the system, legislative candidates - including those for the U.S.Senate and Congress - all run on one slate and the top two votegetters face off in November regardless of party. The system was the brainchild of former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado,who says he is pleased so far with what he has seen. |
"You aren't seeing candidates talk so much about partisan issues,"Maldonado said. "They are talking about how well they have workedwith each other. That's a big change. Whether it lasts once theyget in office, we'll have to see." Maldonado is running as a Republican in the 24th CongressionalDistrict in Santa Barbara against Democratic Rep. Lois Capps.
*** There are some big changes coming to the MetropolitanTransportation Authority soon when it is Supervisor Michael D.Antonovich's chance to be president. He is taking over for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has used theposition as a way to leverage his friends in the Obamaadministration and Washington, D.C., to get federal money for thetransit system under his America Fast Forward program. Antonovich is expected to bring a more regional approach to theagency, emphasizing transit needs in the north San Fernando Valleyportion of his district as well as the San Gabriel Valley. Aides said his top priority is taking advantage of existing transitsystems, particularly the MetroLink system. "It's not glamorous stuff, but these are things that can be real,"said Michael Cano, transportation deputy to Antonovich.
"Metrolinkis a hidden jewel and can improve traffic tremendously." Villaraigosa aides said no decision has been made on what role themayor will play on an MTA board headed by Antonovich, although inpast years he has traveled frequently to Washington to lobby forfunds, and the Subway to the Sea project remains one of his toppriorities. One question is who will pay for the trips by the mayor. He willnot use city funds, aides said. Over the course of the past year, the mayor was able to get theU.S.
Conference of Mayors or the MTA to pay for his trips. *** It's the law of unintended consequences. The decision by the newowners of the Dodgers to lower their parking prices will have animpact on the city of Los Angeles. The city has a 10 percent parking tax and the reduction of parkingcosts from $15 to $10 for each car means the city will lose 50cents per car.
With the stadium having 16,000 parking spaces, that would mean theloss of $8,000 a night if all the spaces are filled. And, over thecourse of the season, the city would lose upwards of $650,000. Rick Orlov is a Daily News staff writer and columnist. His column,Tipoff, appears on Mondays.
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