Having consumed several bowls of water last night, I spent a long time on the old Dog Trainer this morning, every skimpy section, and was struck by one glaring fact: These guys we select to run the city don’t know what they’re talking about!
Consider these three headlines:
· Commercial operations to close at Palmdale Regional Airport
· L.A. port’s clean-truck program running on empty
· A mass transit dilemma: Ridership up, funds down
Even in dog years, I’m not that old, but it seems like only yesterday our public officials were touting all these programs. It almost makes you believe they’re fallible.
Opening Palmdale Airport to commercial traffic was going to help fix crowding at LAX and United Airlines even set up a small operation, but it soon became apparent travelers weren’t crazy about traveling all the way to Palmdale to travel to San Francisco. With security and everything, you could drive there faster.
And surprise! The money to fund the clean-truck program at the port isn’t there and the businessmen who thought they would get it to buy the clean trucks are left holding the bag.
Then there’s the infamous Subway to the Sea and other transit improvements our elected officials said were vital to keep us moving when they were campaigning for Measure R to raise our taxes yet again. Now the MTA is talking about cutting service and raising fares.
Keep all this in mind when many of these same officials tell you Measure B, their beloved Solar Initiative, will save the environment and cost you almost nothing.
Well, not all our officials. Last week, at a public hearing, DWP GM David Nahai, actually said he was waiting for a new report (the last one, well, sucked) to get the facts on Measure B – and he runs the department!
I guess Nahai didn’t read the oped piece in the Daily News by former DWP GM David Freeman, who, in addition to bragging about what a great job he did running the department before he was fired by Richard Riordan, claims that Measure B would damn near save the universe.
Confusing? Too confusing to vote for Measure B? You make up your mind. I’m just a dog, but I’m wondering if I can believe anything any of them say anymore.