We’re now three weeks from the day that will set the agenda for our country, state and city going into the next decade.
It can be difficult to tear our attention away from the spectacle that our presidential election has become, but many of the measures on our ballot in November will have tangible repercussions in the San Fernando Valley for years to come. The Valley Industry and Commerce Association, or VICA, has spent the last year reviewing every ballot measure that will affect the Valley, and has taken positions on 17 state, county and city measures.
Los Angeles is facing literal gridlock each and every day, and our transit system, especially in the Valley, is simply inadequate for a modern city. Measure M creates a plan to build an ambitious series of transit projects which have been carefully planned over years of engagement with experts and stakeholders. As a Valley resident, I believe this is the single most critical measure on our ballot, and we must mobilize every Los Angeles voter to understand the effect that this measure will have on our, our children’s and our grandchildren’s lives.
Some of the projects, such as improving Metro’s Orange Line, will be completed within a few years. Others, such as building a transit line through the Sepulveda Pass, will take longer and transform the region. The time to invest in these projects is now.
Other measures are not so positive, and some, such as Measure JJJ, will actively damage our city. Measure JJJ will make homes in Los Angeles even more expensive, as if our employees and families are not already struggling to cope with rising housing costs. Proponents will tell you it will increase the supply of subsidized “affordable” housing, and will guarantee construction workers union-levels of pay. But they fail to explain who will pay the costs. Housing is expensive in Los Angeles because there isn’t enough of it, and we can’t build it quickly enough to house everyone who chooses to live here. We can’t stop people living in Los Angeles, and nor do we want to. Making housing even more expensive and difficult to build will hit those least able to afford it hardest.
For all Angelinos, Burbank’s Measure B is one to support. Measure B will allow construction of a replacement passenger terminal at the Burbank-Hollywood Airport. The existing terminal is too close to the runway and doesn’t comply with current seismic or Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The new terminal will have the same number of gates, but it will be more modern, spacious and pleasant to travel though. The airport is an economic driver in the Valley and Measure B will ensure its successful future.