But how this was to be accomplished is anybody's guess. Rachelle Arizmendi asked if a fee structure could be built into registration. The City Manager said possibly. Of course, a sober living home entrepreneur would have to want to actually register with the city for this to happen. Something that he/she is in no way compelled to do under federal or state law right now.
The Dedicato Treatment Center located up on Carter Avenue being a good example of that. It existed there for months before anyone at City Hall found out. And only then it was because residents from that neighborhood told them.
The Director of Development said cities have been trying to get bills passed for the last 10 years, but they always fail. Apparently he wasn’t up on the success of the Malibu Mayor Pro Tem and City Attorney’s efforts described in the article The Tattler referred to yesterday (link). 4 bills were introduced in the Assembly last Spring, and 3 of them passed.
So last night the City Council agreed to write a letter to Sacramento. It was something that could be safely done. All the councilmembers called the letter a good first step. It was something they could actually do without upsetting anyone too much.
Like I said, it went pretty much as predicted - the shrug of the shoulders, the wishes that things were different. The sense was that nothing much could be said or done. Not the best attitude for the elected participants in a city's civic affairs. And certainly not what anyone would call inspiring leadership.
Councilmember Capoccia said something very wrong about Measure R2
John Capoccia has not had a bad thing to say about any tax increase since first being elected as an anti-tax Councilmember in 2012. True to form, last night he waxed positively rhapsodic over Metro's call for a half-cent sales tax increase. This on top of the many billions of dollars they are already getting from a previous sales tax measure.
This sales tax increase is something called Measure R2.
Measure R2 is designed to raise money for Metro light rail, freeways, buses, all the usual transportation stuff. However, quoth the Councilman, none of that money would ever go towards building the 710 Tunnel, which is a Metro project.
And John stated this like it was actually a completely a done deal. And that we should believe him.
However, according to Sylvia Plummer of the influential No 710 Action Committee (link), if passed by the voters later this year, some Measure R2 funds would actually be used to help build the tunnel. Here is what she had to say last January.
Many of us know that the language in Metro's new Measure R2 is going to include, along with mostly transit programs, further funding for the 710 tunnel. Since the, former transit Measure J lost because of anti-710 voters in our area, the new funding is "hidden" in the verbiage of Measure R2.
The draft language for Measure R2 DOES include a loophole to fund the 710 tunnels even though it is not one of the listed projects. We believe this deceptive language was drafted by a pro-710 board member and purposely buried, hopefully not to be found. Thankfully, Attorney Dick Helegeson, discovered this language after the Oct 22nd Metro Board meeting.
The Metro Board still does not get that we are serious about our opposition to R2. That's why we have to go to every board meeting from now on and tell them we will not support Measure R2.
Measure R2 was created as an “extend and augment” tax that would add an extra 18 years to the life of Measure R1. If passed it would enable the implementation of an additional half-cent sales tax with a 30 year life. This tax, Metro believes, could generate an additional $120 billion dollars for them.
And once they have this money, they would be free to do with it as they like. No matter what John Capoccia claimed last night.
Below is a video from the Metro Board Meeting of 3/24/2016. Groups opposing the tunnel project were quite adamant about not voting for Measure R2 because of its ties to the 710 Tunnel.
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