Post by Transit Coalition on Apr 12, 2007 21:36:28 GMT -8
Yikes, this is like an out of control internet rumour, where no one even bothers to read the correct information at the bottom of the post. Here is my reply with the correct information:
Did any of you bother to call Feinstein, Waxman or Boxer? They all have offices in Los Angeles.
The subway bill is "blackballed", as per the rules of the Senate. What happened this session as well as last session is that a Senator posted an objection to this bill. It is a procedural process, so that Senator can get leverage on something he wants. It has nothing to do with the Subway, as it is just a negotiating ploy.
At the Metro Committee meeting on March 15, the Mayor asked that the bill be formally introduced. He understood that the bill was being held up. The introduction process is long and it needs to be marked up by a Committee. With the Senate dealing with Appropriations Bills the next couple of months, the Metro Lobbyist agreed that this was the only way to go, but it could take the rest of the year to push through.
So, feel free to call Senator Boxer or Feinstein to act to get this bill to move along.
By Bart Reed at March 31, 2007 7:29 PM
After the Washington report at the Metro Committee meeting next week, I will update you all on the latest action. It will probably take another 12 months to get the subway bill through the Senate. That's just life.
I think we need to heed Bart--the pressure isn't going to help with Sen. Dodd (who, I suspect, may be on our side, since I doubt he's going to piss off a Democratic stronghold). Keep contacting Boxer, Feinstein and Waxman.
A more urgent series of needs for us to address is the governor's amazingly-poorly-timed consideration of a transfer of transportation funds to the general fund, as well as our involvement in any Major Investment Study on the Downtown Connector and Wilshire Subways.