Today’s Headlines

  • Metro Defends the July 1 Fare Hikes (The Source)
  • LAPD Inconsistent in Acting on Beck’s Cycling Mandates (City Watch)
  • Scooped by Streetsblog, then the Daily News, Times Notices City Changing Sidewalk Repair Policy
  • Nice Article on James Rojas’ "Design-Based Learning" (Dr. Pop)
  • Downtown News Loves the 101 Cap Park Too
  • High Rises Coming Adjacent to Gold Line in Arcadia (Curbed)
  • Sylmar Community Fights Truck Driving Academy (Daily News)
  • South Bay Bicycle Coalition Off to Strong Start (Daily Breeze)
  • LADOT "Parking Enforcement" Still Using Their Cars for Personal Trips (Discarted)
  • Santa Monica Postpones Hike Decision for BBB (Daily Press)
  • Child Hit by SUV While Crossing the Street on the Eastside (CBS2)
  • Cul-de-Sacs Totally Fail to Deliver Purported Benefits (Infrastructurist)
  • Why Car Companies Feel OK Portraying Teen Drivers as Dangerous, But Not Seniors (538)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Reports are while NINE (Yeah, I am amazed that many showed up) Board members attended the Special Metro Board meeting on Saturday (interestingly among the 4 no shows were the alleged populists Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas) the turn out of riders was sparse. And yes Metro had take one brochures on the buses for at least a week before the event publicizing it.

    One wonders how serious to take the folks who posted on Facebook or e-mailed Metro’s blog denouncing the fare increase yet somehow didn’t bother to avail themselves to take advantage of this rare opportunity to directly address the folks who have the ability (if they wanted to) to delay or rescind the increase.

    http://thesource.metro.net/2010/05/10/reader-email-fare-increase-edition/

    The BRU had 30 or so members participate in a protest (filmed of course to augment their publcity to aid fundraising) in the Metro headquarters lobby yet only a handful attended the meeting and spoke. One organizer made comments claiming an FTA Circular about public participation could be the basais for a legal challenge, which sounds rather far-fetched. A rather sad dwindling of a group that circa 1996 did actually speak to real issues and did some good.

    Meanwhile I am glad to see Bill Boyarsky taking aim at what I call obscure entity syndrome. A few of us met Sheila Kuehl’s staffer on transportation back when the Expo Authority legislation that Keuhl authored was working its way through the system to explian why we thought itwas a bad idea, most of reasons similar to what Boyarsky outlines about accoyntability, multiple hats, etc. The staffer announced they had the voted to get the Auithority bill passed, as if they alone explained why they were pushing foward. She seem oput out we felt its actual impacrt should be the factor determining in whether it should be adopted. This is why I always say the dynamics in the legislature often have little relation to reality or truth.

    My one regret is Boyarsky exhibits lots of skepticism about officialdom but asks no questions about the motives etc. of the activists pushing putting the line in a tunnel. Maybe he can do a follow-up.

    http://www.laobserved.com/boyarsky/2010/05/when_my_wife_nancy_and.php

  • Regarding the child that was hit in Boyle Heights (a baby!):

    http://laeastside.com/2009/03/pedestrian-safety-in-boyle-heights/

    This is nothing new, and I’m getting tired of reading about (and seeing) things like this happen on the streets of North East and East LA.

  • “Metro Defends the July 1 Fare Hikes (The Source) ”

    Metro also hides the fact that theyre one of the only transit agencies to charge for every leg of a trip.

    Id like to see a graph with “bus+subway” trip in every city.

    Also, how did they select those cities? For example, why Portland, but not Boston (wich charges $1.70 for subway, $1.25 for bus, only $15 for a weekly pass and only $59 for a weekly subway/bus/ferry pass). How about another southern california city, like Fresno, which charges $1 for bus (and free for seniors)

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