Brucker meets with Villaraigosa for MTA talk (Beverly Hills Patch)
The mayors of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles met briefly Thursday to discuss the location of the Century City subway station on the Westside Subway Extension, according to the Beverly Hills Mayor Barry Brucker. Many in Beverly Hills, Brucker, prefer a Century City station on Santa Monica Boulevard that would not require the route to go under Beverly Hills High School. Mayor Villaraigosa told LA Streetsblog on Wednesday that he wants to wait until Metro releases its final environmental report before he decides which one he prefers. According to Patch, Mayor Brucker is attempting to sweeten the pot for a Santa Monica Blvd. station by offering to sites in Beverly Hills for Metro to build a park-and-ride lot for the Century City stop.
Lost in the flurry of #bikesvsplane tweets during Carmageddon was this one by the skateboard company Santa Monica Airlines: “SANTA MONICA AIRLINES will give $100 for every MINUTE the bikes beat the plane by!!..DO THIS THING!” Well, as you may recall, the bikes drubbed the plane and finished well over an hour ahead of Jet Blue’s greenhouse gas spewing special flight. But the company’s owner, Anthony Converse, kept his promise and sold one of his cars to produce the seven grand, which he donated to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.
Why are our bridges made in China? (The Atlantic)
In this editorial, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (former lieutenant’s governor of Maryland) makes an impassioned plea for a renewed national commitment to infrastructure investment. The status quo isn’t cutting it, according to Kennedy: America’s infrastructure quality has fallen to 23rd place in the world, our outstanding repairs budget is $2 trillion and we spend 20 percent less than we did 40 years ago. A good step in the right direction? Create an infrastructure bank to help finance projects based on merit and put unemployed construction workers back to work.