April 26, 2008 |
The late Michael Harrington, who examined the roots of American inequality more closely than anyone before or since, loved nothing better than to end the day with a few beers and a good argument. On one such occasion, he raised his glass, looked at the reporter across the table and said, "The great thing about beer is that it's one of the few good things in life that the rich do not begrudge the poor."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2005
Re "A Park With a Powerful Spell," July 17 I remember an interview with Walt Disney (circa 1962) in which he talked about his pride in the monorail and his hopes that the system would be eventually expanded to his original intent, which was to cover Orange County and L.A. with a net of overhead rails. The expansion would allow Disneyland to expand into the areas reserved for parking, with the public parking at the outlying stations and riding to the park (and to the beaches, work, church, airports, etc.)
February 22, 2004
More nonsense. Put big money into road repair (Feb. 19). Open diamond lanes to hybrid vehicles (Commentary, Feb. 19). Why does Southern California have the most congested and poorest freeways and roads? Not because the roads are not kept up! Not because diamond lanes are not open to single-driver hybrid vehicles. I've never seen diamond lanes that are not fully congested when the main road is also fully congested. The answer is a no-brainer. Mass transit? Sure, but that would cost hundreds of billions of dollars for quality light rail and subways.
February 19, 2004 |
California's "diamond lanes" -- designed in the early 1970s to encourage carpooling, reduce traffic congestion and cut air pollution -- have, by most measures, been a great success. Today, there are 1,112 miles of diamond lanes in California, and in Los Angeles alone they're used by about 700,000 people each day. But rather than rest on that success, it's time to take the next step against pollution by opening diamond lanes to single- occupant gas-electric hybrids.
November 8, 2000 |
I don't know how I missed them, the Kiss 'N' Ride signs at various rail stations in the L.A. area. Being quite interested in the subject, and the possibility, of kisses, I asked around and was told these were signs posted at short-term parking where one might drop off one's spouse or very good friend, sending them to work with a kiss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000
Gov. Gray Davis has signed legislation that will once again require a minimum of three people in vehicles using the El Monte Busway diamond lane during peak commuting hours. Davis signed the law on Monday. Transit officials on Wednesday were hoping to have the new minimum requirements in place by the end of the month and to see an end to delays that have plagued the San Bernardino Freeway busway since the beginning of the year.