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Villaraigosa Pushes For Measure R Extension At State Of The City

Benjamin Gottlieb |
April 20, 2012 | 8:38 p.m. PDT

Executive Editor

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons).
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons).
This post originally appeared on Annenberg Radio News.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for an extension of Measure R—Los Angeles’ $40 billion transportation upgrade fueled by a half-penny tax—at his final ‘State of the City’ address at the Paramount Studios auditorium.

The extension of Measure R, which would require a two-thirds majority vote in November’s elections, is expected to inject another $8 billion into the Mayor’s transportation projects.

But a recent poll conducted by Loyola Marymount University found that just under 55 percent of Angelenos currently support an extension of the half-penny tax.

Left out of the Mayor’s address was any mention of the city budget, which he unveiled last Thursday. The new budget calls for laying off LAPD workers and increasing the retirement age for new employees.

For some insight on the Mayor’s last citywide address, I spoke with Alice Walton of TheCityMaven.com.

Click here for the interview.



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