Ask the Mayor
"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?
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