Nothing – absolutely nothing! – pisses people off
more in LA than traffic.
It’s our collective hate.
Traffic makes us late for work. It prevents us to picking up our kids from
school on time. It boosts our heart rate,
takes years off our lives and often locks us behind a steering wheel when we
have to pee.
We hate it so much that we passed Measure R to boost
transit spending even though we clearly don’t trust Antonio and our other
leaders to spend it on the right projects.
(Bill “I Love NY” Bratton fronted the campaign and it squeaked by. Then he took off for a city where you can
take a train to a Yankees game.)
Because we loathe traffic, we understand when we’re
delayed by improvements – like the project at Sunset Boulevard and the San
Diego Freeway. Those guys are working
hard to replace that incredibly busy overpass in the middle of the night to reduce
the chance of grid locking all of Southern California and most of Tijuana.
What we don’t appreciate is when two government agencies
don’t talk and their lack of coordination makes a situation worse.
Guess what agency is doing work in the same area and
making matters worse? Yep! It’s the DWP!
Buried in a Dog Trainer story this morning by
Westside correspondent Martha Groves about the work at the Sunset and 405 is
the following paragraph:
“Complicating matters, Church Lane, which runs
parallel to the freeway just to the west, has been closed to all but local
traffic because of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power project.”
I’m not sure what interim DWP GM and Master City Hall
Multi-tasker Austin Beutner is doing today, but Groves might want to track him
down and ask why the DWP needed to rip up Church Lane at the same time Caltrans
was ripping up Sunset Boulevard?
Or better yet, find the guy who is supposed to be
running LA. It shouldn’t be hard. As Ronnie pointed out this morning, Antonio’s
at a news conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of Metro Rail
- the trains that don’t come near the intersection of Church Lane and the 405 -
or Dodger Stadium, for that matter.