We were made aware last week of a motion that was not heard at committee level by Supervisors Hahn and Solis, Mayor Robert Garcia and Director Mike Bonin to move Measure M Highway subfund dollars away from building key bottleneck improvements and goods movement corridors that safely moves people and goods in LA County and into more active transportation projects as part of finalizing the Measure M guidelines. This is a major concern as BizFed and its members supported Measure M to fund a comprehensive mobility plan — highway, transit, active transportation, technology, safety and increased access to transit networks. The local sales tax dollars to fund highway projects are already less than it was in Measure R — at only 17% of the total measure — yet this is the fund that supports goods movement, ExpressLanes, freeway connectors, as well as arterial improvements essential to generate the sales tax receipts to fund our transportation plan.
The timing right now is critical. At this Thursday’s Metro Board of Directors meeting, the board will approve a final version of the Measure M guidelines. These guidelines will serve as an administrative guide for the Metro Board to implement Measure M funds. The Business Community through the leadership of BizFed’s own Hilary Norton of FAST worked diligently with Metro as part of Measure M Policy Advisory Committee to develop Business Community principles on Measure M with an emphasis on project delivery, taxpayer accountability and accelerating projects that enhance sales tax revenue generation. The Metro Board needs to hear loud and clear from the Business Community that it is unacceptable to amend these guidelines in the Highway program without emphasis on project delivery and acceleration as this will impact voter supported funds purposed for safely moving people and goods through arterial and highway improvement projects that benefits our local economy!
Please join us with your organization’s logo on the Business Community Principles document and attend this Thursday’s Metro Board of Directors meeting and spread the word to engage with the Metro Board of Directors and let them know that the Business Community is watching.
CLICK HERE to download the Measure M Business Community Principles, if you would like to have your organization’s logo to this document please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
We urge you to remind Metro Board members key Business Community principles that we’re developed by BizFed members brought forward through our Transportation Committee meetings in the Spring which include but are not limited to;
For more information please contact Jerard Wright Jerard.wright@BizFed.