Wednesday, June 23, 2004


"When his housing project at Marengo Avenue and Del Mar Boulevard was faced with the threat of the downtown construction moratorium, developer Marios Savvides became apoplectic. "They have not been able to prove any kind of emergency,' he fumed. "They are all running on some kind of paranoia. I think the emergency is not having affordable housing. But some schizophrenic paranoid people want to save 30 seconds on driving from their home to the grocery store.'

Savvides was later spared from the moratorium, along with all the other developers. But his point resonates: Is there a traffic crisis? Is this an emergency? Joyce Amerson, the city's transportation director, thinks not. "In some people's minds it is a crisis, and we're doing our best to manage it,' she said. "But do I think it's a crisis? No, I don't think so. I see it differently than they see it ... on 80 to 90 percent of our streets, traffic's fine.'

The environmental review of the new downtown zoning plan backs up Amerson's point: The vast majority of intersections run smoothly and are expected to keep running smoothly for the foreseeable future. However, there are a few intersections on main thoroughfares that do not and are expected to get worse over the next decade or more. Those are the ones where it takes two or three light cycles to make a left turn."

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Many people would like to be kind to others so Leftists exploit that with their nonsense about equality. Most people want a clean, green environment so Greenies exploit that by inventing all sorts of far-fetched threats to the environment. But for both, the real motive is to promote themselves as wiser and better than everyone else, truth regardless.

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