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Should bond measures only need 55% voter percent support instead of two-thirds majority?

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In the last Los Angeles city election, a bond measure to raise money for transit projects failed to pass by a hair. Measure J secured 64.72% of the vote, but needed 66.6%. State law requires local bond measures to have two-thirds of the vote, but some lawmakers want to change that. They argue city infrastructure is crumbling because  tax-raising efforts are hamstrung by too high a threshold for voter support.

One lawmaker in particular is rather passionate. Yesterday [WED], City Councilman Bob Blumenfield won support of L.A. City Council to support passage of ACA 8. The Sacramento bill was authored by Blumenfield during his time in the California State Legislature.

If it passes the Senate, it would place a measure on the November 2014 ballot to reduce the threshold for passage of local infrastructure bond measures to 55%. Why is two-thirds the current standard for such measures?

Bob Blumenfield, City Councilman 3rd District, Los Angeles; Former California Assemblyman and author of ACA 8

Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association