We were not surprised that Supervisor Pete Schabarum (Letters, Jan. 27) took advantage of your editorial (Jan. 19), "Overhaul at RTD," to sing the praises of his favorite idea--privatization.
Supervisor Schabarum has never made any secret of the fact that the main reason he favors privatization is that it will eliminate the union contracts he detests so much. He prefers a reverse Robin Hood theory, whereby money is taken from the poor--or at least the working class--and given to the business entrepreneur. You might call it the "trickle-up" theory.
The supervisor points to the downtown Los Angeles shuttle service known as DASH as a prime sample of the privatization theory at work, citing " . . . a net savings of $400,000 over what it had previously cost the RTD to operate the same service."
What he doesn't point out is that despite the fact that the DASH service operators were paid so much less than their RTD counterparts, the actual savings to the city was not $400,000, but was only $38,270. These are the city's own figures, and you can be sure that the Department of Transportation did everything it could to make those figures look good.