Re: MTA ready to vote on $30 billion sales tax increase initiative today
- In our county, San Luis Obispo, we would go
nuts over a rail system. We have local city transits
that do not connect well to our county-wider system,
and a cute little shuttle from inland to the ocean.
We desperately need money and even our very conservative
traditionally anti-transit transit board is begging
people to beg California State Governor Schwarzenegger
to not raid transit funds to balance the California
So, we're small and need all the solidarity we can get.
Perhaps we will push for the same actions as MTA.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Richard Risemberg
> Bus Riders Union seems to be a cat's paw for a stridently anti-
> group. They employ patently false arguments such as claimingthat
> the rail system is "racist" though the Blue LIne run rightthrough
> South Central and Compton and has had a huge role in revitalizingthe
> latter city, the Red Line runs through several predominantlylatino
> areas, and the Gold Line, though it ends in Pasadena, passesthrough
> the Latina neighborhoods of highland Park and Lincoln Park, andits
> extension will serve East Los Angeles, a historically Mexicanits
> district. (And Pasadena itself has a notable black population in
> northern reaches.)they
> And even if the rail lines did serve largely white areas (which
> don't), ti's white folks driving their cars on freeways that cutof
> through minority neighborhoods that contribute to the high level
> pollution-related illnesses there; getting rich white folks, whoto
> drive proportionately more, out of their cars helps poor folks.
> Anything you hear from the LA Bus Riders Union is likely to be an
> outright lie. I have butted heads with these clowns before.
> After all, one of the best ways to diminish transit ridership is
> make it dependent on slow, uncomfortable busses.
> On Jul 25, 2008, at 12:43 PM, she4bikes wrote:
> > They voted on it but their Bus Riders Union opposed it,
> > citing competition with rail system (said it would
> > funnel too much money to the rail system.
> > Sad that this group is not united with the greater
> > cause of alternative transportation.
> Richard Risemberg
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