Nov 07 2012

LA Times: Measure J, L.A. County transportation tax extension, fails

Measure J, the proposed 30-year extension of a half-cent transportation sales tax in Los Angeles County, failed to receive the two-thirds majority needed to pass during Tuesday’s election, falling short by about 2 percentage points.

With 100% of precincts reporting, support for Measure J reached 64.72% while those opposed tallied 35.28%, according to the county’s registrar-recorder.

“I think this clearly for us was about trying to show from the community that we were not going to give a vote of confidence to (the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) and obviously MTA could not pass the [two-thirds] threshold,” said Sunyoung Yang of the Bus Riders Union, a group that strongly opposed Measure J.

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