December 12, 2012 – When nearly two-thirds of the citizenry vote to tax themselves to expand transit but don’t prevail, then democracy has gone cockeyed. If a small minority can thwart the will of the vast majority on a routine local tax issue, it’s absurd. This, of course, is what happened last month when Los Angeles County voters overwhelmingly supported Measure J to extend a half-cent sales tax for transit. But the vote fell roughly a half-percentage point short of the necessary two-thirds majority. Ordinarily — except in California’s dysfunctional government financing system — that would be called a landslide victory.
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