LiberalOC bloggers Chris Prevatt and Dan Chmielewski are probably going to hate me after this one, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s exactly why TheLiberalOC isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a one-man-show. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d love to see one of them post a counter to this not-so-liberal post IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m about to write. (Is that a challenge?)
So hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my declaration: Steve GreenhutÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anti-measure M editorial in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s register makes a lot of sense. So much sense that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m thinking that I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be voting for renewing the measure in November.
The most poignant question raised is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why now?Ã¢â‚¬Â Really, why rush this? The current sales tax doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expire until 2011, and OCTA has plenty of time to perfect (or what Greenhut calls Ã¢â‚¬ËœreformÃ¢â‚¬â„¢) the current plan.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m worried that when renewed, OCTA will waste more money talking about the silly Centerline or impractical light rail system here in OC. Once the measure passes, the money can easily get routed toward such a thingÃ¢â‚¬â€remember back a couple of years when we wasted plenty of cash on Centerline surveys and mailers.
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t confuse me for a Greenhut lover. A few of the argument in his editorial (especially his disapproval of 25% of the Measure M money going toward mass transit) are weak. But I still need someone to tell my why we need to approve Measure M right now, and why it has to be identical to daddy.[Steve GreenhutÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 10 Reasons @ OC Register]