Wednesday, June 25, 2008

It's us against the commies - or shall we work with them?

Claremont Insider linked an LA Times editorial. Unbeknownst to your uninformed blogger, the Gold Line extension decision won't just be decided on its own merits.

Who deserves a light-rail line more, the people of Azusa or the people of Santa Monica? Which line makes more sense, one that would serve the future needs of fast-growing communities to the east, or the current needs of the traffic-choked Westside?

So we're up against Soviet - I mean Santa Monica. But the Times has a solution:

L.A. doesn't need one or the other of these projects, it needs both. There is ample room for a compromise, because a measure expected to appear on the November ballot would ask county voters to approve a half-cent sales tax increase to fund public transit. If the measure passes, there will be enough money to build both light-rail lines. The long-range plan should be redrawn with this in mind; meanwhile, local officials should be working harder to secure federal funds for both projects.

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