On Saturday and Sunday, I spent three hours on Temescal and two hours sipping coffee at Swarthmore and Sunset (FYI, five total hours and, yes, they have bathrooms). Here is what I observed: There were 112 Priuses and Teslas without front license plates, and only two other cars without. I also noted most drivers were looking at their phones. I am not drawing any conclusions nor am I judging, but the sense of entitlement seems pretty high. People should obey the law. At least, they are doing their part to fight global warming—heroes in my book.
The Ruthless Ryderz wannabe biker gang regularly and recklessly speed through our community, but as soon as they get hurt, then they act like crybaby victims and go running to their attorney so that they can blame the Palisadian that they crashed into. And yet since that accident, they have continued their moronic behavior of traveling at high speeds in large groups. Just a matter of time before they cause another extremely dangerous traffic accident and then blame another Palisadian for getting in their way.
Why does the Fourth of July parade have to be on Sunset? It could wind through the Alphabet Streets, along one of the bluffs or through the Palisades Rec Center, and not affect Sunset or its many businesses. It frustrates me every year as I have to backtrack on my drive from Bel Air to my beach house in Malibu—I have nearly run out of gas several times. Selfish.
I celebrated Columbus Day. While I totally support the creation of an Indigenous Peoples Day, I do not see the value in using it to replace Columbus Day. Mike Bonin says it is a “very small step in apologizing and making amends.” Seems to be at the expense of Italian Americans, seems that a retrospective judgment about history and the good and bad of people in a specific historic time is always fraught with potential for error. I wish Bonin would focus more time on current issues such as ever-increasing traffic congestion and homelessness in our communities.
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