Debunking Yes on S Mailer -- Part Two


In our last post, we explained how Measure S would, in fact, hobble L.A.’s efforts to build affordable housing. 

Today, let’s look at the second allegation from the Yes on S campaign mailer: that L.A. is going to have so many jobs, Measure S’s impact won’t matter. 

Our campaign co-chair Ron Miller, Executive Secretary of the L.A./OC Building Trades Council, knows about jobs. Here’s what he has to say about this “fact.”

Ron Miller:

For every single construction job that Measure M would create by building out our transit system, Measure S would eliminate one construction job and another job for good measure. That’s right — in one vote, we could wipe out the jobs gained by investing in our transit system twice over.

But what about that great big number? 465,000 jobs?

Measure M will create those jobs. It’ll create them over the 40 year span of building out our Metro. It’ll create them throughout all of Los Angeles County, from Palmdale to Manhattan Beach. In the city of L.A., in any single year, it will create between 5,000 and 7,000 jobs.

Meanwhile, the report prepared by Beacon Economics shows that Measure S will destroy 12,000 jobs in its first year. It’ll destroy 6,920 construction jobs—more than Measure M will create in the city of L.A. in a single year—plus 5,130 more through ripple effects.

No surprise—their numbers don’t hold up.

But what’s even more surprising is their argument. The backers of Measure S just sent a message to hundreds of thousands of L.A. voters saying that L.A. has too many jobs. We can afford to vote away 24,000 more over two years—or more.

Tell that to the young apprentices on their first job sites, just getting a taste of a path to a construction career, seeing for the first time how they can support a family on a working-class wage. They don’t know if this economic recovery is going to last. They don’t know if this economy will have a place for them.

And the backers of Measure S want to vote them right out of it.

Thank you,


What will Measure S put in the mail next? If you have a question about a Measure S “fact”, send it to With the broadest coalition in Los Angeles history, we definitely know someone—from a neighborhood council, a homeless services provider, or a business or labor group—who can untwist what they’re saying.