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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    UPDATE: This item has been pulled from the agenda for Thursday’s meeting and will instead be considered at the April Board meeting.



    In 2010, the Metro Board of Directors approved the 30/10 plan, the idea being to build 30 years worth of Measure R projects in the next decade. Although it hasn’t yet worked out, that policy is still very much on the books — and Metro staff are still trying to advance Measure R road and transit projects.

    The first part of a new acceleration strategy will come before the Metro Board at its monthly meeting on Thursday. In particular, Metro staff are recommending that the Board approve a public notice of a planned change to the Measure R expenditure plan that would allow second- and third-decade Measure R projects to begin receiving funds this decade.

    If approved, the proposal would then be vetted by a three-judge panel that provides oversight for Measure R. After the judges release their findings, the plan is for the Metro Board to vote on the new dates for the expenditure plan and a new acceleration plan at the Board’s May meeting.

    And what will the acceleration strategy be this time around? I don’t know the details beyond what’s in the staff report issued last week (the report is below). The report shows that Metro is looking at assembling funds from a variety of sources — Measure R, America Fast Forward loans and bonds (30/10 was renamed America Fast Forward in 2011) and possibly revenues from Prop A and C, the half-cent sales tax increases approved by L.A. County voters in 1980 and 1990, respectively.



    So stay tuned. As always there’s a lot of balls in the air, particularly at the federal level, where Metro is trying to lock down New Starts money for the Westside Subway Extension and Regional Connector while also getting getting Congress to fully adopt and fund the America Fast Forward plan.
    Metro Board to consider change to Measure R expenditure plan as part of latest project acceleration effort | Metro's The Source

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Well. the April meeting is just around the corner. Better to give the board a little more time to get a better grasp on funding resources and amounts. Tax and prop revenue contributions demonstrate how LA is serious about investment, unlike most other areas in California. If only the private sector would invest direct significant financing.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    It's my understanding that USC paid for the Expo Line tunnel that goes under the school, and added an additional stop. Is that the kind of private funding you're interested in attracting?

    Or multi use developments that are sprouting on top of the land cleared for subway stations? Or new developments that are going up around virtually every new station?

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Metro is now regrouping, hoping to find other ways to advance dozens of big projects, The Source reports. At the April board meeting, "Metro staff are recommending that the Board approve a public notice of a planned change to the Measure R expenditure plan that would allow second- and third-decade Measure R projects to begin receiving funds this decade." That could help move projects like the Sepulveda Pass rapid transit line (pictured) and the Green Line extension to LAX and the extension deeper into the South Bay. Plans are still murky surrounding Plan B, but Metro may seek to put together Measure R funds, Prop. A and C money, and federal loans from the America Fast Forward program to get things built quicker. AFF, formerly known as the 30/10 initiative, was passed by Congress last year to advance local infrastructure projects, but politicians are fighting over funding for it.
    Metro Goes to Plan B to Deliver Transit Projects in This Lifetime - The Commute - Curbed LA

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    It's my understanding that USC paid for the Expo Line tunnel that goes under the school, and added an additional stop. Is that the kind of private funding you're interested in attracting??
    This just goes to prove the benefits of using private investors with tunnel vission!


    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    Or multi use developments that are sprouting on top of the land cleared for subway stations? Or new developments that are going up around virtually every new station?
    If multi useful developments help to make HSR more affordable, I say go for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    Or multi use developments that are sprouting on top of the land cleared for subway stations? Or new developments that are going up around virtually every new station?
    If multi useful developments help to make HSR more affordable, I say go for it! Besides, I'm certain that these development hardly comprise that which surrounds the majority of Subway Stations. Government does not build anything better than business, nor does it even come close to financing anything better than free enterprise.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Last edited by CaliforniaAdventurer; 04-04-2013 at 09:18 AM.

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    MEASURE J - LA COUNTY'S TRANSPORTATION TAX THAT ALMOST PASSED:

    Minority of L.A. County voters quashed transit tax extension - latimes.com


    The transit tax extension, known as Measure J, was approved by 66.1% of some 3 million voters but fell 0.6%, or just 16,000 votes, shy of the required two-thirds supermajority.
    "Only in California can 66% be considered a loss," said Yaroslavsky, who supported Measure J. "It's an absurd threshold that's been imposed on us."
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    No, Mr. Yaroslavsky, it's a necessary control - I can start rattling off many examples "Budgetary Bait & Switch" where things used to be done by Local and Regional government as a normal service, but they stopped to spend the money elsewhere. Road and Sidewalk repairs, public park maintenance and upgrades, etc.

    Then they raise special taxes to pay for these targeted programs - then shift the money that was budgeted from the General Fund elsewhere again. After a while, the taxes have magically doubled and tripled, and yet the services remain the same.

    The two-thirds vote threshhold to raise taxes is designed to make that difficult, and has proven to be necessary - or we'd be at a 95% effective tax rate real fast. Where the feds take 40%, the state 30%, the county 15% and the city 10%.

    Also, see CA Proposition 13 where people were losing their homes because fixed incomes couldn't rise and the property taxes were easy to hike whenever Gov't needed a few more bucks in the coffers - and they ALWAYS need a few more bucks.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    He probably voted for Prop 13.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    MEASURE J - LA COUNTY'S TRANSPORTATION TAX THAT ALMOST PASSED:

    Measure J, like all tax measures in the state, [needed two-thirds] of voter approval and it failed in November by all of 16,000 votes, with 66.1 percent of the electorate voting in favor of it. As politicians introduce legislation to change the tax initiative threshold to 55 percent, the Los Angeles Times looks at the sliver of voters who doomed Measure J.
    Here Are the 'Hoods You Can Blame For the Death of the Transit-Speeding Measure J - Measure J - Curbed LA

    A lot of people are getting behind a 55% threshold.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Those are some small places relative to, say The City of Los Angeles. City of LA votes 70%, and it pretty much passes.

    All-THE-Valley votes were 63%.
    According to a comment on this web page (metro.net)
    Measure J results, by map and by spreadsheet | Metro's The Source

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    City of LA voted yes: 753,277 (70.7%); no: 311,804
    I guess it will have to do better in the next election.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    HOLLYWOOD FREEWAY CAP / HOLLYWOOD CENTRAL PARK:

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for the first time met with local officials about the proposed 44-acre Hollywood Central Park, which would create a street-level expanse of green over the capped freeway between Hollywood and Santa Monica Boulevards.

    Rep. Adam Schiff, who was in the Washington D.C. meeting along with representatives from Friends of the Hollywood Central Park, said LaHood was interested in the project and offered to have his staff work to help plan next steps.

    Schiff said the meeting was "a very positive development."
    A park over the Hollywood Freeway one step closer to reality - LA Daily News

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    HIGH SPEED RAIL NEWS:

    While much of the squabbling over California's high-speed rail project has focused on its huge construction price tag, the cost to taxpayers just to plan the bullet train is also soaring.
    California high-speed rail costs soar again -- this time just for planning - LA Daily News

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    METRO GOLD LINE FOOTHILL EXTENSION:

    The new $18.6 million Gold Line Bridge, designed as a piece of public art, was defaced with significant
    g r a f f i t i over the weekend
    and the cleanup could force an eastbound lane closure at least one night early next week.

    Read more: New Gold Line Bridge in Arcadia defaced with graffiti - Pasadena Star-News

    Lisa Levy Buch, a spokeswoman for the authority ... said the construction authority is working with police, estimated the cleanup costs, including closure of the freeway's eastbound slow lane, at somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000.


    The closure ... might start as early as Monday...


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