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  • Issue: $1.1 Billion and Five Years Later, the 405 Congestion Relief Project Is a Fail

    Adam Gropman-LA Weekly

    Date: Mar 6, 2015 

    This past May the project known as the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project came to official completion, with resulting new on-ramps and off-ramps, bridges and a northbound 405 carpool lane stretching 10 miles between the 10 and 101 Freeways. 

    The four-turned–five-year, $1.1 billion project became a long-running nightmare of sudden ramp closures, poorly advertised by Metro and made all the worse by baffling detours that led drivers into the unfamiliar Bel Air Hills and Sherman Oaks hills, dead ends and unlit canyons. 

    As Metro's closures and delays reached their height in 2013, LA Weekly encountered stranded motorists merely by following Metro's official detours — which in many cases were roads to nowhere. And it isn't over in the Valley or on the Westside. Sudden ramp and lane closures are still hitting motorists at Getty Center, Valley Vista, Skirball Center and elsewhere as work on the officially completed project grinds on.

 



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Bought the Farm

 

This term was used during World War 2 whenever a Allied Pilot would have to make a crash landing into a European farm/house. WW2 pilots who did this were actually charged for the damages they caused and actually in a sense: 
"bought the farm"

 


 

Our Own Antonio Reaches for the Big Time

POLITICS - Our very own mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, is being named the Chairman of the Democratic Convention.

This is a recognition of his high visibility as a young, dynamic, Hispanic leader in the Democratic Party. Or is it? Maybe it is the utter failure of the Obama Whitehouse to see him as we see him.
Yes, to be sure he has energy. He is indeed dynamic and visible and, yes, Hispanic. But as for what Bush Senior called "the vision thing," not so much. And as for the accomplishment thing? Again he falls short. He falls short of the ideal and even of adequacy.

He came to our mayorship in a blaze of glory. Would he be a skyrocket continuing to soar or a shooting star burning up in a rapid plunge? He fell. He fell to the temptation of nearly every LA mayor.

He started thinking too far ahead and forgot the job of actually governing. (Mr. Trutanich, are you paying attention?) Every LA Mayor starts thinking: "I could be governor." Then, thinking another move ahead, "Wow! I could be president!" Many a fair-haired boy has foundered on these rocky shoals of hubris and ambition--the Scylla and Charybdis of politic.

Add to this the Hollywood factor and all the tinsel and starlight. Thinking he was either JFK or Clinton, he took up with two TV news people (Female). This did diminish his family-values value since he was married at the time. But more than either a moral issue or even judgment, was the symbolism, the indication that he had gone Hollywood.

I wish him well with the next step of his career, but I do fear for the Democratic Party and the failure of the Whitehouse to dig deep enough beneath his veneer and find out what his own constituents think of him.

(Jonathan Dobrer is an op-ed contributor to the Daily News and Friendly Fire and is a syndicated columnist. This column was posted first at Friendly Fire. More on Jonathan and his books at www.Dobrer.com)
-cw

Tags: Mayor Villaraigosa, Democratic Party, Whitehouse, Obama, Carmen Trutanich




CityWatch
Vol 10 Issue 14
Pub: Feb 17, 2012

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