By Joel Kotkin : dailyreeze – excerpt
In our system of government, the public sector is, well, supposed to serve the public. But increasingly the bureaucracies at the state and local level increasingly seek to tell the public how to live, even if the result is to make life worse.
This became glaringly obvious recently, when the CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Phil Washington, reeling from data showing a steady drop of transit riders, decided that the only solution was to make driving worse.
“It’s too easy to drive in this city,” said Washington. “We want to reach the riders that left and get to the new ones as well. And part of that has to do with actually making driving harder.”
Now let’s consider what that means. L.A. County is hardly a paradise now for commuters — 84 percent of whom drive to work — while the Orange County and Riverside-San Bernardino areas, where transit dependence is even less marked, are no great shakes, either. All suffer among the longest average commutes of anywhere in the nation…(more)
Kotin’s article ties in rather well with my theory that the authorities are beginning their heads agains the wall of public opposition in eager anticipation of breaking it down, instead of accepting defeat, and changing direction. We need new priorities and politics to solve the problems of today. We don’t need more worn out tired and failed torments and torturous manipulations from government bureaucrats. When the bus does not arrive it is rather hard to take it. The solution is to put more buses in service, not to remove parking spaces and raise the ticket price for public transit systems. the solution is not to make deals with corporations intent on controlling the streets. More money for Muni is not working when the money is misspent. It will be difficult for the net round of bonds to pass when the pro transit people are not wholly supportive of Proposition D.