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EDITORIAL : FREE RIDE; TOO BAD TAXPAYERS DON'T GET THE SAME BENEFITS AS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.

HOW'S this for efficiency: Giving thousands of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  city and county employees subsidies for driving to work alone?

Or this: Creating a system designed to worsen freeway congestion The condition of a network when there is not enough bandwidth to support the current traffic load.

congestion - When the offered load of a data communication path exceeds the capacity.
, create major traffic jams downtown, hinder business and contribute to air pollution?

Life in L.A. would be so much more wonderful for everyone if we all were public employees.

That way, we all could enjoy the perks perk 1  
v. perked, perk·ing, perks

v.intr.
1. To stick up or jut out: dogs' ears that perk.

2. To carry oneself in a lively and jaunty manner.
, like the $70 monthly transportation subsidy graciously bestowed on all 6,200 downtown Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The sprawling, multi-centered megacity is such that its downtown core is often considered just another district like Hollywood or  County employees.

The subsidy supposedly was created to encourage car pooling and reduce smog in the downtown area.

But it is paid regardless of how the 6,200 county employees get to work.

The city went one better. City rules for subsidizing its 4,000 downtown workers actually encourage driving to work alone since users of van pools and mass transit mass transit, public transportation systems designed to move large numbers of passengers. Types and Advantages


Mass transit refers to municipal or regional public shared transportation, such as buses, streetcars, and ferries, open to all on a
 get a lower subsidy.

In the private sector, the rules are stricter. Private companies only reward employees who car pool or take mass transit, and private companies must comply with air quality standards.

But the rules obviously aren't the same for working stiffs Working Stiffs can refer to:
  • working stiff is an American slang term for a member of the working class
  • Working Stiffs (TV series), a 1979 television series starring Jim Belushi and Michael Keaton
  • Working Stiffs
 who are thrilled just to have a job and for city unions who believe a job is just the beginning of a free ride.

Taxpayers are socked with paying for that free ride and the costly ride-sharing programs that aren't working.

And if that's not enough, city and county services that should be easily accessible and conveniently located out in the neighborhoods are concentrated in downtown, forcing regular citizens to pay even more money out of pocket to get downtown to get to those services and employees.

And once you're there, you will be slugged in the wallet for a parking space - if you can find one that isn't reserved for government workers.

Los Angeles residents are paying dearly for city and county workers to drive as far away from them as possible and be less responsive to their needs.

It's time It's Time was a successful political campaign run by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under Gough Whitlam at the 1972 election in Australia. Campaigning on the perceived need for change after 23 years of conservative (Liberal Party of Australia) government, Labor put forward a  our local government officials come clean. The City Council and the county Supervisors should tell taxpayers what it's really costing them in dollars and lost services to provide perks to public employees.

We think it's time to clear the air.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
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Date:Feb 24, 1998
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