Broad Coalition Rallies Against Proposition 6

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti speaking at today's No on Proposition 6 rally. Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti speaking at today's No on Proposition 6 rally. Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

More than a hundred people rallied this morning at North Hollywood Red Line Station urging voters to reject Proposition 6.

Proposition 6 is a ballot measure that would repeal Senate Bill 1 (S.B. 1), last year’s statewide 12-cent gas tax increase. Statewide S.B. 1 raises about $5 billion each year, of this about $760 million for transit projects. What is especially pernicious about Proposition 6 is that it would basically make it nearly impossible in the future to ever raise fuel taxes or tolls to fund transportation projects. If it passes, a ballot referendum would be required to raise fuel taxes, tolls, or other transportation user fees. Many have pointed out that Prop 6 is a Republican Party ploy to try to drive up turnout among anti-tax conservatives.

Calling this election “the most important election of your life,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti decried Prop 6, stating that, if it passes, L.A. County would “hit the brakes” on “over 900 projects.” L.A. City Councilmember Paul Krekorian called Prop 6 proponents “penny-wise and pound-foolish” because “pennies a day” worth of taxes will result in billions of dollars worth of improvements. Among these projects, Krekorian cited two nearby: Metro Orange Line upgrades (under construction) and Van Nuys light rail (expected to break ground in 2021).

Carolyn Coleman of the League of California Cities emphasized public safety in maintaining and repairing structurally deficient bridges. Coleman also acknowledged the need for bipartisanship, stating that “there are no Republican potholes, no Democrat potholes.”

Rounding out the speakers were several labor union leaders and the head of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. These two sides don’t agree on a lot of issues, but they are both urging voters to reject Prop 6.

More than a hundred people showed up for this morning’s rally against Prop 6. The crowd was predominantly men and women representing labor, and also included local electeds, environmentalists, business groups, livability advocates, and others.

The L.A. rally was not as photogenic as last weekend’s San Francisco ride responding to an Orange County politician’s claim that Prop 6 opponents are “forcing you to take bikes, get on trains… [which] does not work with my hair and heels.” It nonetheless showed broad support for rejecting the cynical partisan Prop 6.

All of the California Streetsblog sites – California, San Francisco, and Los Angeles – have endorsed voting No on Proposition 6.

  • 2378bri james

    It’s BS, big business construction us oayipa people to do this. The state as money coming in for this between the original gas tax of .18 centsc a gallon and the diesel tax, that our state gave 58 million dollars of to the train construction, that should have been spent on the hwy system

  • crazyvag

    These days it’s about transporting people not cars. We’re funding transportation that sometimes it’s rail and transit that’s been underfunded for decades well as roads.

    In metro areas, you can transport more people via bus or rail in more efficient use of space than cars. At lower greenhouse emissions too.

  • 2378bri james

    But they took diesel tax money for the hwys and now want us to pay a 2nd tax on our gas and car tags, because they didn’t use the money they got for the roads correctly. They did this tax in the legislature, not a vote of the people, and also wrote into it, they can raise that tax every year
    One legislator was recalled over this already.

  • The CA gas tax hadn’t been raised since the early 90s. Imagine working a job for 25 years and never getting a raise. Your income would be eaten alive by inflation and you’d be pissed.

  • crazyvag

    Transportation is funded by taxes on sales, gas, diesel, state income, federal income and property. What’s your beef about singleling out diesel? All of these pay for transportation in one way or another. The right mix of planes, trains, and automobiles will keep CO2 emissions in check to hold back global warming which will in turn hold back sea-level rise.

    If you’re caught up in which source of funds goes to which project, you’re probably missing the big picture about enabling transportation of people and goods in more space and CO2 efficient ways.

  • 2378bri james

    My beef is that legislator’s are taking tax money for roads and using it for other things, then coming up short and wanting us to make up the difference. If you want some of this money to go to other transportation things, then you need to get it written into law, it’s not , it’s supposed to be used for state roads. The only reason this prop 6 may go down is because of the way our attorney general wrote up the prop, favoring the State No group, that misused the tax fund’s. This increase was written in the legislature and if it stays, they have written in it, that they can raise this 2nd tax every year if the choose. It’s costing us, on the average, about $750 a year, depending on how many cars you have etc, can be more. The service industry, plumbing, heat and air, even delivery people, are all having to raise prices because of this tax, and you wonder what my beef is.