Dept. of Dodger Stadium Express: the Dodgers have a winning percentage of .696 after sweeping the Twins earlier this week. Now one of the losingest teams in baseball — the Giants — are coming to town. Meaning the Dodgers could be entering the last third of the regular season with a rare-for-baseball .700 winning percentage.
At that rate, they should need no more than three games to win the Division Series and no more than six games to win the best-of-seven NLCS and World Series. Meaning the Dodgers are a mortal lock for a very happy ending to their season. They are so good, in fact, that it is probably impossible to even jinx them with such optimistic talk!
Going to the ballgame? Avoid traffic by taking the Dodger Stadium Express. Bold prediction: if the Dodgers advance to the WS, btw, they’ll play the Royals who will benefit from the Colt .45s (Astros to Younger Readers) misfiring in the playoffs.
A city of Los Angeles road diet to improve safety in Playa del Rey has been hugely controversial because of traffic back-ups and delays. Earlier this week, the city rescinded the lane reductions, acknowledging they were a tough sell given Westside traffic.
The LAT story looks at the broader issue, as road diets are one strategy the city can use in its effort to eliminate traffic deaths as part of its Vision Zero program. Already, L.A. Council Member Gil Cedillo has drafted a motion that won’t let any lane reductions go forward without his approval.
Here’s the thing, folks. Road diets do actually work in terms of slowing cars down. Perhaps the one in Playa del Rey didn’t work, but I think the intent — to save lives — was sound.
So here is my question for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists: if road diets are undesirable because of their traffic impacts, how about greater traffic enforcement?
After all, one way to slow down motorists is to threaten them with a big fat expensive hassle: a citation from your local police department.
But here’s the thing: no disrespect to the police, who have an enormously tough job and have other duties besides enforcing traffic laws. That said, my sense is that traffic enforcement across much of our region remains pretty lax. I don’t see a lot of people getting pulled over and getting tickets anywhere I go and especially in the city where I live (Pasadena).
I think if more motorists actually feared getting a ticket, there would be a lot more motorists across the region who would put down their cell phones while driving, actually stop outside of crosswalks and not speed through red lights (to name just a few common traffic crimes).
Joe Linton does a nice job summing up a wide-ranging conversation about electric buses at yesterday’s Board meeting. This graph, in particular, captures some of the complexities:
There was a surprising amount of testimony against endorsing Metro’s transition to electric, mostly from CNG interests who cited their “near-zero” technology as “better than zero” and questioned the greenness of how L.A. electricity is generated. Numerous others testified in favor of electrification, including a representative of the Union of Concerned Scientists whose recent report shows that electrification has significant environmental benefits “even on today’s grid.”
I’m not a scientist and no disrespect to CNG buses, which are much better than the stinky diesel buses of Days Gone By. But I’m pretty sure that zero is less than any number more than zero.
Check out the cool animations about the not-so-hot news. Climate change got you down? Generally speaking, taking transit instead of driving alone is a way to lower your greenhouse gas emissions.
Thinking back a long way to my Days of Yore, I don’t recall too many cray-cray hot days during my 1970s youth in lovely southwestern Ohio. Then again, we went to the pool everyday and I may have been too wet, dumb or young to notice.
California/Western U.S. Stuff Seen on Twitter That is Sort of Related to Transpo:
— Yonah Freemark (@yfreemark) July 5, 2017
— Militant Angeleno (@militantangleno) July 26, 2017
— Yosemite Conservancy (@YoseConservancy) July 28, 2017
— High Country News (@highcountrynews) July 28, 2017
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