A discussion on whether to support state legislation that would pave the way for an extension of Measure R took an unexpected turn today when a Los Angeles County supervisor likened the tax to “gang rape.”
Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s comment prompted Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a major supporter of Measure R, to temporarily walk out of the Metro committee meeting. He later returned for the 3-2 vote to support Assemblyman Mike Feuer’s bill. Today’s dust up follows last night’s State of the City address, which focused on why Villaraigosa believes it is necessary to eliminate the 2039 sunset of Measure R.
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