Villaraigosa heads to Sacramento, seeks transportation and anti-gang funds

first_img Villaraigosa also will urge state officials to fund for prevention, intervention and suppression efforts to reduce gang violence statewide. These funds are critical to supplement the mayor’s $168 million gang reduction plan, which he announced in April and funded through the budget adopted by the City Council on Monday. For further information about the proposed transportation fee rate hikes readMetro board due to vote Thursday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will travel today to Sacramento, where he will lobby lawmakers for transportation and anti-gang funding. Villaraigosa plans to ask legislators to restore millions of dollars in gas-tax revenue earmarked for transportation projects that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to use for other programs. The governor’s proposal would mean a loss of nearly $230 million to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which will consider fare increases on Thursday to help close a budget deficit. The Metro proposal would increase some fares as much as 400 percent, which transportation advocates say would create a hardship for low-income residents. Villaraigosa, who sits on the Metro board, has called for increases of 5 percent annually, but notes the state money is needed to reduce the transit agency’s deficit.last_img read more