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Measure J Voter Undecided Day Of Election

Alexa Girkout, Eric Ruble |
November 6, 2012 | 6:02 p.m. PST

Staff Reporters

Eric Hamilton, a choir director and team leader at Jack-in-the-Box, commutes six hours per day.
Eric Hamilton, a choir director and team leader at Jack-in-the-Box, commutes six hours per day.
One of the measures on this year's ballot is Measure J, which would extend an existing sales tax that supports public transportation projects for 30 years, from 2039 to 2069. 

Eric Hamilton is a choir director and a team leader at Jack-in-the-Box. He was at the Wilshire and Vermont Station, heading toward Malibu and shared his thoughts on the measure.

Q: Would you support Measure J?

A: I’m not entirely sure right now. I’m actually going to do a little more reading on it before I make my decision. It seems like right now I’d be leaning towards supporting it. I just need to do a little more research.

Q: How often do you use public transportation?

A: I take public transportation pretty much 100 percent of the time. Right now this is my main way to get to work. 

Q: Is it effective? 

To some degree, yes, but not 100 percent yes. There are a lot of areas where it could be fixed and there are definitely some issues. I think there are for sure bus lines that should have more employees. 

One I don’t particularly care for extends a little farther than L.A. It’s the Malibu transit bus, line 534. The bus is always late. It’s never on time and on top of that, there’s a zone fee that you have to pay that I think is kind of ridiculous because of the fact that the buses are so unreliable.

On top of that, you’re not having to pay an extra fee for the trains which are more reliable. I think it would make sense that if you’re going to have to pay a zone fare (not that I think we should pay a zone fare), but I think it would make more sense for the train as opposed to the freeway because there’s always slight traffic so it’s adding an extra cent more for that. 

Q: What is your typical commute?

A: It’s temporary, but as of right now from South Pasadena to Malibu. I actually have to catch one bus and I catch multiple trains just to commute. My commute is usually three hours but in two weeks that won’t be a problem anymore because I’m switching locations and I’ll be driving. 

Q: How long does it take you to commute?

A: Three hours, usually. Six hours because I’m traveling to and from work.


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