SAN FRANCISCO — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last week proposed borrowing to speed construction on $20 billion of mass transit projects approved by Los Angeles County voters last year.

The county’s voters last year approved Measure R, a half-cent, $40 billion sales tax increase championed by Villaraigosa to fund transit and road improvements over the next 30 years. Thirty-five percent of the funds were earmarked for new rail or bus rapid-transit capital projects.

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