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HHPNC To Consider Vote Against $3 Billion Street Repair Measure

A motion co-authored by the board's President and Vice President advises the City Council to slow pace of $3 billion street repair bond measure.

Los Angeles City Councilmen Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino are making a hard push to put a $3 billion street repair bond measure on the May ballot, but some members of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council (HHPNC) think they are moving too fast.

co-authored by board President Monica Alcaraz and Vice President Hector Huezo, which urges the City Council to delay their vote to place the measure on the May ballot.

Huezo said it would be imprudent for the City Council to seek a $3 million bond when there was not clear plan in place to repay it.

"This bond measure is a loan that the city will have to pay back in the future, and they're requesting it at a time when there's no clear plan as to how the city is going to grow its own economy to put itself in the position to be able to pay it back, aside from the brunt of the cost being placed on property owners," Huezo said. "The new loan may also affect the city's credit rating and ability to pay for its most important services, police and fire."

Neighborhood Councils who seek to oppose the measure find themselves in a race against the clock. The Los Angeles City Council has until Jan. 30 to place the bond measure on the May ballot, and is scheduled to discuss and potentially vote on the issue on Tuesday, Jan. 15. 

Huezo said, even though the neighborhood council's recommendation is not binding, he felt it was important to advise the city council on such matters.

"It's important for neighborhood councils to discuss and provide input to the city regardless of the stance each individual neighborhood council decides to take, the important issue is that neighborhood council and neighborhoods discuss and weigh in on the proposed bond," Heuzo said. "How quickly this has moved has not allowed for an adequate response."

Janet Alvarado Dodson January 15, 2013 at 08:48 AM
The Measure R $40 billion sales tax increase the county voted for was specifically for transit. A percentage of that money was supposed to be devoted to highway projects, including repair. The mis-spending of the Measure R funds was exactly why Measure J , a 30 year extension of Measure R, failed. $760 million of Measure R money is currently being spent merely to study the dreadful 710 tunnels. With all that money already available, why do we need another bond again? Let MTA explain where the money has gone before we obligate ourselves to more.
Rev M G Martinez, ULC January 15, 2013 at 05:04 PM
While fiscal conservatism is still practiced in other parts of the country, not spending more than you take in, can pay back, or even not taking in more than needed... Los Angeles hasn't been fiscally responcible since Mayor Yorty has been in office... This City has been run on bonds for decades, literally! Janet has the numbers, and makes all the right points, as she usually does. Monica and Hector have my respect and support, and I agree whole heartedly with what they want to do. I just don't think the HHPNC should take the time to deal with something that will go nowhere. Only one CD1 Candidate I can think of, might be against this bond measure. The last 2 NC Meetings were canceled, for lack of quorum, there's suppose to be a important presentation by the Transit Village Development people, and there's still past business on the plate... take care of the items on hand, before adding more. That's all I'm saying. Good luck!
Arline DeSanctis January 15, 2013 at 07:11 PM
When is the City Council going to learn to live within their means? I applaud the NCs for taking stand against the proposed bond measure.
Chris P January 16, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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