In June 2019, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) expressed strong concerns with the decision to allocate $4.4 million of Measure M funding for the South Bay Fiberoptic Network Project as it was a misuse of dollars reserved for transportation projects.
VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
“The South Bay apparently doesn’t have internet, so they want Metro to pay for it. The problem is, this isn’t a group of roommates trying to come up with money to pay for Wi-Fi, the South Bay Cities COG is asking taxpayers to foot the bill for a project voters didn’t vote for.
“Continuing to fund this project is a dangerous and slippery slope. Metro will end up giving blank checks for any project that cities can come up with.
“The San Gabriel Valley already expressed interest in a similar internet project. Can we reasonably expect Measure M dollars to fund that too? What about other non-transportation projects? Where do we draw the line?
“Voters supported and approved Measure M because they were promised transportation improvements. The Valley was thrilled that we would finally see investments made in our community. Giving money for an internet project is a huge blow to what we were promised.
“This is a waste of money. In this time of unprecedented crisis, we shouldn’t give cities free rein to use taxpayer money in ways that contradict the voters’ wishes. We need accountability to guarantee that Measure M funding is only used for transportation projects.”
The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit www.vica.com for more information.