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Bike Shop Hosts “The Great Measure R” Debate

10:39 AM PDT on October 28, 2008

There's been one small thing missing from the Measure R debate.  With the exception of political posturing from county supervisors and a small debate hosted by Green LA, there hasn't been an actual "debate" between the proponents and opponents of Metro's sales tax proposal.

Well, thanks to Josef Bray-Ali and his Flying Pigeon bicyle shop, that's going to change tomorrow evening.  The bike shop will be hositng the Southern California Transit Advocate's Hank Fung and the Bus Bench's Randall "Bus Tard" Flemming tomorrow evening at 7:00 P.M.  The Flying Pigeon shop is located at 5711 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042.

Here's a description of the debate in Josef's own words.  To read an even more full description check out his blog at Flying Pigeon LA.

The debate will be sizzling! It will start with introductions at 7p.m. A coin toss will determine who gets to offer their argument for oragainst Measure R first, each speaker will get a chance to rebut theother’s argument..

In the “Yes on R” corner we’ll have Hank Fung, Treasurer of the Southern California Transit Advocates,a nonprofit transit advocacy group which is one of the supporters ofMeasure R listed in the ballot pamphlet. Fung, a licensed civilengineer, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in publicadministration at Cal Poly Pomona.

In the “No on R” corner, we’ll have Randall “BusTard” Fleming, a writer, public transit advocate, and regular contributor to The Bus Bench,a Los Angeles-based blog. A former magazine publisher (Angry Thoreauan,1987-2001), with 20 years of experience in the print industry, he hasalso contributed to a great many books, periodicals and newspapers inLos Angeles and New York: New York Post, Working World Magazine,Brooklyn Spectator, Discover Hollywood!, Home Reporter, Ben Is Dead,Flipside, Los Feliz Ledger, Sabotage in The American Workplace(Pressure Drop Press), Notes From the Underground: Zines and thePolitics of Alternative Culture (Verso), and several of theUnreinforced Masonry Studio books about Los Angeles. He presentlyresides in downtown Los Angeles but is occasionally at large, lurkingabout in the Lower East Side and Brooklyn.

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