Best and worst outcomes from the 2012 election
Voters across the political spectrum could find something to celebrate or decry, especially those of us here at The Times' Opinion Manufacturing Division, where we follow elections with a fervor that verges on the unhealthy. --Dan Turner
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Worst: Slow transit for Los Angeles( Los Angeles Times / December 14, 2012 )
Measure J wouldn't have solved L.A.'s traffic problems at a stroke, but it wouldn't have cost current taxpayers a dime and it might have speeded construction on several badly needed transit projects, including a subway from downtown to the car-choked Westside.
The idea was to extend a sales-tax hike approved in 2008 and set to expire in 2039 for another 30 years, keeping it in place until 2069. This would have allowed officials to borrow against future revenues and move up the completion dates of some of the most important projects in the pipeline.
Its failure is a tribute not to the organizational techniques of its opponents, who mounted a last-minute and barely funded campaign, but to the extraordinary hurdle Californians have mounted for approving tax hikes. Measure J won 66.11% of the vote and fell shy of the required two-thirds majority by just 0.56%, showing that a strong majority of Angelenos are in favor of better transit options, faster. Thwarting their will with such a huge supermajority requirement is undemocratic and unfair.
Above: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa steps off the Expo Line at the Culver City station on June 20.