The Valley VOTE Board of Directors has unanimously approved support of the “Valley on Track” coalition

“Valley on Track” is dedicated to improving upon the regions most pressing transportation issues and opportunities so that our ground mobility can be optimized to enhance the business climate, public health and quality of life for San Fernando Valley residents.

The Valley has been severally under served by rail transportation for years. There are only two rail transit stations in the Valley. They represent 2.5% of all of the stations in L.A County, while the Valley represents 20% of the L.A. County population. Future rail transit plans must include projects that focus on the critical needs of the Valley.

The “Valley on Track” coalition advocates for the construction of the following projects:

1. Upgrade the Metro Orange Line busway to light rail.

A victim of its own huge success, growing rider ship has made the line overcrowded and slow. Conversion to light rail is the best choice now to improve what has become the Valley’s transit backbone.

The line is an existing 18-mile east-west busway running parallel to the 101 freeway from North Hollywood to Chatsworth along Chandler and Victory Boulevards and Canoga Avenue.

Completion Date: To be determined.

2. Build the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor as a rail system

The route runs through some of the most transit dependent, majority minority communities in L.A. County. Current bus lines along the corridor are the most heavily used in the Valley after the Orange Line and among the top ten in the county. The Valley cannot accept another under built project that does not meet the demand.

Currently in the planning stage, the corridor will run north-south between Sylmar and Van Nuys, and will eventually connect with the Sepulveda Pass Corridor.

Completion Date: 2018, under current Measure R projection.

3. Build the Sepulveda Pass Corridor project as a rail system, including a tunnel through the Santa Monica Mountains

Connecting the Valley to the Westside, the Sepulveda Pass is one of the world’s most congested traffic corridors. No mode besides rail can even begin to address the transit demand. Currently the last project in Measure R, the corridor will run from Sherman Oaks to the Westside. It should serve UCLA and West L.A. Metro lines, with the potential to eventually reach LAX.

Completion Date: 2039, under current Measure R projection

Please note that the projects presented above must be prioritized in future ballot measures, federal funding requests, and the identification of other funding resources by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority in order to maintain Valley’s support

Valley VOTE Supports Veterans Lawsuit

The Valley VOTE Board of Directors has overwhelmingly approved the following Motion:

Valley VOTE supports the Class Action Lawsuit filed on June 7, 2011 on behalf of four plaintiffs. The first is Carolina Winston Barrie, a great granddaughter of one of the land donors in 1888 that bequeathed the property, in perpetuity, in West Los Angeles exclusively for America’s Military Veterans. The other three are veterans plaintiffs; one from the Iraq war, one from the Afghanistan conflict, and one a sexually abused woman veteran. The ACLU foundation of Southern California and six law firms; Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School Inner City Law Center, Munger,Tolles &Olsen LLP, Arnold &Porter LLP and additional counsel (7) are in support of this suit. It was filed vs. Erick Shinseki in his official capacity, Department of Veterans Affairs; and Donna M. Beiter, in her official capacity, Director, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

Discussion
The 5 causes of action included in the lawsuit are:
1) Intentional discrimination, all plaintiffs and Vietnam Veterans of America.
2) Meaningful Access Denied, all plaintiffs and Vietnam Veterans of America
3) Breach of Fiduciary Duty as Trustee of Charitable Trust, all plaintiffs against all defendants
4) Accounting for all profits, all plaintiffs against all defendants
5) Breach of Fiduciary Duty of charitable trust (Mandamus Relief) all plaintiffs against all defendants