Council Members Wendy Greuel and Jan Perry want DASH bus services to run late downtown. With the growing population downtown and the attendant eateries, shopping and entertainment venues that are opening more short haul public transportation in the city center is a good idea. However the City doesn't have the money to provide the service. So rather than creating "public-private partnerships" which are breeding grounds for fraud, waste and abuse, why not change the law to allow private operators to operate jitney service Downtown. Market demand will create the service that is needed. And ultimately it could become a model for the rest of the City.
The transit tax may be in trouble. The Mayor and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky want the funds to be spent on Westside transit projects. The problem is that the tax has to be approved by 2/3 of voters countywide. Leaders from other parts of the County, led by County Supervisor Mike Antonovich want a piece of the pie. Folks in Lancaster aren't really interested in paying for the "Subway to the Sea" and residents in the San Gabriel Valley have transportation needs of their own. Might need to cross this one off the list.
Speaking of taxes, last week we gave you the list of taxes, fees and bonds politicians want you to vote for on the November ballot. Get ready to add another one. The County of Los Angeles has their own version of the City's Proposition S, taxing your cell phone calls and text messages.