Measure R sales tax hike wins passage, barely

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Barely crossing the threshold of the two-thirds approval required to pass, Measure R climbed its way to victory Wednesday, with semiofficial election returns showing 67.41 percent of taxpayers approving the ...
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Ray

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Well, isn't that great??? Now this sales tax increase is gonna put a terrible burden on businesses who have to compete now with counties that have a lower sales tax. This mass transit improvement is another subsidy for the illegal aliens who have jammed up this city because our immigration laws have not been enforced for years because our stupid local officials have been waiting for the Feds for the "go" signal.

Ok, here's the deal. You call me in 30 years when they built the subway and you let me know how it changes life here, OK???
angeleno

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Nov 6, 2008
 
Whether or not Measure R passed the two-thirds hurdle, my heartfelt thanks go to all the responsible adults who--to paraphrase Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.--recognized they need to pay to live in civilization and voted YES. Although hiking gasoline and property taxes would have been a more equitable way to fund transit infrastructure, raising the sales tax proved the most politically feasible way to fund this vital investment in our futures.

As for our futures, they will look brighter if Measure R indeed passed. In the short run, it will help generate jobs here in LA County and many of the improvements such as synchronizing lights, repairing pot holes and freezing bus fares will start almost immediately. In the longer run, expanding rail projects throughout the county will improve our mobility, keep our region economically viable, improve our environment and help reduce our crushing dependence on foreign oil. All these benefits--both short and long term--will be great.

“America & LEGAL Americans 1st”

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angeleno wrote:
Whether or not Measure R passed the two-thirds hurdle, my heartfelt thanks go to all the responsible adults who--to paraphrase Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.--recognized they need to pay to live in civilization and voted YES. Although hiking gasoline and property taxes would have been a more equitable way to fund transit infrastructure, raising the sales tax proved the most politically feasible way to fund this vital investment in our futures.
As for our futures, they will look brighter if Measure R indeed passed. In the short run, it will help generate jobs here in LA County and many of the improvements such as synchronizing lights, repairing pot holes and freezing bus fares will start almost immediately. In the longer run, expanding rail projects throughout the county will improve our mobility, keep our region economically viable, improve our environment and help reduce our crushing dependence on foreign oil. All these benefits--both short and long term--will be great.
This thing won't create any meaningful jobs in our area for at least two to four years. And after foul ups in planning and lawsuits and homeowners saying "not in my backyard" the proponents will deliver a lot less than they say they will right now.

And where does this help SFV residents??? Or Santa Clarita residents? It won't.

And the above post is right. When this tax is actually implemented it's going to hurt local small business. I plan to do as much of my shopping in Simi Valley. Over the next 30 years that should save me quite a bit of money.

We are already overtaxed and all the chumps who voted for this and the other bonds which passed have just added to the weight on all our shoulders.

And all of you who voted for your Dumbocatic incumbents... where's your "change" now? Those were a majority of the people on every governmental level who screwed up to begin with.

Real Smart.
Dan W

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{quote]This mass transit improvement is another subsidy for the illegal aliens who have jammed up this city because our immigration laws have not been enforced for years because our stupid local officials have been waiting for the Feds for the "go" signal.[/quote]
What idiocy. Ever worsening congestion will continue even if illegal immigrants were not here.
This is an investment in Los Angeles County's economic and environmental sustainability. It's not a "subsidy" for anyone. And, this money cannot be raided by the state or anyone else. Los Angeles can no longer afford to have a car-only culture.
This natural born, white, middle-class, U.S. Citizen, proudly voted for Measure R. The passage of Prop. 1a and Measure R give me faith that Los Angeles County and the State of California have a bright and sustainable future ahead of it.
Bravo, Los Angeles County.
SUR 13

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SUR 13

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Ray

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Dan W wrote:
{quote]This mass transit improvement is another subsidy for the illegal aliens who have jammed up this city because our immigration laws have not been enforced for years because our stupid local officials have been waiting for the Feds for the "go" signal.[/quote]
What idiocy. Ever worsening congestion will continue even if illegal immigrants were not here.
This is an investment in Los Angeles County's economic and environmental sustainability. It's not a "subsidy" for anyone. And, this money cannot be raided by the state or anyone else. Los Angeles can no longer afford to have a car-only culture.
This natural born, white, middle-class, U.S. Citizen, proudly voted for Measure R. The passage of Prop. 1a and Measure R give me faith that Los Angeles County and the State of California have a bright and sustainable future ahead of it.
Bravo, Los Angeles County.
What in God's name are talking about??? When the illegal aliens staged a march in May Day 2006, our freeways were wide open, traffic was practically vacant. Why??? Because the illegal aliens weren't driving that day clogging up traffic. Were you here when they were screaming at City Hall for their illegal alien rights???

Now I just heard that Gov. Schwarzenneger is proposing to increase the sales tax by another 1 1/2%. Well, isn't that just great!!! Now, instead of having an 8.75% sales tax here in LA county (thanks to you idiots for voting for measure R), we're gonna have a 10.25% sales tax. How about that you moron!!! It is unconscionable to slap a 10.25% surcharge on everything you buy that's covered under the sales tax law. And the governor wants to extend the sales tax to other services not currently covered, including GOLF. DO YOU GOLF???? Others include appliance and furniture repair, vehicle repair, veterinarian services, amusement parks,.... When this proposal passes, we're gonna have the highest sales tax in the nation, bar none. Higher than any other county, higher than any other city, higher than any other district in the nation.

You know what, when I go shopping, I'll go shopping outside of LA County. You have a lot of people who voted for this measure because they have no idea what's going on in the world, have no concept of money, who don't make much money, and our city officials now got control of tax policy here in LA County and saddled us with a half cent tax increase for the next 30 years. I'm sure the sales tax is gonna increase more during those 30 years. The people with the least intelligence, the least education, who are the least informed, the riff-raff people should never, ever vote. The poor, uninformed people voting on major economic issues will sink us, absolutely sink us. The less turnout, the better. You don't want everybody voting, because the masses do stupid things. The more people vote, the more you have stupid, uninformed people voting and then they do things based on emotion, based on impulse. And these are the same people who voted for that L.A. Unified bond measure (Measure Q). They just don't know what "BOND" means. It means "borrowing". Stupid, crazy idiots.
charles darwin

Palm Desert, CA

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time to move outta california, esp with the 1.5% from arnold! maybe its time to move out of los angeles county!

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