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Final Measure J Tally Announced

Results show the countywide ballot measure aimed at accelerating transit projects is .56 percent short of passage.

A half-cent sales tax that would have accelerated rail, highway, bus and transportation improvement projects across the region fell just .56 percent short of passage, The Source reported.

The final vote tally, released Sunday by the Los Angeles County Registrar, showed 66.1 percent of voters in favor of Measure J and 33.9 percent against the measure. It was about 14,000 votes behind the two-thirds approval needed to pass, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's blog The Source:

... turnout was less in 2012 than in 2008 when Measure R was approved with 67.9 percent of the vote. In 2008, a total of 3,001,783 votes were cast in the Measure R election. The final numbers this year show that 2,863,951 votes were cast for or against Measure J.

Measure J, endorsed by South Pasadena City Council, would have extended the Measure R sales tax—the half-cent sales tax hike voters approved in 2008—for the next 30 years.

The sales tax increase is currently set to last until 2039, and is projected to raise $40 billion in that time period. Approval of Measure J would have extended the tax until 2069.

Metro responded to the final tally Monday morning, saying it's possible the agency might ask voters in the future to extend Measure R:

In the final vote tally, 66.11 percent of voters, nearly two million Los Angeles County residents, expressed confidence in Metro and the Measure R program. Progress will continue as Metro remains focused on delivering a dozen new transit projects and 15 highway improvement projects that voters approved four years ago in passing Measure R.

Did you want Measure J to pass or fail? Tell us in the comments section below.

Patrizzi Intergalactica December 04, 2012 at 03:02 PM
If LACMTA would have taken the dreaded "highway" component out of the Measure it would have passed. .56% of us know that promise of future money was going to be used to get loans to fund the 710 expansion and tunnel. We don't want it!
James Stoker December 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
If people haven't noticed, it has gotten really hard to get around on Los Angeles freeways and surface streets. The problem isn't with ageing freeways or the growth of traffic. The problem is with excessive amounts of highway construction -- projects that don't help traffic flow, but are merely the means to spend the massive amounts of money earmarked for transportation. Between Recovery Act monies and Measure R funds our highways have been turned into a nightmare. The lesson is simple: Stop earmarking money for useless transportation projects. Until there is a regional transportation authority in place that can make and implement a real transportation plan for the 21st century and beyond we need to defund all highway and transportation projects and focus on finding projects that will create the transportation facilities needed to support continued growth without destroying the environment. Freeway expansions and improvements do not support these goals. Our local transportation agencies all give lip service to this truth while spending all their money on highway projects. The failure of measure J opens the way to move toward these new goals.
Patrizzi Intergalactica December 04, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Well said and I agree wholeheartedly!

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