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City Council Will Hold Measure J Meeting Tuesday

The special meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

South Pasadena City Council members will consider a resolution that supports Measure J during a special meeting Tuesday. 

Measure J, which, if approved, will extend the voter-approved one-half cent traffic relief sales tax for another 30 years. It was added to the Nov. 6 ballot by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The measure is subtitled: Accelerating Traffic Relief, Job Creation. The draft resolution can be found on the City website here.

A Pasadena Star News article states that some opponents to Metro's SR-710 N. Gap Closure Project have objected to Measure J, opining it will help Metro with the freeway project. However, Metro, the article says, has maintained that Measure R "provided sufficient funding for the SR-710, so the project would not be affected by Measure J.''

Since this is a special meeting, it will not be broadcast or webstreamed, according to a press release from the city. However, audio recordings will be available through the City Clerk’s Office at 626-403-7230.

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CarolK October 25, 2012 at 01:38 AM
If you don't want the extension of the 710 freeway, vote NO on Measure J.  More info on what the 710 freeway tunnel issue involves can be found at http://www.no710.com/ Measure J advertises the transit aspect of the bill, but included in the fine print is money for the twin toll tunnels. FYI - we have been recently told by Ron Kosinski (Chief Environmental Officer Caltrans) in a private meeting, that "no option is off the table".  This means the 710 freeway could morph into a surface freeway, or cut and cover and that the route could end up anywhere in the 5 Geo Tech study zones...  What we have found out is that all cities are at risk (even San Marino could end up being the chosen route for a tunnel) should they discover the need to "jog over" due to water issues, fault lines or unforeseen circumstances during construction of a tunnel. Measure J: Measure J is a proposed extension to Measure R which was passed in 2008. Measure R was a 1/2 % sales tax for transportation projects and improvements that would sunset in 2039. Measure J would authorize Los Angeles County MTA/Metro with voter approval to extend Measure R for thirty more years to 2069! Measure J also requires Metro to secure bonded indebtedness payable from the proceeds of the extension.  The bonds are to be used to accelerate the completion of specified projects and programs, both highway and transit. Included in the Measure J projects is the SR 710 tunnel.  Please consider voting NO on Measure J.

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