Transportation needs require a real solution
But are they? Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, said the five-county region shouldn’t settle for a deal with so many holes in it, and demand something better. He’s right. That’s the best way to do business with the state.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHEN a north-south dispute over bond money for trade-driven transportation erupted earlier this month, state officials found an easy solution: They pretended to find $1 billion to make everyone happy. But like some other state “solutions,” the billion may never materialize. The reason for the generosity was an argument that has been brewing among competing regions over which would get the bulk of money from bonds approved by voters as part of Proposition 1B. Since five Southern California counties handle 85 percent of the state’s trade, officials here thought the region should get 85 percent of the money, which would amount to $1.7 billion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut three other regions, San Diego, the Bay Area and the Central Valley, lined up with their hands out. The problem, as usual, is that there are too many needs and too few resources. But the California Trade Commission’s solution did not offer a real fix. It merely put fictitious money in the pot to shut up the arguing. The trouble is that half of that extra billion is supposed to come from revenue sources that are less than certain, and the other half probably would have gone to the five-county region anyway. The five counties, L.A., Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino, aren’t happy. A spokesman for the unified counties, Roger Snoble, CEO of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, complained that the rest of California doesn’t understand the region’s dire circumstances. Still, Snoble said, at least the five counties are getting about what they wanted.