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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Ask the Mayor

Highlighted question of the evening from KCAL 9's "Ask the Mayor" segment:

"Your opponent Bob Hertzberg said during the campaign that if a candidate can't synchronize the traffic signals in LA, he doesn't deserve to be Mayor. This doesn't require cutting-edge equipment or huge expenditures...only the political will to put it in place." -- A.L. Hern

The Mayor's response:

"Well actually, nothing could be farther from the truth. It's going to be a price tag of about 240 million dollars to sychronize or lights. I'm committed to doing that. I put a plan together to do that. Now we got to get the money and so we are going to work with the state and federal government, work to look within our own budget, for the money. I've said that I want to sychronize those lights by the end of my four year term, but it is going to cost a great deal of money and it is not just political will. One of the promises that Mr. Hertzberg committed to and that I made and delivered on was to stop construction on the rush hour. That didn't cost us any money, so I did it within my first six months. Sychronizing the lights costs a great deal of money."

Given the many other tough e-mail questions he was receiving, he answered this one well. The clock is now ticking though. When he comes up for re-election in 2008, are your lights going to be sychronized?

For those of you who would like to ask him questions next week, click here to submit them.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

The lights are not only not synchronized, they're out -- and nobody's home (1.8 GPA).

January 26, 2006 9:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Im sure it is expensive, but boy, there is nothing more frustrating than when its rush hour, and traffic is f-ed up even worse because of non-synchronized lights.

AV- Top Priorities-more cops, work on traffic. 2nd priorities-School improvement ( this should be top priority but, this will take several years, and frankly, AV needs time to get himself up to speed, and to build the political momentum), more housing, clean up the port area, because people are dying.

January 26, 2006 10:30 AM  

Blogger slightlyslack said:

AV could take care of a lot of the problem by hiring a couple hundred unemployed gangbangers to besiege Beverly Hills until its government relents and agrees to properly synchronize the lights on Wilshire. I doubt it'd cost more than, say, $5 million.

January 26, 2006 11:40 AM  

Anonymous NOEL PARK said:

10:30 AM:


January 26, 2006 12:48 PM  

Anonymous noel park said:

Thank you for the link. I just sent in my question.

No prize for guessing what it is!

January 26, 2006 12:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

av suffers from speaking before thinking a side efect from A.D.D. medication.

January 26, 2006 1:42 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

"AV could take care of a lot of the problem by hiring a couple hundred unemployed gangbangers to besiege Beverly Hills"

He already did that, it's called his staff that work in City Hall, on top of Riordan's rejects.

January 26, 2006 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AV-speak 2005.

"I'm gonna do this, that, and the other thing"

Others: "But they're all TOO expensive"

"Doesn't matter' I'm gonna do them

AV-speak 2006 (and beyond).

Others: "Mayor, when are you gonna do this, that, and the other thing?

I can't do this, that, and the other thing. . . they're all TOO expensive

January 26, 2006 4:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You are so wrong. As someone who has ADD and frankly, sometimes it's a godsend. It's NOT a bad thing.

However, when people like you don't know about it... you make mistakes.

We are impulsive when we don't take the medication. The medication doesn't make you impulsive.

Go read a book. I suggest "Driven to Distraction".

Only very intelligent people have ADD and rote teaching bores us, so it's difficult to get more than a 1.8 grade average. It doesn't mean a thing about your intelligence really.

After all, he was smart enough to get elected mayor.

January 26, 2006 5:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"One of the promises that Mr. Hertzberg committed to and that I made and delivered on was to stop construction on the rush hour. That didn't cost us any money..."

Um, if you ban work during 4 hours of the day and you are dealing with civil servants it will cost you more either through 1) overtime 2) delays (which is not just time, also the costs associated with having the equipment sitting unused, the increases in the costs of materials, the fact that you are paying people to sit with their thumbs up there asses during the two rush hour periods, etc.)

January 26, 2006 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Backtrack, backtrack - the emperor has no clothes after all. He's not going to make it past his second year.

January 26, 2006 6:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Politicians and talk radio jocks on pm KFI radio are so stupid they think that can time signals so easy. It takes a complicated signal system and very high tech computers to even come close to synchronizing the signals. Som bozos think that it can be done in a snap. These are the same people who flunked algebra and geometry.

I don't agree with the Mayor on almost everything, but we can't blame him for not being miracle worker.

January 26, 2006 9:45 PM  

Blogger slightlyslack said:

21:45 anon is right. Deciding on synch schemes requires a detailed demand analysis of the entire traffic system, and that's before you start having to factor in things like signal prioritization (on Rapid buses and such), rail grade crossings, and fire trucks. The ripple effects from a single shock to the system can be incredible. There's a good reason that the people who develop the synchronization schemes for the traffic lights in a huge city like Los Angeles are generally armed with master's degrees or PhDs in industrial engineering, mathematics, or computer science. The schmucks on KFI probably majored in kegstands in college.

January 27, 2006 1:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Didn't our mayor, Tony the Liar, flunk algebra and geometry also? Flunked out of high school, 1.8 GPA - yeah, we got a real Einstein in that mayor's office.

January 27, 2006 7:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

don't get so jealous 9:45 because you studied your ass off and aren't where you thought you would be. AV was smart enough to figure out how the political game is played and that is not something that you can learn in high school.

January 27, 2006 11:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AV was smart enough to figure out how the political game is played. . .

Just how smart do you have to be to figure out that LYING is how the game is played? Even Alvin (DOH!) P-p-p-p-arra knew THAT!

The real question is: How immoral, unethical, and craven do you have to be to excel at lying the way AV does?

We've only seen the tip of his LIE-ceberg, so far!

(Thank you -- thank you very much. I'm here all week -- don't forget to tip your city employees!)

January 27, 2006 12:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Flunked math...he's got the number $240 million down pat. $240 million deficit, $240 million to synchronize lights, he'll probably have used up $240 million of gulf stream time from Ameriquest. Which one of you idiots thinks that Mayor plans on being here at the end of his term to cover any of these checks his big mouth is writing? I'm going to take over the LAUSD by the end of my term, I'll sychoronize lights by the end of my term, I'll get rid of commission corruption with contracting out by the end of my term. Shit, his term would have to last 240 million years for him to fulfill the promises he's making.

January 27, 2006 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villababoso wants to

syn the lights
hire more police
take over LAUSD
clean up the harbor

and what else ? They are all top priority
and all going to be done before the end of his first term. What a liar! By that time he'll be trying to move on to be the next. Governor. Will he also save his marriage by the end of his first term and move back into Mt. Washington with his wife Corinne

January 27, 2006 1:21 PM  

Anonymous noel park said:

Anybody see MAV's poll numbers in the Times this morning?

January 28, 2006 9:19 AM  

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