Today’s Headlines

  • Most L.A. City Workers Live Outside L.A. City (LAT)
  • Cities and Culture Podcast features Damien Newton, and Daughter
  • Garcetti Backs State Cap and Trade Funds Used for Transit, Active Transportation (LAT)
  • Times Salivating at the Thought of More CAHSR Lawsuits (LAT)
  • Koretz Letter to NIMBY’s Announces End of Westwood Bike Lane Study (Biking in L.A.)
  • Video: Who Wins L.A. River Kayak Race: CM Martinez vs. CM O’Farrell? (Curbed)
  • Private-Looking Public Malibu Beach Access: There’s An App For That (LAT)
  • The Other Bergamot Project: City Plans to Upgrade Arts Complex (Santa Monica Next)
  • Pacoima Wash Is “Getting a Makeover” (LAT)
  • Mother, Daughter Hit and Hospitalized by Driver in NoHo (Register)

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  • davistrain

    The “Most LA City Workers Live Outside LA City” situation is not limited to LA. I think this is true of many cities. I’ve read about neighborhoods in New Jersey that are full of NY City cops and firefighters. San Francisco probably has a fairly low percentage of “rank & file workers” actually living in The City. Chicago is probably the same.

  • Joe Linton

    Actually, NYC city staff are, by law, required to live within the city boundary (though I suspect that they live in peripheral suburban areas within city boundaries.) Same is true for Philadelphia.

    I agree with you that it’s probably true for many cities – city staff make a good wage and end up choosing to live fairly far away from the city in which they work. There are a bunch of things that contribute to this: 1) free parking, and 2) commute tax incentives that favor driving are two things that might be addressed fairly straightforwardly.

  • andrelot

    I don’t see any problem with people working in one place within a metro area and living elsewhere. That is absolutely normal. Public employees shouldn’t be restricted doing the same.

  • calwatch

    I agree. However, at a management level, there is a benefit in eating your own cooking, which is lessened when Charlie Beck comes in from Walnut, David Nahai comes in from Santa Clarita, or whatever.

  • Joe Linton

    It’s not a top priority issue for me, but I suspect that it makes city staff’s commuting somewhat less green. When staff live a ways out, their default commute option becomes driving. When they drive all the time, they lose touch with other ways that Angelenos get around. This leads to accepting/perpetuating a car-centric mindset in designs/programs/etc. that they’re charged with.

  • andrelot

    I think technical knowledge is far more relevant than personal experiences, if we are to talk about technical staff in charge of transportation programs.

  • Alex Brideau III

    Well, I think that’s the problem. Technical know-how will take you far but is no substitute for first-hand experience. The latter is more valuable than many give it credit for.

  • Alex Brideau III

    Agreed. I must admit I take some pride in being a City of LA worker actually living in Downtown. I wish more of my coworkers would prioritize living close to their work or at least living in transit-friendly areas.