Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) prepares andadministers the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) that includes Los Angeles County.The RTP is a planning document that establishes transportation policy and identifiesimprovements and programs and funding sources to implement that policy. (Gov. Code,§ 65080.) In 2008, after completing a Program Environment Impact Report (PEIR),SCAG adopted the current RTP (2008 RTP). The 710 Tunnel, among hundreds of other items, is listed in the 2008 RTP.
On July 24, 2008, respondent approved the Traffic Relief and RailExpansion Ordinance 08-01 (Ordinance) which proposed a 30-year, one-half percentincrease in the sales tax for Los Angeles County to help address "substantial shortages of transportation funds exist[ing] in Los Angeles County." The Ordinance includesAttachment A, the requisite expenditure plan. (Pub. Util. Code, § 130350.5, subd. (f).)On the same date, respondent adopted a resolution requesting that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles place Measure R on the November 4, 2008,ballot for submission to the county electors.The resolution states that the California Environmental Quality Act(CEQA) "does not apply to this tax proposal according to" section 15378, subdivision(b), Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations.
On July 24, 2008, respondent filed aNotice of Exemption for the ordinance, citing section CEQA Guideline section 15378,subdivision (b) and other exemptions.
Further references to the Code of Regulations are referred to as CEQA Guidelines.(The term "CEQA Guidelines" refers to the regulations for the implementation of CEQAauthorized by the Legislature (Pub. Resources Code, § 21083), codified in title 14,section 15000 et seq. of the California Code of Regulations, and prescribed by theSecretary of Resources to be followed by all state and local agencies in California in theimplementation of CEQA. (