OK, everyone, pop quiz on civics. Who are California’s two senators? I’ll give you a hint: they’re both female Democrats. Answer: Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. (Maxine Waters is a representative to Congress, so those who guessed her, you were close but in the wrong house)
I received a newsletter from Ms Boxer today, letting me know how bad the traffic is in L.A. In fact, it was specifically about the traffic here and the new study from the Texas Transportation Institute which determined that we suffer from the worst traffic in the nation (all together now: DUH!). Boxer goes on to write that “[t]he only surprising fact from this study is that the average resident spends only 72 extra hours stuck in rush-hour traffic.” If that means 72 hours per year added to what our commute time would be without traffic, then yes, I am surprised. Somewhere, someone is not being delayed by traffic in Los Angeles, and I want to know how they’re getting to work.
The rest of the newsletter is mostly lukewarm PR for Boxer’s stance on public transportation in L.A. It mentions the Gold and Expo Lines – but doesn’t mention that neither will really ease the traffic in the worst areas around Century City and Westwood. But Boxer does say that she pushed for $70 million in Senate funding for the Gold Line, which I didn’t know before. Good for her. And while I feel that the whole e-newsletter was mostly just to remind me that Barbara Boxer is my senator, and that she supports public transit, I kind of appreciate the attention to Los Angeles’ traffic plight by our federal senators, not just our state Senate.