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Group Doesn't Trust Villaraigosa, Says No to Measure R

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In what amounts to the dumbest reason to oppose a measure, the city's Engineers and Architects Association that represents 10,000 employees has come out against Measure R, the half-cent sales tax ballot initiative to raise $40 billion for transportation projects: "Much of the reason has to do with the fact that we don't trust this mayor," Union head Bob Aquino is quoted saying the Daily News' political blog. "We've seen him increase every fee that Angelenos pay in this city and then misuse the money. In all candor, our board feels that when we're talking about $40 billion, that we aren't sure the money will be used as they say."

Villaraigosa may be a controversial man, but this is not a city tax, it is a countywide tax overseen by Metro. And admittedly, the Mayor does sit on that board and has sway, but the board also members who oppose this initiative and if it passes, you know they'll have their bullshit meter on.