One of the sponsors of a proposed $3 billion bond to repair city streets said he will be having meetings this weekend to determine whether to postpone the proposed May 21 ballot measure in order to build more public support.
"Everywhere I go people tell me it is needed and a good idea, but it is so massive they need more time to deal with it," Councilman Mitch Englander said Friday.
Englander said he and Councilman Joe Buscaino, who joined in proposing the bond issue, will be discussing their strategy this weekend, as they also prepare a report to the City Council on explaining the proposal to voters.
Two neighborhood council organizations have asked the proposal be delayed 60 days to allow the 95 neighborhood councils to weigh in on the bond measure, which officials estimate could cost the owner of a $350,000 home about $119 a year.
Jack Humphreville of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council said the additional time is needed to analyze the fiscal impact of the proposal.
"That is why the charter-authorized neighborhood councils have called for a 60-day cooling off period," Humphreville said.
Jay Handal of the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates committee, said there was concern that the council was attempting to bypass the neighborhood councils in advancing such a far-reaching plan.
Englander said he had believed there would be adequate time to address concerns over the course of a campaign.
"We have a lot of time between now and May 21 to explain and deal with the proposal," Englander said. "But, also, it was pointed out to me that it would be too late to make changes because the measure would be in the form of an ordinance and would be difficult to change."
Englander said his concern is the cost of repairs keeps growing.
"Twenty years ago, the cost was $750 million," Englander said. "Ten years later, in 2002, it was $1.5 billion and, today, it has doubled to $3 billion. What will the cost be 10 years from now?
"I think this is something we need to deal with as soon as possible."