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Sunday, March 25, 2007

How To Bust Gridlock, Not The Budget

By Walter Moore, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles

We can eliminate gridlock, but only if we give people a good reason to get out of their cars.

Plank No. 4 of my platform, which I've already discussed here, is called the "Walking in L.A." initiatives. The focus of that plank is to make it easier for people to live closer to their jobs -- within walking distance.

Plank No. 5 of my platform is designed for the people who can't or won't move closer to their jobs. We don't have to spend billions on subways, elevated trains, or light rail. Rather, we need to use our existing infrastructure -- a fancy word for "streets" -- more efficiently. Take a minute or two to see how it can be done: MooreIsBetter.com.

My favorite part of the plan, based on personal experience riding one in Paris, is the use of Segways. The next time you're in Santa Monica or Burank, rent one and take it for a spin. Tell them L.A.'s next mayor sent you. Then use my name so they'll know what the heck you're talking about.


Blogger dgarzila said:

with the price of bus passes going up? Now what?

March 25, 2007 2:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor's inner circle gives, takes

Villaraigosa relies on a group of 13 friends and benefactors for advice and connections. They get the cachet of backing a rising political star.
By Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
March 25, 2007...For political guidance, the mayor turns to two longtime mentors, former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre, who left public life after pleading guilty to tax evasion in 2001 but has gradually emerged as a behind-the-scenes advisor.


...Maddox has benefited from his proximity to Villaraigosa. Last year, one of the mayor's campaign committees paid $25,000 to Maddox's public affairs consulting firm, Dakota Communications, to drum up support among African American ministers for Villaraigosa's school takeover legislation.

March 25, 2007 8:11 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

As per my platform, we should stop charging people to ride the bus. The fares cover only a tiny fraction of the operating costs. Eliminating fares, moreover, will let the bus get all aboard and get moving faster. We need to make bus travel as attractive as possible to get people out of their cars.

March 25, 2007 9:36 AM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

Walter, if people won't even switch light bulbs, why would they get out of their car?
if anything, we need a lightweight 2 person vehicle, and dedicate special lanes.
This city is beyond fixing, nobody is going to change sh*t in all reality.
The car is here to stay, its inextricably intertwined with Los Angeles

March 25, 2007 9:49 AM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

I like the bus fare idea. I also believe the freeway speed inside city limits should be dropped 10mph. that'll bring people from 80mph back to 70!!
the most efficient speed is actually 60mph, but it strikes me that people think 80 is the recognized acceptable speed now.

March 25, 2007 9:59 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Matt -- Read the platform plank before you comment on it, would you? When you read it, you'll see why I ask you to do so. Hint: great minds think alike.

March 25, 2007 11:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

These machines are illegal to operate in L.A. (there not sold by galpin ford - bertie baby cheeks.

March 25, 2007 12:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that Mayor's wife on the left?

March 25, 2007 5:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ah, Segways, the lazy man's substitute for even the modest exercise walking represents, and Big Walt's invitation to universal obesity!

March 26, 2007 7:30 AM  

Anonymous Pico Union said:

I liked every plank of your platform, Sir.
But I just don't trust you. I hope that if you are elected you don't prostitute yourself to special interests.
No man is an island.
BTW: HPOZ's don't work all that well in my opinion. Too many times have I seen the guidelines of the HPOZ/historic preservation planning staff at odds with the guidlines of buidling and safety/plancheck counter staff. I would like to see some sort of a check list and clearly stated guidlines when the jurisdictional boundaries are unclear such as when B&S/Fire codes require certain setbackas but historic requirs a different distance. A project of mine was held up six months. Sometimes the owner chooses to do the work without permits (sometimes the city is none the wiser) or the owner simply abandons the property and becomes an absentee landlord. But it's the owner occupied rental properties that we need to look at. These folks don't have the resources...I'm rambling. I hate L.A.

March 26, 2007 11:45 AM  

Blogger calwatch said:

Even better than segways... electric bikes and scooters.


March 26, 2007 10:28 PM  

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