Index
Sunday
Sep212014

L.A. CITY HALL: Ride-sharing services, taxi regulations, commentary (Opinion L.A. -- Jon Healey): "Garcetti's response to Uber: Smarter rules for cabs, not necessarily equal ones" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (city of Los Angeles, ride-sharing services, taxi regulations)....

* Los Angeles Times (Opinion L.A. -- Jon Healey):  "Garcetti's response to Uber: Smarter rules for cabs, not necessarily equal ones" - From the LAT:

As much as taxi companies hate the likes of Uber and Lyft, the upstarts may lead Los Angeles officials to provide cabbies some unexpected relief.

The Times' Laura Nelson reported Friday that Mayor Eric Garcetti urged the city's Board of Taxi Commissioners to take another look at the city's 64 pages (!!!) of rules imposed on cab companies and their drivers. The board agreed, increasing the likelihood that some outdated and unnecessary burdens may be lifted.

According to Garcetti's office, Los Angeles is the first to try to modernize its rules for taxis in response to the disruption caused by the smartphone-based ride-summoning services, rather than simply treating the latter as if they were cab companies. But while the review is overdue, it's important that the board not misinterpret what Garcetti has invited it to do.

The mayor called on the board to "take all steps necessary to ensure equal competition." That suggests the city should regulate taxis based on how the state regulates their new competitors. That's not Garcetti's intent, and even if it were, it's the wrong frame of reference.............................

Saturday
Sep202014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco Fire Department, "ambulance crisis," shortage, working vehicles and medical personnel: "Delays compound S.F.'s ambulance crisis" .... 

***Following up on earlier item noted here (San Francisco Fire Department, ambulance shortage, use of private ambulance services to cover city emergencies)....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Delays compound S.F.'s ambulance crisis" - From the Chronicle:

A patient at a skilled nursing center facing a life-threatening emergency waited more than more than 33 minutes for an ambulance to take them to a San Francisco hospital. Residents at an Excelsior District home called 911 at 2:25 a.m., but an ambulance didn't arrive until 3 a.m. And in the Sunnyside neighborhood, a family had to wait almost 28 minutes for an ambulance.

Those are just three examples of the San Francisco Fire Department taking more than the city's standard of 10 minutes to get an ambulance to a life-threatening emergency medical call, a problem city officials acknowledge has gotten worse over the past year. A Chronicle analysis of a year's worth of data shows, however, that delays are not spread around the city equally: Neighborhoods on the city's southern rim were the most likely to suffer.

The analysis comes as city leaders are pledging to tackle San Francisco's ambulance crisis - created by a shortage of both working vehicles and medical personnel - and one supervisor is calling for changing law to ensure minimum staffing and equipment levels.............................

Saturday
Sep202014

L.A. CITY HALL: Mayor Eric Garcetti, trade mission to Asia in November: "Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti leading trade delegation to Asia" .... 

* Daily News:  "Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti leading trade delegation to Asia" - From the DN:

Mayor Eric Garcetti will make his sescond major foreign trip in November as he leads a delegation of business leaders on a trip through Asia. . . . . . . .

The mayor's office confirmed planning is in the works, with the trip designed to promote trade, tourism and travel between Los Angeles and China, South Korea and Japan. Garcetti went on a similar excursion to Mexico City last March.

The Asia trip is scheduled to run Nov. 15-26. Garcetti is expected to visit all three countries.................

Saturday
Sep202014

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION (Los Angeles): Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, "Zev Yaroslavsky Station," "Gloria Molina Station," commentary (Opinion L.A. -- Kerry Cavanaugh): "North Hollywood/Zev Yaroslavsky station? Stop the political madness" ....

* Los Angeles Times (Opinion L.A. -- Kerry Cavanaugh):  "North Hollywood/Zev Yaroslavsky station? Stop the political madness" - From the LAT:

A Metro committee on Thursday backed a plan to rename two rail stations after termed-out Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina. If approved by the full Metro board -- which still includes the two supervisors -- on Oct. 2, the Red Line terminus would be called the North Hollywood/Zev Yaroslavsky station and the Gold Line would get the East Los Angeles Civic Center/Gloria Molina station.

Seriously? Not only are these long, unwieldy station names that will mean absolutely nothing to the vast majority of transit riders, but the decision to rename the stations smacks of self-congratulatory back-slapping among politicians. Yaroslavsky and Molina should say, "Thanks, but no thanks."

No wonder Metro's political leaders keep talking about the need for another half-cent sales tax for transportation. The agency will have to build a lot more rail lines if every board member is going to get their own station name.

The authors of the renaming motions say the two supervisors have each served on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board for two decades, have been strong advocates for public transportation and helped steer the agency through the development of several new transit lines. But that was their job. That's what the public elected them and paid them to do. Does that justify naming a station after them? If so, we can soon look forward to......................

Saturday
Sep202014

L.A. CITY HALL: Report/analysis, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks: "L.A. Councilman Bernard Parks finds himself in political wilderness" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. Councilman Bernard Parks finds himself in political wilderness" - From the LAT:

For much of the past decade, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks has been a force at City Hall. He helped topple a mayor, played a key role in steering the city through the Great Recession and served as a counterweight to the political pull of organized labor. But this spring, the 70-year-old former LAPD chief found himself struggling just to keep control of a signature project: a Fourth of July fireworks show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

In a string of barbed statements, Parks accused fellow Councilman Curren Price and others of conspiring to cut him out of the yearly celebration, portraying it as the latest sign of disrespect from his political enemies. "My backstabbers," he declared in one opinion piece, "have become more brazen."

The episode underscored how isolated the South Los Angeles lawmaker, once seen as politically untouchable, has become at City Hall............................