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Feinstein: 'No One Knows Where' Federal Funds for Subway Extension Will Come From

The senator spoke to Patch during a speaking engagement in Century City on Tuesday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein expressed doubt about the availability of federal funding for the city's public transportation revamp in an interview with Patch during a speaking engagement in Century City on Tuesday.

During a Century City speaking engagement, Feinstein told Patch that she believes  is "brilliant," but that she is unsure where the federal funds to support it would come from.

"Right now, no one knows where that [money] is," Feinstein said.

The 30/10 Initiative, also called "America Fast Forward," seeks to use long-term revenue from the Los Angeles County-approved Measure R sales tax as collateral for long-term bonds that, in addition to a federal loan, would allow the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to construct 12 mass transit projects in 10 years.

Feinstein also said the controversy over the exact location of the is frustrating, but that "it will work itself out."

Feinstein spoke about other topics including national security and raising the debt ceiling. To read more, click here.

Feinstein also told Patch that she did speak to Northrup Grumman CEO Wes Bush about the move of 200 of the company's executives to Northern Virginia so that they could be closer to Washington, D.C.

"I obviously regret the move," she said, pointing out that she does not run the company.

Carol Spencer August 24, 2011 at 06:14 PM
The Senator needs to energize her thoughts & actions during the recess to actively support the Westside subway so that it will be able to start construction on the first phase quickly. The people of Los Angeles voted to tax themselves to repay the Government – Our Mayor created 30/10 where monies borrowed from the Federal Govt. are repaid. Senator, with 12% unemployment in the state, construction workers are especially hard hit. Traffic congestion on the west side of Los Angeles will only get worse - we voted for YOU, NOW, WE NEED YOU to stand up and be heard – Get your colleagues in the Senate to VOTE FOR this and other badly needed projects in the USA. And, additional funding is needed to complete the I-405 project don’t allow it to stop.
Lois Brower August 25, 2011 at 01:11 AM
I have decided Feinstein s.u.c.k.s. I wrote her that I hated the debt ceiling deal and asked her to vote against it. In the reply back to me she thanked me for supporting her vote. Obviously, not only did she not read it but the j.e.r.k that worked her site didn't either.
JDRCRASHER August 25, 2011 at 05:44 AM
No, Ms. Feinstein, it's time for you, Reid, Pelosi, Obama, and the rest of the Dems to stop effing around, grow some balls, stop bowing to Boehner and his GOP cronies, and actually start forcing this investment shit down their damn throats.
Mark Elliot September 01, 2011 at 07:12 PM
It would be useful for the Senator to give constituents, especially who have expressed a specific interest in her local appearances, a heads-up when she'll be speaking locally. Calls to the local office in the past produce a "no scheduled events" response. Talk about inaccessible DC! But if you're an industry association, perhaps, or Northrup Grumman, no problem getting the Senator to show up.
Carol Spencer September 01, 2011 at 07:23 PM
It would be wonderful if Patch would run the article that appears in today's LA Transportation Library - Feinstein: "I Support Funding For The Westside Subway" StreetsBlog LA The article gives a totally different slant to her words. When contacted, the Senator’s office claimed it was the future funding of the TIFIA program and the entire transportation fundingbill in Washington, D.C. that she was discussing and she remained confident that increased federal funding for the Subway is a priority for her agenda.

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