First is the Orange County Transportation Authority, aka the OCTA. It is now proposing an extension of the 1/2% sales tax for 30 years.
One of the accomplishments the OCTA touts is stabilizing senior and disabled citizen bus fares. Want to guess which segment of the populace saw the highest percentage increase in bus fares during the 14 years the tax has been in collected?
Now the proposed extension will rake in about eleven billion dollars and OCTA is planning to use 1% of that to fund senior and disabled transit programs. Please notice how non-specific that is. It's LIP SERVICE!!! Hey OCTA BULLETIN, BULLETIN, BULLETIN. WE BABY BOOMERS WILL SOON BEGIN RETIRING! WE BABY BOOMERS WILL BE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH THROUGHOUT THE MAJORITY OF THE NEXT 30 YEARS!!! YOU ARE NOT THROWING ENOUGH OF OUR MONEY AT THE AGING POPULATION'S NEEDS!
Lets see, you have built tollways we can use at additional cost. Car pool lanes most people can't use because they're not in a car pool. Built or refurbished bus stops, whoopee! Improved some freeway interchanges so that the bottlenecks are now someplace else. You've proposed a tunnel through the mountains; for which I'm sure you'll collect a toll. Now hybrid vehicles can use the car pool lanes so even the car poolers have cause to complain. And about that artwork on the walls lining the freeways... ENOUGH ALREADY!!! Hey OCTA, two words...MASS TRANSIT!
The way its going we won't be able to afford the gas to use OCTA's great feats of engineering and infrastructure! Maybe the traffic will diminish to the point that we'll have excess capacity on the highways and byways.
I am suggesting that everyone I know contact their city council and voice their opposition to the renewed Measure M. Before it can be presented to the voters via proposition, more than half the citys in the O.C. must to approve it.
That's enough for today, I'll continue tomorrow. I'll have the drug companys on my mind then!