Environmentalists and harried motorists are doubtless rejoicing in Orange County Supervisor Harriett Wieder's call for "a pollution-free people-mover system that floats passenger cars along a magnetic field along elevated tracks" (April 24).
But it's doubtful that she'll get huzzahs from her conservative camp. For its historical agenda has been "down with environmental quality--let the money flow in. Forget wildlife habitat, and what polluted air? And up with housing development."
A star in that camp's crown has been its development darling the San Joaquin Freeway, paraded as a traffic unclogger to cloak its real purpose: access to projected developments. You see, if you get a real people-mover, the cloak becomes transparent.
But whether the camp likes it or not, it may have to grin and bear it, though the camp has routinely fought mass transit. Wieder's idea, I think, will catch fire. It should.