As of 2:40 am on Wednesday morning, with 97 percent of county precincts reporting, Measure R has cleared its 2/3 hurdle with 67.4 percent of the vote, reports the Los Angeles Times. So, it seems a lock that LA County's sales tax will go up a half-penny (to 8.75 percent) to provide tens of billions for roads, trains, and buses. Whoa--suddenly, there's money for a Purple Line subway extension to Westwood, a Green Line light-rail extension to LAX, and many other big ticket projects. And with 86 percent of statewide precincts reporting, the high-speed train to SF looks poised to squeak by with 52.3 percent of voters giving the thumbs-up. The state now has authority to sell almost $10 billion in bonds to begin funding the train from OC to the Bay Area. Big changes a'comin'. [LA Times]
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