Measure M is essentially a one-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects in LA County, raising up to $860 million dollars a year for freeways and public transit. The official ballot measure is 36 pages long, and KPCC's Take Two just spent twenty minutes digging into all the things the proposal could do.
But for KPCC's Voter Game Plan, we wanted to not only make sure you have all the info you need, but feel empowered to vote, not beaten down by the ugliness of this election season and the complexity of the ballot.
So with that in mind, Off-Ramp host John Rabe and Meghan McCarty, who covers commuting and mobility issues for KPCC, met where the Gold Line crosses California Blvd., and talked about how Meghan keeps the listener in mind when tackling such a deep and far-reaching topic ... in other words, how Meghan and the rest of KPCC's journalists have your back during election season.
"We're actually kind of in a laboratory," Meghan says, "for what Measure M could look like in the future. We have something that's pretty similar that we can gauge the results of (in Measure R, the 2008 transit tax). So part of what I've been doing is reporting on the fruits of Measure R, these new rail openings, these changes in our urban landscape that we have been seeing in the last five to six years, and asking what they're doing to Los Angeles, how they're serving people, are Angelinos going to get on these trains, how much is it costing us?"
In other words, she's been taking something listeners most of us have experienced - like the completion of the Expo Line - and looking for lessons for Measure M. It makes sense, and it's a great way to tackle a complicated issue.
For much more of our conversation, listen to the audio in the player above. And if you have any election questions, ask us in the comments section, or tweet them to us @kpcc and flag it with #VoterGamePlan.