LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was introduced by Move LA Executive Director Denny Zane at the State of the City speech Wednesday (link to video here) when the Mayor announced his intent to ask voters to extend Measure R. Denny had this to say about extending Measure R:
"In 2008, the business, labor and environmental communities set aside their history of rancor in Los Angeles County and agreed to work in earnest toward a common future and a shared prosperity. First, we worked together to build nearly 70 percent voter support for Measure R and to recreate our once lost but soon to be restored world class transit system. Then we continued our efforts, working to convince Congress that the America Fast Forward program could accelerate not only our prosperity but that of our nation as well.
"Unfortunately, it is clear that a similar spirit of collaboration is lacking in the federal government now. While we remain optimistic for our eventual success in Washington, we cannot passively allow our community's future to be put on hold. By giving our voters the opportunity to continue Measure R until they see fit, we can create good jobs now, relieve highway congestion now and complete all of our Measure R light rail and ubway projects in a mere decade. Why would we wait?"