Villaraigosa Endorses Half-Cent Sales Tax You'll Vote On In March

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been on the fence, or at least noticeably quiet, about a proposed sales-tax hike that will come before L.A. city voters March 5.

Today the Yes on A campaign revealed that our leader is giving Proposition A his support.

According to a statement from the camp Villaraigosa will join the initiative's main backer, City Council President Herb Wesson, ...

... LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, L.A. Fire Department head Brian Cummings and others to announce his thumbs up Monday at 9 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Backers say Proposition A's half-cent sales tax hike would raise $200 for the city's general fund. About 70 percent of that fund goes into LAPD and LAFD services.

Yes on A states:

While the City has made tremendous strides in eliminating a massive structural deficit, the threat of cuts to public safety and other vital City programs remains a serious concern. Mayor Villaraigosa will be joining Proposition A campaign co-chairs Police Chief Charlie Beck and Fire Chief Brian Cummings.

[@dennisjromero / / @LAWeeklyNews]

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