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— Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan —

Special District
November 8, 2016 —California General Election

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Measure M - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

2,259,654 votes yes (71.15%)

916,375 votes no (28.85%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (4,988/4,988).

To improve freeway traffic flow/safety; repair potholes/sidewalks; repave local streets; earthquake retrofit bridges; synchronize signals; keep senior/disabled/student fares affordable; expand rail/subway/bus systems; improve job/school/airport connections; and create jobs; shall voters authorize a Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan through a ½ ¢ sales tax and continue the existing ½ ¢ traffic relief tax until voters decide to end it, with independent audits/oversight and funds controlled locally?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE M 

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel 

Approval of Measure M (“Measure”) would adopt an ordinance known as the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan (“Ordinance”) proposed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”), which placed this Measure on the ballot by resolution dated June 23, 2016. The Ordinance would impose a retail transactions and use tax (“Sales Tax”) at the rate of one-half of one percent (.5%) within Los Angeles County (“County”), beginning on the first day of the first calendar quarter commencing not less than 180 days after adoption of the ordinance. The Sales Tax will increase to one percent (1%) on July 1, 2039, when the Measure R tax of one-half of one percent (.5%) tax imposed by Metro by Ordinance number 08-01 expires. The Sales Tax is in addition to any other taxes authorized by law. The Sales Tax has no expiration date. 

Sales Tax revenue shall be used only for purposes described in the Ordinance and the attached Expenditure Plan (“Expenditure Plan”) to meet the goals of improving freeway traffic flow; accelerating rail construction and building rail lines; enhancing local regional and express bus service, bike and pedestrian connections; improving transportation system connectivity, streets and intersections; addressing transit and highway safety; providing more accessibility, convenience, and affordability of transportation for seniors, students and the disabled; and incorporating modern technology in the transportation system. 

The Sales Tax would be imposed, administered, and collected in the same manner as existing sales taxes, and would be imposed on all retailers in incorporated cities and unincorporated areas of the County on gross receipts of the retailer, as well as an excise tax on the storage, use or other consumption of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer. The Ordinance designates exemptions to the Sales Tax for certain transactions, including but not limited to, those occurring outside of the County. 

Metro shall establish and administer a Sales Tax revenue fund (“Fund”) and subfunds as required by the Ordinance. All sums in the Fund or subfunds shall be expended by Metro for the projects and programs described in the Ordinance and Expenditure Plan. Metro may also expend additional funds from other sources on the projects and programs. The Ordinance requires the establishment of an Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (“Committee”) consisting of seven members with specified qualifications. The Committee would, among other oversight duties, approve the scope of work and direct the auditors for the annual audit, prepare an annual report on the audit findings and determine whether Metro is in compliance with the Ordinance. All audit reports, findings and recommendations will be public. 

 

Metro may make certain amendments to the Ordinance, including the Expenditure Plan, by two thirds (2/3) vote of the Metro Board in accordance with the Ordinance. 

This Measure requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote for passage. 

NOTICE TO VOTERS 

 

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure M. If you desire a copy of the ordinance and exhibits, please call the elections official’s office at 1-800-815-2666 Option 4 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also access this information on the county website at www.lavote.net

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE M 

YES ON MEASURE M creates a comprehensive Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan to ease congestion and build a 21st Century transportation network. 

In 2015, the average driver on LA freeways spent 81 hours stuck in traffic. We can stop wasting time away from our families and jobs by making smart investments in both transit and roads. 

YES ON MEASURE M will modernize Los Angeles County’s aging transportation system. 

YES ON MEASURE M will build more light rail, Rapid Bus, Metrolink, and better freeways and highways all across Los Angeles County. And, with Measure M, we can finally do earthquake retrofitting on our overpasses and bridges. 

YES ON MEASURE M will keep seniors, disabled, and student fares affordable. In 15 years, the number of Los Angeles County residents 65 or older will expand to over 2 million. Yes on Measure M invests in van services and public transit so more seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities can live independently. 

The non-profit Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation estimates that Measure M will create 465,000 new jobs throughout Los Angeles County. 

YES ON MEASURE M gives Los Angeles County a guaranteed source of funding that can be used to get hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal matching dollars. Without Measure M, these matching dollars will go to other places. 

YES ON MEASURE M will help each of LA County’s 88 cities fix their streets and repair their potholes and sidewalks. 

YES ON MEASURE M includes strict accountability, an Oversight Committee, and an Annual Financial and Performance Audit, which will be available online. 

All Measure M money is for local use only and cannot be taken by the state government in Sacramento. 

Join business, labor, environmentalists, transportation experts, and leaders from every corner of Los Angeles County and vote YES ON MEASURE M. 

 

Learn more at VoteYesonM.org 

JOHN R. FASANA 

Duarte Councilmember/LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chair 

NANCY MCPHERSON 

AARP California State Director 

THOMAS S. SAYLES 

Chair of the Board, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce 

AMY HOWORTH 

Manhattan Beach Councilmember 

ERIC GARCETTI 

 

Los Angeles Mayor/LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Vice Chair 

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE M 

We all want less traffic and smog -- and better, clean and safe public transit! But Measure M doesn’t accomplish these things – vote NO! 

Measure M is a flawed, unfair plan written in part by special interests representing the builders and contractors who’ll make billions. Consider this: 

Blue collar communities pay the tax but won’t get traffic congestion relief for decades. Yet mega-projects in wealthy communities are the first in line to receive even more funding—and that’s unfair. That’s why a coalition of more than 40 communities in LA County voted to officially oppose Measure M. 

The streets, roads and freeways we use are falling apart, but Measure M doesn’t make fixing them a priority. Improvements to the I-5, 605, 710 and the 405 won’t be completed for decades! 

Measure M is a FOREVER TAX on working families with no end date, oversight or accountability. Loopholes make Measure M a blank check because there are no guarantees the projects you’ve been promised will ever be started or completed. 

Measure M taxes people who can’t afford it, spreads social and racial injustice and makes discrimination worse. By voting NO on M our communities can develop a better, comprehensive plan that will truly reduce traffic and expand the quality rail, subway and bus system we all expect and deserve. 

No on M forces the establishment to listen to us and to provide fair, accountable funding for transit projects that benefit us all—not just a fortunate few. 

If they are going to raise taxes “forever,” they had better get it right because “forever” is a long, long time

Measure M doesn’t get it right. We can do better—vote NO on M. 

For factual information, visit www.gatewaycog.org. 

MICHAEL MENDEZ 

Norwalk Mayor Mike Mendez 

Chair I-5 Joint Powers Authority 

JON RENO 

Local Chamber of Commerce Leader 

DAMIEN GOODMON 

Executive Director, Crenshaw 

Subway Coalition 

BARBARA LOTT-HOLLAND 

Co-Chair Bus Riders Union 

SALLY MORALES HAVICE 

Professor Sally Morales Havice, former President 

 

League of United Latin American Citizens #2009 

Replies to Arguments FOR

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE M 

Measure M stands for More Money, Mismanagement, Malfeasance, Misinformation and Myth. 

It’s an absolute myth that Measure M will solve traffic problems. 

Improvements to the 5, 405, 605, and 710 won’t be completed for 40 years! 

Measure M is a blank check for Metropolitan Transit Authority which lasts forever with no accountability. Over $1 Billion in cost over-runs have occurred on MTA’s projects since 2009. 

Measure M postpones transportation projects for blue collar neighborhoods – but projects for affluent communities move to the front of the line. MTA has a poor record of safety and a history of prioritizing wealthy communities, violating civil rights, and disenfranchising the poor and people of color who need effective transit the most. 

MTA’s rigged board is not accountable to the voters and is not bound by the projects they’re promising. They can decide to fund other projects which benefit their friends and donors. 

NO ON MEASURE M stops wasteful spending on boondoggles like the unnecessary $9.9 Billion Sepulveda Pass project. 

NO ON MEASURE M sends a message that we demand value for our taxpayer dollars and forces MTA to develop a transit system for everyone. 

NO ON MEASURE M stops a system of continued geographic, social, economic and racial unfairness. 

That’s why a coalition of transit advocates, social justice leaders, and more than half the other cities in LA County reject the money-grab of the forever tax. 

Vote NO on Measure M. 

Vote NO on the Forever Tax. 

Because forever is a long, long time…. 

www.NoForeverTax.com 

MICHAEL MENDEZ 

Norwalk Mayor Mike Mendez 

Chair I-5 Joint Powers Authority 

RON HASSON 

NAACP Southwest Area Div. 

JOHN MIRISCH 

Mayor, City of Beverly Hills/Vice Chair, LA County City Selection Committee 

LILIA R. LEON 

Council Member, City of Commerce/Former Mayor 

SUZANNE FUENTES 

 

Mayor, City of El Segundo 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE M 

Don’t be fooled by the opponents of Measure M. 

Here are the facts. 

For too long, needed repairs to and building of infrastructure have been postponed in Los Angeles County. All you need to do is drive your car or walk your sidewalk to know that we cannot postpone these desperately needed investments any longer. 

Yes on Measure M creates a comprehensive Los Angeles County Improvement Plan to ease congestion and build a 21st Century transportation network. 

Yes on Measure M will build more light rail, Rapid Bus, and Metrolink. It builds better freeways and highways across Los Angeles County. And, with Measure M, we can earthquake retrofit our overpasses and bridges. 

Yes on Measure M creates middle class jobs. The non-profit Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation estimates that Measure M creates 465,000 new jobs throughout Los Angeles County. 

Yes on Measure M helps every one of Los Angeles County’s 88 cities fix their streets and repair their potholes and sidewalks with millions of dollars for each local community. 

Now is the time for Yes on Measure M – a comprehensive traffic improvement plan written with unprecedented collaboration and input from every community in Los Angeles County. 

Yes on Measure M includes strict accountability, an oversight committee, and an annual financial and performance audit, which will be available online. 

Join business, labor, environmentalists, transportation experts, and leaders from every corner of Los Angeles County and vote Yes on Measure M. 

Let’s improve and move Los Angeles County Traffic now. Yes on Measure M. 

Learn more at VoteYesonM.org 

TRACY HERNANDEZ 

Founding CEO, Los Angeles County Business Federation 

TOM EISENHAUER 

President, Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters 

JUDY CHU 

Member of Congress 

RONALD MILLER 

Executive Secretary Los Angeles/Orange County 

Building & Construction Trades Council 

JOHN R. FASANA 

 

Duarte Councilmember/LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chair 

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