MORE ACTION NEEDED: 1/2 cent sales tax measure

July 23, 2008 at 9:14 pm | Posted in Get Involved | 1 Comment
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Thank you for all those who contacted their representatives last week regarding the 1/2 sales tax measure. LACBC is pushing the Metro Board of Directors to specifically dedicate at least 1% for bikes and 1% for peds in their 1/2 cent sales tax measure. LACBC is hopeful that with enough pressure, Metro will dedicate funding for bikes and peds. Cyclists, we need YOU to make one last push!

We need to get funding specifically allocated for bicycle and pedestrian projects!


Here are some key points we need to make!

1) Bike/Ped funding needs to be specifically allocated to ensure that funds are used to make bike/ped improvements.

2) MTA needs to take a leading role in pushing bicycle and pedestrian projects. MTA’s equivalent in the Bay Area (Bay Area MTC) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation both have signifcant funding set aside for bicycles and pedestrians.

3) MTA may not be able pass this 1/2 sales tax measure without funding dedicated for bicycle and pedestrian projects. In the past, in other regions, such as Alameda County, sale tax increases have not passed without specific funding for bikes and peds.

4) LACBC will not support this 1/2 cent sales tax measure without funding specifically dedicated for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

Cyclists: 3 Easy Ways to Take Action!

1. EASY ACTION: Sign on to the online letter/petition TODAY!
http://la.streetsblog.org/2008/07/14/bikeped-advocates-want-your-help-to-get-more-
funds-from-metro/

2. Call, e-mail, fax the Metro Board TODAY!
Request the allocation of 1% for bikes and 1% for pedestrians in the proposed sales tax by Wednesday, July 23rd.

If you live in Santa Monica, contact councilmember Pam O’Connor
phone: (310)458-8201
e-mail:
pam.oconnor@smgov.net
fax: (310) 458-1621

If you live in Long Beach, contact Vice Mayor Bonnie Lowenthal
phone: (562) 570-6919
e-mail:
district1@longbeach.gov
fax: (562) 570-6590

If you live in Glendale, contact councilmember Ara Najarian
e-mail:
anajarian@ci.glendale.ca.us
phone: 818 548.4844 (city manager’s office)

For all other municipalities, contact Board Chair and LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
phone: (213) 978-0600
e-mail: mayor@lacity.org
fax: 213 978-0750

These elected officials need to hear from the bicycle community to know that there is a need!

A sample letter is available on-line at:
la.streetsblog.org

3. Attend Metro meetings and request 1% for bikes and 1% for peds

The Metro Board Meeting
WHEN: Thursday July 24th at 9:30am
WHERE: One Gateway Plaza
Metro Board Room, 3rd floor
L.A. 90012
(located adjacent to Union Station easy access from the Metro Red and Gold Lines)
For meeting schedules and agendas, see http://www.metro.net/board/mtgsched.htm

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  1. [...] doctor’s arrest. But now we can’t even get the Mayor and the rest of the MTA board to devote a lousy 1% each from their proposed sales tax increase to help keep cyclists and pedestrians alive. And after a brief flurry of coverage of cycling [...]


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