Election update: The L.A. County Registrar is still counting votes but is nearing the finish line. Here is the latest update on Measure M, which continues to be well over the 66.6667 approval threshold:
Measure R in 2008 won with 67.9 percent approval. I’m not surprised that Measure M won but I am surprised that it is winning by so much given that it is a sales tax increase. Thoughts anyone? It’s also worth mentioning that there are allegations — thus far unfounded, according to the NYT — of voter fraud in California.
Department of Sportsing: The Rams still have a one percent chance of making the playoffs, so says the NYT’s playoff simulator. There are also still three games left to Go Metro to the Rams — the Falcons, ‘Niners and Cardinals.
Department of Cough-Cough:
These pics were taken by yours truly on the Westridge Trail on Friday — bad smog in both directions. Yes, air quality overall has improved substantially in our region in recent years. But as we see too often, it still has a long ways to go.
How to clean it up? Well, cleaner cars would certainly help as would everyone driving a little less (transit can help with this). As would cleaner ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Of course, it’s hard to control the weather — and more hotter days, courtesy of climate change, certainly would not help.
I do think a lot of people shrug when it comes to the smog issue. There are certainly a lot of days the air appears pretty clean. But there are a lot of days it doesn’t. I know as I get older I have a harder time recovering from colds and coughs and sometimes I wonder if the poor air quality here has anything to do with it. Maybe, maybe not.
The trail, btw, is a fire road from the end of Westridge Road which gently to moderately climbs for about three miles to an old Nike missile site overlooking the San Fernando Valley.
Bus service in Los Angeles County is provided by Metro — which has the largest fleet — and more than a couple dozen municipal providers such as Foothill Transit, Big Blue Bus and Long Beach Transit, to name just three. I don’t think it’s a ‘surprise,’ but as the Trib reports, almost 20 percent of M revenues will go to Metro bus and muni bus service.
Of muni bus officials interviewed, Long Beach Transit and Big Blue Bus said they will likely increase service frequencies on some routes. Norwalk Transit officials said they may be able to restore some services cut due to recent budget concerns. Another big provider — Foothill Transit — said that ridership has been flat and they’ll take a wait-and-see approach toward spending the M money.
Which raises an important question: in the coming decades, what’s the best way for Metro and the munis to work together to create a bus system that attracts more riders? I don’t think anyone believes the current system is working at maximum efficiency and there is obviously some overlap between bus systems, many with different fare systems. So that’s a big challenge, me thinks.
This editorial concerns the policing contract that the Metro Board of Directors is scheduled to vote upon Thursday. Under the current contract, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department polices the Metro system; the new contract would split that work between the LASD, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Long Beach Police Department.
The editorial notes correctly that security is a huge concern for Metro riders. However, the editorial punts when it comes to taking a stance on the contract, only saying that Metro owes it to the public to provide the safest system possible.
Here’s our recent post on the policing contract, including some key stats.
Hackers are holding SFMTA’s system for ransom (The Verge)
Hackers were able to access electronic signs — including those on ticket machines — and other internal computer systems. The S.F. MTA wrote in a news release that no transit operations were impacted, nor did the attackers gain access to any customer information. An investigation continues.
Shows what I know: I thought the problem involved being able to see what people were doing inside the gondola cars! Nope, it involves the gondola in the city of Brest passing too closely to windows of peoples’ homes.
The solution: the windows of the gondola suddenly mist up whenever they get too close to said windows. Interesting.
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