who now simply need to work together to accelerate and implement, putting the $40 Billion revenue stream to work changing the world as we know it. This is the beginning of some very interesting times!

  • Listening to the speakers put me in mind of the dual contracts under which New York drastically expanded its heavy rail system in the early part of the 20th century, partly to relieve overcrowding. I read about them in Peter Derrick’s book Tunneling to the Future: The Story of the Great Subway Expansion that Saved New York.

    I think the key idea is Measure R provides a unique revenue stream of local match that could be leveraged to accelerate project pacing. The constraint has always been more financial than construction realities. While I don’t know whether it can be done to the extent they propose the concept has sound aspects and does speak to a favorable climate of desire for job creation, etc.

  • Good to see Zev finally coming around on this. ALL Angelenos need to support this. The health of the city depends on it.

  • JohnMcnary

    Get Gloria Molina on board. Some one needs to show her that east LA residents are entitled to crosstown transportation that would be provided by the subway. Remind her that her area suffers the most congestion and pollution of any district in the county. Point out that easing congestion across the entire basin results in less smog in Boyle Heights. Convince her that increasing urban densities through transit-oriented planning will give her constituents better and more places to live, citywide.

    She’s right that the eastside got screwed when the red line stopped at the river. But she ignores the fact that high speed rail is about to make East LA County the best-served transit area in Southern California. From 3d Street to Ontario in 30 minutes? San Francisco in 2 hours? Or to Beverly Center in 30 minutes via the Gold/Purple line?

  • “She’s right that the eastside got screwed when the red line stopped at the river.”

    Actually she is not. Metro had a full funding grant agreement for the Red Line extension but in the late 90s suspended work on the project as it lacked the local match to fund it. With no prospect of monies of that magnitude coming down the pike anytime soon the eastside power elite (including Molina) worked out a deal where the FFGA went for a Gold Line extension instead. A lot of folks worked hard to get the project Molina has been belittling the past few months.

    Maybe if the project stayed suspended it would have been included in the eventual Measure R and maybe would be built sometime in the next decade, with the funds spent on the Gold Line instead going to having Expo accelerate its pace in getting to Santa Monica. But of course a decade ago the idea of an additional sales tax being possible someday was a pipedream, and the eastside crowd decided they wanted something sooner rather than a vague maybe later.

    Molina should realize hopes of an eventual extension to Whittier depend on regional buy in and drop her phony claims of being robbed.

    BTW, the subway to the eastside would have been half the length of what is in place now (its terminus would have been 1st and Lorena).

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