December 4, 2012 – Bittersweet news has hit Los Angeles transit advocates over the past two days. First, Measure J, the L.A. County November 6 ballot initiative to extend a sales tax dedicated to transportation projects by 30 years, lost by nearly a half a percentage point, according to the final ballot tally posted Sunday. Second, a special tax district to fund a streetcar in downtown L.A. has won, according to preliminary results. Voters approved $62.5 million in local funding, it was announced Monday evening. The approved funding would cover about half of the cost of the system and the rest will be sought from the federal government, backers of the project said.