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Local News in Brief : Vote on Trolley Likely

February 18, 1988

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to ask San Fernando Valley voters in June if they support construction of a Valley trolley line and, if so, whether they favor creation of a citizens' commission to recommend routes.

The council still must give final approval to the measure before it is assured a spot on the June 7 ballot.

Later Wednesday, the council's Transportation and Traffic Committee voted to recommend that the full council establish the citizens' panel immediately. It was unclear how the creation of such a panel would affect any referendum.

The county Transportation Commission last December dumped the controversy in the laps of elected officials after all five of the commission's proposed Valley rail routes ran into stiff community opposition.

The referendum was proposed by Mayor Tom Bradley and Councilman Mike Woo.

Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky contended the referendum would be meaningless because it would not decide the controversial issue of a route. Bradley originally proposed that the referendum also ask voters which of the five routes they favored.

Woo, whose district includes Studio City, defended the referendum, saying he is not convinced that Valley voters want a trolley line.

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