Huff: Measure J Could Hinder Transportation Projects

The wording on Measure J does not guarantee that the projects promised under Measure R will be delivered

Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) made his case before the State Senate in opposition of AB 1446. This week’s Capitol Comment is video of his address from the senate floor.

The measure was approved by the senate recently and puts Measure J on the November ballot for Los Angeles County residents. Huff, who represents Glendora in the State Senate, claims the measure will hurt infrastructure projects slated for funding in the 29th Senate District, according to his staff.

Measure J asks voters to extend the Measure R half-cent sales tax for another 30-year period, from mid-2039 to mid-2069, officials said.

But Huff says the wording of the measure does not contain any guarantees that the projects promised under Measure R will be delivered, and that includes the extension of the Gold Line from Pasadena to Claremont, according to his office.

He also argued that other Inland projects are at risk if voters approve Measure J.

Lois M. Shade August 25, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Is AB 1446 and Measure J a jobs creator or a self-serving political move? SGV has had an on-going transportation struggle since the battle to create Foothill Transit Zone. Reliable, affordable bus service was accomplished by eliminating RTD and implementing Foothill Transit. In the 80s, a proposal to abandon the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe rail line brought on a new fight and the line was preserved for future commuter service. Transportation in SGV has always included a discussion of federal sanctions if air quality deteriorates below Clean Air Act standards. Vehicle emissions are a huge part and could impact the area economy by curtailing business development. Glendora, once touted as the smog capitol of the US, would be a big loser with Measure J’s proposed hijacking of transit projects. Air Quality Management District is proposing its 2012 Plan. SCAG is a partner in creating that plan and required by law to ensure transportation projects meet the goals of regional and state plans to conform to federal air quality standards. SCAG has said the Gold Line is a unique opportunity to accommodate population growth … provide new jobs … the economic benefits are exceptional - a projected $43 billion in new development and spending over 30 years. Gold Line is a better financial investment for the entire County than Subway to the Sea and a personal political agenda. Measure J extends the half-cent sales tax until 2069. How old will our grandkids be?


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