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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Saga Continues

Despite repeated assurances to the contrary, the Adelphia tech did not show up yesterday to Mayor Sam's base of operations, so alas, we are still not wired. We're also missing our nightly reruns of "Good Times" on TVLand.

We'll try again. I'm beginning to wonder if its a conspiracy.

With no internet nor television, I amused myself by watching a DVD of "Star Trek: First Contact" and did something I have never done in DVD viewing - watched the movie with the director's commentary. Director Jonathan Frakes provided wry and elluminating insights into the making of what is probably one of the better Star Trek movies, featuring a fun performance by extreme liberal wacko actor, James Cromwell.

Here's an open thread for today - assuming Mayor Villaraigosa can't cobble the funding together for his Wilshire Blvd. "Subway to the Sea," what alternatives do you suggest?

Blog away, dum dums.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

"assuming Mayor Villaraigosa can't cobble the funding together for his Wilshire Blvd. "Subway to the Sea," what alternatives do you suggest"

Uh, don't you remember the Times article adding up the cost of all his promises during the campaign. It never was going to happen, so what's the big deal.

March 21, 2006 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's some news. Marco Firebaugh died last night. Apparently of AIDS. 38 years old. RIP.

March 21, 2006 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Marco Firebaugh?

March 21, 2006 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not sure about that. He is supposed to speak at SDSU tomorrow.


March 21, 2006 9:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Marco Firebaugh represented AD 50 for three terms, and was favored to win the corresponding State Senate seat this year.


March 21, 2006 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wasn;t there a shakeup at VICA?

March 21, 2006 10:30 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

I already suggested my alternative: make a network of streets "bus only," and, for a fraction of what he wants to spend on that one extension, buy a fleet of busses to traverse those streets. By eliminating the car traffic from the streets, you'd let the busses travel much faster than cars, which is the only way you'll get people to use mass transit in mass numbers.

March 21, 2006 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter, get your head out of your ass. Tell that to the local mom and pop businesses along these proposed Bus Only streets to eliminate the car traffic on them and hear them bitch about losing business because of lack of access via Private Auto

March 21, 2006 12:04 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Anon at 12:04:
Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?! Very nice.

I don't think you're ready to play with the grown-ups yet. Come back when you can play nice.

March 21, 2006 1:08 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

P.S. Another alternative might be to dedicate a lane or two on those roads, rather than the whole thing. Tomorrow I'm meeting with the Bus Riders' Union to learn about their ideas to get this town moving.

March 21, 2006 1:09 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Hey, I've got no axe to grind. I'm trying to come up with solutions that work for everyone. The gridlock isn't "getting it." Subways are far too expensive. If we can get busses to move quickly through this town, I think a significant number of commuters would just as soon ride a bus for 30 minutes as sit in a car for 90.

And yes, the point about car access businesses was legitimate, which is why I mentioned the possibility of lanes rather than dedicating whole streets.

As for the Bus Riders' Union being Communists, that may well be, but just because you disagree with a person about one issue doesn't necessarily make him wrong about another. Admittedly, it doesn't help, but I try to keep an open mind and decide issues based on logic and evidence. And bribes. Logic, evidence and bribes.

March 21, 2006 2:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Read the B.S. that Southwest Voter Registration is sending out to help poor Antonio. If this isn't propaganda I don't know what is. Is it their job to put this crap out??? Antonio should have thought about this before opening his big mouth.

...The collapse of a public works bond proposal in Sacramento this week could deliver a serious blow to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plans for building affordable housing, expanding parks and extending a subway...Without the state dollars, the city would probably struggle to meet the agenda Villaraigosa set out during his first months in office.

March 21, 2006 3:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where's the Mayor when this shit is happening? He should focus on the racial tensions in the schools before these kids start killing eachother on campus.

Fights Prompt Lockdown At Fremont High School. Over 100 kids were fighting but the media will downplay as usual.

March 21, 2006 4:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What major city street, either north south or east west has no private driveways dumping on to it. With this built up city you'll find a single access on every block. So dedicating the entire street to bus traffic would be a thousand times worse than the Orange Line, which was built on a old right of way correct? So mixing cars with buses is the only option, unless you go to elevated or below grade, which brings you back to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$..

March 21, 2006 6:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope Mayor V gets that subway going. but first we all need to put Yaroslavsky to pasture. He wants all the transportation money to to to extending the gold line to Montclair. WTF? why do we have to pay for the 909's? I dont care how they get to work.. I care about LA county peeps getting to work. More power to Mayor V.--PicoGrl

March 22, 2006 9:56 PM  

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