Quick: The city is going bankrupt; workers, citywide are going to have to be fired; services cut; library and park hours cut; fees being raised; new taxes created...
YOU HAVE $250 MILLION TO SPEND: How would you spend it?
a) Even though LAUSD and L.A. City are run separately, you give the money to the schools because the city cannot be a success if the schools are not.
b) Leave the $250 million for your "pet project" in the general fund, and put the "non-essential" pet project plans on hold during this economic "armageddon" (as it was described by one L.A. City CM.)
c) Spend $250 million (starting point, cause it always ends up costing more than projected) on digging up a street (Broadway, downtown) and install a trolley for the scores and scores of people who will suddenly be driving downtown to take the trolley down the street and drop them off in front of a theater for a live play or movie.
d) Give the money to some good non-profits providing emergency services to those most in need who are also plauging Downtown streets.
ANSWER (if you are a dumb and/or shady Councilmember):
c) Dig up the street and build a trolley. But, I think the money will only be approved if the trolleys include a big picture of the grinning CM on both side panels.
I thought Reyes was the dumbest councilmember, but anyone who would spend $250 million to tear up the streets and install a trolley, CLEARLY is the dumbest councilmember. (Or just the shadiest for not giving a "f*ck" and doing it anyway.)