Los Angeles Times – The state bill, AB 2321, which would allow a half-cent sales tax to be placed on the November ballot, was put in the suspense file in the State Senate’s Appropriations Committee last night. I’m not sure whether it was a purely bureaucratic move or had something to do with elected officials still unhappy with the bill. The only clue was a statement that there were some issues that needed to be worked out.
Either way, it now gets a full hearing in Appropriations on Thursday, and my guess is that Senators Gil Cedillo and Jenny Oropeza will have something to say about funding for the Green Line and an extension of the Eastside Gold Line, respectively.
Damien Newton — a masochist like me who actually watched the hearing on his computer all day — has a bitingly nice post at Streetsblog Los Angeles. Mr. Newton notes that it only took 10 hours for the State Senate committee to do nothing. I kind of suspect the State Leg has taken much, much, much longer to do nothing.