1964: A summit meeting of members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles city officials is held, along with State Assemblyman Tom Carrell, Chairman of the Assembly Interim Committee on Transportation and Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority officials.
These include the power of eminent domain, the power to levy the “in lieu” tax on automobiles, issuance of a general obligation bond upon authorization by the voters, and appointment by local authorities to the Board.
“Give MTA the tools it needs to work with and it will fashion for you, and the people of Los Angeles County, a mass rapid transit system second to none in the world.
MTA is ready, willing, and able. It has the experience, it has the plans, it has the know-how. It is wound up and ready to go. All it needs is the starter flag.”