Do-it-yourself parking bans in Malibu (L.A. Times)
Phony ‘no parking’ signs are rife along coastal roads in the state’s tony beach communities, reports the Times. The California Coastal Commission, whose mission in part is to protect public beach access, is none too pleased. Keeping a lid on illegal signs has proved to be difficult, however, because many look authentic and verifying them can take weeks — not exactly the most compelling use of state resources.
Metro board chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has put forward a plan to use the city’s Measure R local return funds to fix a quarter of the city’s streets. The plan would involve borrowing the entire sum up front — some $800 million — and paying it back as those revenues trickle in over the next 27 years. While some officials are expressing concern about dedicating so much funding up front, the mayor counters that this gives the city the most bang for its buck, given than construction and labor prices are still low because of the recession. The Times editorial board likes the idea of fixing potholes, but has qualms with having to pay $650 million in interest and tying the hands of future city administrations. Because in 30 years we’ll all have flying cars anyways, right?
A solid development for those who’d like to see more transportation alternatives in So Cal: Zipcar has opened a regional office in Hollywood and is committing to rolling out more of its shareable cars in the Southland. Zipcar has so far focused mainly on college campuses, but car sharing is a good fit for any walkable, transit-friendly neighborhood where owning a car isn’t a must, but having one handy is useful. The service requires a nominal annual membership fee plus an hourly fee of about $8 that pays for gas, insurance and roadside assistance. That may seem a little steep at first blush, but if having a Zipcar nearby means your family can ditch one of its cars, the overall savings can be huge.