LA Mayor Opposes Prop 6: Would Cripple 900 LA County Projects

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has joined engineers, first responders, public safety officers, construction workers and business groups to voice strong opposition to Proposition 6, saying a repeal of the state’s new gas tax could force years-long delays for transportation projects across Southern California.

Prop 6 seeks to repeal Senate Bill 1 — the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. SB 1 raises $54 billion over the next decade to repave streets, untangle freeway interchanges and build new transit lines, including key projects in Los Angeles County.

“Thanks to the voters of LA County, we’re on the cusp of finally connecting LAX to rail. Prop 6 would undo those plans,” said Mayor Garcetti referring to a new LAX rail station that has received $150 million in SB 1 funding. The $581-million station will connect metro riders to a dedicated airport train service that will run between LAX’s terminals, a bus hub and a consolidated car-rental facility. The gas tax repeal could delay the project’s slated 2023 opening date by three to five years, he said.

“I’m urging everyone I meet to vote No on Prop 6 because it would cripple 900 LA County projects to ease congestion, fix local roads and improve safety and would put thousands of Californians out of work. It’s a no brainer,” said Garcetti.

Here in Southern California, about 16,000 members of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council have found work on projects funded by the gas tax, from constructing rail lines to filling potholes, said council representative Ernesto Medrano. Prop 6, he said, is a “job killer.” Jerard Wright, policy manager at the Los Angeles County Business Federation agrees, saying Prop 6 would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs and “drain our economy.”

Throughout Los Angeles County, Prop 6 would eliminate hundreds of projects, including:

  • 205 miles of repaving on Highway 1
  • 112 miles of pavement improvements and repairs on I-5
  • 104 miles of pavement improvements on I-605
  • 48 lane miles of pavement preservation and ramp improvements on I-10

These at-risk projects are in Los Angeles County alone. Counties across Southern California and the entire Golden State are equally affected. Prop 6 eliminates more than $5 billion annually in existing transportation funds and stops funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California.

Prop. 6 is opposed by a broad coalition of more than 600 public safety organizations, engineers, local transportation agencies, cities, counties, environmental groups, editorial boards, and business and labor organizations.

“Southern California Partnership for Jobs supports infrastructure investment. We advocated for the passage of SB 1, a new transportation funding source that is becoming ever more critical for California. We oppose any efforts to repeal SB 1 that would rob our communities of vital road safety and transportation improvement funds. We urge Californians to vote No on Prop 6 this November.” — John Hakel, Executive Director.

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