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Final Measure J Tally Announced

Results show the countywide ballot measure aimed at accelerating transit projects is .56 percent short of passage.

A half-cent sales tax that would have accelerated rail, highway, bus and transportation improvement projects across the region fell just .56 percent short of passage, The Source reported.

The final vote tally, released Sunday by the Los Angeles County Registrar, showed 66.1 percent of voters in favor of Measure J and 33.9 percent against the measure. It was about 14,000 votes behind the two-thirds approval needed to pass, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's blog The Source:

... turnout was less in 2012 than in 2008 when Measure R was approved with 67.9 percent of the vote. In 2008, a total of 3,001,783 votes were cast in the Measure R election. The final numbers this year show that 2,863,951 votes were cast for or against Measure J.

Measure J would have extended the Measure R sales tax—the half-cent sales tax hike voters approved in 2008—for the next 30 years.

The sales tax increase is currently set to last until 2039, and is projected to raise $40 billion in that time period. Approval of Measure J would have extended the tax until 2069.

Metro responded to the final tally Monday morning, saying it's possible the agency might ask voters in the future to extend Measure R:

In the final vote tally, 66.11 percent of voters, nearly two million Los Angeles County residents, expressed confidence in Metro and the Measure R program. Progress will continue as Metro remains focused on delivering a dozen new transit projects and 15 highway improvement projects that voters approved four years ago in passing Measure R.

Did you want Measure J to pass or fail? Tell us in the comments section below.

Sharam Tabib December 04, 2012 at 12:30 AM
WOW... Can't believe this crappy measure came so close to passing! What this shows is the takers are in the majority in Los Angeles! For now, I'll keep my smile with the news of MTA's loss... may they lose more and more measures that is against taxpayers.
George Vreeland Hill December 04, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Metro is a self interest bully that will say or do anything to get what it wants. The voters simply had enough of them. Metro lied its way to tax money in 2008, but their party is over. It is time for Metro to show real progress and put the interests of L.A. County first.
Shawn Pearson December 04, 2012 at 04:18 AM
The voters almost got duped into extending the transit sales tax to sixty years, that's right fools.....6-0 years. There was NO mention of that in the voter's guide and certainly not on radio.
Brian K December 04, 2012 at 06:01 AM
"The voters simply had enough of them"?! The measure almost exceeded 2/3 of the vote - I'd say this shows that the public supports Metro and that CA has a backwards tax passing law in place. Have you guys seen the Expo Line? The proposed Purple Line extension? The expanded Gold Line and Orange line? The late weekend night hours for all rail? The Silver line bus system? And the subways built in the past decades? How can you NOT see how Metro has improved LA's public transport despite protesting from backwards folks like yourselves who are worried about narrower car lanes.
Ken Ruben December 04, 2012 at 06:13 AM
As it seems the only transit rider and supporter in the comments section I supported Measure J "Ken" R.
Ken Ruben December 04, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Why is that word "reject" listed with my comment above? "Ken" R.
Ken Ruben December 04, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Ditto for all of my comments? "Ken" R.
JohnCySmith.com December 04, 2012 at 07:48 AM
Measure J would have helped all of us. It would have provided more money now, to begin transportation projects sooner rather than later. How many decades must Southern Californians wait for decent mass transit systems like most other great metropolitan areas of the world have?
Fred December 04, 2012 at 03:00 PM
If the general public were aware of the extent of wasteful spending done by our county and state , you would All be outraged and never vote for another tax hike again. Unions have a strangle hold on California . Between the crooked politicians and the Greedy union bosses , our tax dollars are not being used as they should .
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Hi Ken. Are you seeing this still just on your comments? I'm not seeing it. Are you responding directly on the site or through email following the story? Email me at matthew.sanderson@patch.com or the author meredith.skrzypczak@patch.com if you see this while commenting on future stories.
Bob Atkins December 04, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Yes, there have been improvements but I also have reservations about the money grab that Measure J represented. 30+ more years of extension and they have barely started to use the first 30 years that they asked for with the original Measure R! In case you hadn't noticed, these funds also have effectively blocked casual use of the carpool lanes on the 110 and 10 freeways. They are now toll lanes for ExpressPass users! Money from Measure R made those lanes happen! Now casual users have to get a transponder ($40) and pay ($3/mon) if they don't use the lanes enough - and most casual users don't. How about extending the Green Line into LAX!!! That should have been at the TOP of the list - instead it is barely mentioned anywhere and it is so far down the list that it won't be of any benefit to anyone for at least another 30+ years!
Joe Parker December 04, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Metro, et al, spent 2.5+ million dollars airing one bland commercial over and over again on the television stations. As I understand it, the "No on J" opposition spent less than 1% of this amount and used their funds frugally, wisely, and effectively. When Metro becomes wise, frugal, and effective - dealing fairly and equally with all their community members, maybe I'll support them. For now, they deserved their loss.
I want to drive December 04, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Many people ride Silver Line. For rails, except Red Lines, you can see more riders during the rush hours. Rail lines in LA are designed under one condition, you need cars to use
I want to drive December 04, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Metro has cut bus service after Measure R is passed. I don't know why you support Remember, rails don't go everywhere. Remember, all the jobs are not near rails Remember, our bus system stinks, and Metro will continue to cut service I don't know about you However, people can claim the transit riders only if they don't have cars. Understand, we still need cars, Even in New York and Hong Kong, people still drive. However, LA rail project improvement does nothing to help people who don't drive
I want to drive December 04, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Decent public transportation can you get around in Pasadena, Culver City, or Long Beach without cars. There is reason that there are big parking lot structure in those area Don't mislead people
I want to drive December 04, 2012 at 09:09 PM
A half-cent sales tax that would have accelerated rail, highway, bus and transportation improvement There are typos It should A half-cent sales tax that would have accelerated rail, highway, bus destruction and transportation improvement There are some bus improvement such as Orange Line However, most improvement result in "you need cars to use the system" If the system does not reach destination, spend more time waiting for buses or just drive
Bruce Mitchell December 04, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I guess I'm one of the (very) few public transit users in this comment thread. Since I no longer own a car, I rely on public transit exclusively and can say it is a whole lot better than what people on this thread seem to think. I have no trouble getting around L.A. And going anywhere I want. Of course I want to see improvements such as more rail lines, more bus thruways like the Orange and Silve lines, and more bus service. I voted for Measure J as did nearly 2/3 of the voters. The minority who voted against are short-sighted and sound very selfish indeed if the comments ate are anything to go by. Losing by .56 percent simply means the issue will be revisited and we will win next time! These transit expansion programs need to be jump started as soon as possible if L.A. has any hope of slowing the crushing congestion of cars in coming decades.
Scott Zwartz December 05, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I believe that taxation is a good thing and presently, we are not taxed high. Prop J, however, was not a tax; it was a theft of public money. The 1% ripping off the 99%. Very few Angelenos understand the math, geography & finances of subways or their true purpose in Los Angeles, As Los Angeles knew 100 years ago, subways were not viable transportation for Los Angeles as LA was destined to be a large circular city. Here's a byte to 1915 Traffic L.A. Study. http://bit.ly/cJh5BP People who are interested in learning the facts about any subway and Los Angeles should start with this document which was written by engineers and not by loopy urban planners. The sole purpose of LA subways is to be a false justification for super-dense projects. Look at Ken Alpert's article in CityWatchLA about the Casden project. Ken also fell for all the hype and trashed anyone who said that the purpose of the subways was to justify super-density and not improve transportation. The other evil of Prop J was the plan to borrow 30 years of money in the first 10 years and give all those billions of dollars to the corrupt developers of the subways and the high rises within 10 years. The fact that almost 2/3 of the voters feel for this folly of spending 100% of one's budget in the first 10 years, leaving no money for anything in years 11 thru 30, is frightening. LA needs Virtual Presence and if we do not act now, we will lose all the technology and jobs like we lost solar.
Andrew December 06, 2012 at 04:10 AM
I was very sorry to see this fail, despite over 66% in favor. It makes all the sense in the world to accelerate the projects and enjoy the benefits in our lifetime. Rail ridership has grown incredibly over the years ... who would have thought that we would see over 40,000 daily boardings on the Green Line that still kind of goes from nowhere to nowhere. Early critical predictions that the pioneering Blue Line would be like a "ghost train" and not find any passengers look especially stupid. As the network grows - Santa Monica, Wilshire and the Downtown Connector come to mine - the sources, destinations and connections grows, and the number of passengers will grow exponentially. Best hopes for good transit in Los Angeles.

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