$14 MILLION IN YOUR L.A. HARBOR MONEY TO AMUSE CRUISE SHIP TOURISTS: IS IT A TRAFFIC STOPPER OR A TRAFFIC HAZARD?
With 100-foot high plumes of recycled water, the new one-acre, $14 million fountain at L.A.’s Harbor has San Pedro residents questioning the city’s sanity. Officials, of course, think they’ve got a hit with cruise ship tourists who will love the opera music that accompanies the watery display at the main entrance to the terminals near the Viincent Thomas Bridge where traffic has come to a halt.
MONEY GOES DOWN THE DRAIN AND POOR KIDS HAVE NO PLACE TO SWIM – THAT’S WHY WE NEED A GANG TAX
Two years ago, it took an audit of the Department of Recreation and Parks to show half the city’s 54 swimming pools had serious infrastructure problems and six were closed altogether. Fortunately, the audit also “discovered” $21 million in loose cash in the department’s books which helped make some repair. Some of that money went to replace pipes at the Reseda poolwhich was damaged in the 1994 earthquake and closed in 2001. “But when workers filled the pool last week, some
250,000 gallons of water leaked out of an old steel pipe that was not
part of the repair program,” the Daily News reports. So the repair money went down the drain because the fixed the wrong pipes and now Councilman Dennis Zine wants to use the proposed gang tax to build a new pool.
BAD NEWS: FREEWAY FIX WILL MAKE STREET TRAFFIC WORSE;
GOOD NEWS: THERE’S NO MONEY TO DO THE WORK
Proving the news media matters, the state has spent hundreds of millions of dollars fixing the wretched 101-405 interchange and now has agreed with environmentalists on a plan for a new bridge from the 405 south to the 101 west that protects a corner of the wildlife refuge. The problem is traffic from Burbank Boulevard will be pushed onto local streets and residents are upset. On the upside, it’s all talk since the state is bankrupt and has to raid transportation bond and tax money to pay salaries.
Steve Lopez says Locke High School in Watts is off to a promising start under Green Dot charter school management.
The Wall Street Journal has joined the pack with straight-faced coverage of Councilwoman Jan Perry’s proposed one-year ban on new fast food restaurants while the whole council moves ahead on banning plastic bags at supermarkets. Mayor Sam draws a connection with the city’s failure to deal with illegal immigrants who commit murder and other crimes.