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Local Officials Urge State Officials on Transit Bill

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It's amazing that it's so hard to allow the people of Los Angeles County to choose their own fate when it comes to taxes and public transportation. Two locally elected bodies have already given the go ahead (albeit a fight with one of them) to put a measure on November's ballot that will ask us residents if the sales tax should be kicked up a half-penny to raise $30 to $40 billion worth of transportation projects, mostly public transit.

But a state bill that would simply allow such a question be posed to the people on November's ballot has been sitting in a committee for some time now because state politicians, some who do not even represent areas even close to Los Angeles, are stalling.

Mayor Villaraigosa and LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky are holding a news conference at Union Station later this morning to urge state lawmakers to pass this bill. And they're right to do so. Would you rather make the choice of having a future public transit or not or have some lawmaker who represents parts of Northern California do it for you?

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