Introducing, the “Measure J Page”

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As we approach election day, there’s going to be a lot of discussion of Measure J. Measure J is the proposed extension of the 2008 Measure R transit tax that is set to expire in 2039. Measure J would extend, not increase, the tax until 2069 allowing Metro to bond against future revenue to build the projects promised by Measure R in a shorter timeline.

To best inform our readers, we’re launching a new page on Streetsblog, the Measure J Page. The purpose of the page isn’t to endorse or oppose Measure J, but to provide a non-biased informational page with outgoing links to news and views on the ballot measure.

The Streetsblog Editorial Board has not discussed taking a position on Measure J, so it’s unlikely we’ll have an official position before November 6th. As a result, you won’t see us pushing for or against the ballot measure. We will try to inform voters, politicians, opinion makers and even other journalists. A major part of that effort will be continuing to update and promote this page.

If you have any links or other information you’d like us to add, please let me know in the comments section or by emailing damien at streetsblog dot org. Every time we update the page, we’ll make announcements on social media and in the next day’s Today’s Headlines.

  • Anonymous

    It really bugs me that the valley gets nothing…  not even the van nuys cooridor.  bullshit

  • Jerard Wright

     The Valley gets nothing? I guess the Sepulveda Pass corridor which would connect to a Van Nuys Corridor and the Orange Line that will be accelerated is a meaningless project to the Valley

  • Erik Griswold

    Oh there are going to be some unhappy Pomona Valley politicians…!

  • Just last week, streetsblog promoted an Anti-J event..

  • And if we ever hear about a Pro-J event, we’ll promote that too.

  • TEW

    There is no way I am voting to give Metro a blank check for another 30 years to 2069.
    They have already spent money on their own special interests with much of the money we gave them in 2008.
    In other words, Metro lied to us.
    Instead of the promises they made the last time, they gave us little progress.
    Metro is a self interest outfit that only cares about themselves.
    They do not care about your community or you.
    Their own history proves that fact.
    Metro claims that more money will ease traffic and bring swift progress to transportation.
    If that is true, then why was that not done already?
    The only ease of traffic will be their own road to the bank if you vote yes.
    Wake up and look at Metro for what it is.
    A corrupt money making machine that feeds off of your believing in them.

    George Vreeland Hill

  • I get that there are legitimate grievances against Metro, but calling Measure J a ‘blank check’ is nonsensical. Everything’s spelled out in the expenditure plan, and there are restrictions on transferring funds between different projects. I’m curious to know what examples you have to offer of Metro’s ‘special interests’ being funded at the expense of other priorities, because I’m not aware of any.

    If giving Metro money to deliver clearly specified highway and rail projects, subject to independent monitoring and auditing, is a ‘blank check’, then so is any other allocation of money, for any purpose, to any government agency in the history of civilization.

  • Rt213

    No way mta. Keep packing minorities in your buses like sardines. Audit small businesses that are not paying taxes. More money for mta encourages an out of control pension system for over paid bus drivers. Concentration of buses in downtown LA means that the tax should be born there by business in dtla. Businesses in south central, the east valley, north east sgv and other communities don’t benefit. Don’t tax small business in a recession. Don’t tax our children’s children either. Mta mistakenly underestimated their needs in 09. Why trust them anew when clearly, they can’t count. Mta… too large to fail?


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