Sunday, December 10, 2006

Dukakis Officially Responds ...

     Alex Fay, one of my best undergraduates who will be taking my graduate course this winter, will be working with me and Professor Shoup on this. Believe me, there is nothing unique about the North Village that isn't found in every neighborhood close to a university. What is unusual is that a lot of illegal parking has been permitted for so long which violates both local and Federal law and creates serious public safety problems. There are obvious and effective solutions to the problem, and, obviously, any new plan should be discussed in detail with people who live in the neighborhood and shouldn't be implemented until June when we have the big student turnover in the neighborhood. That alone will make a big difference, and a parallel parking and permit program should do the rest.

     I have asked Alex to be in touch with you, and both Professor Shoup and I will be happy to work with you when I get out there for the winter quarter.

                                                                                                                                       Mike Dukakis

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you sir for pointing out the obvious regarding neighboring a major university.

The point is sir, the neighborhood and the enforcement agencies had already arrived at a flexible and common sense truce about the issue and its painfully obvious solution.

Sir, I believe your efforts and defense of those efforts are disingenuous.
Kindly stop your tedious incantation of State and Federal requisites to anoint your self-righteous personal crusade.

There are also several State Statutes and Regulations that dictate UCLA MUST continue to grow and their are all manner of Federal requirements for States, Institutions and Cities to PLAN and EXECUTE discrete and dedicated Parking Facilities within schemes for expansion.

I believe these issues fall under the canopy of Public Policy.

This is a longstanding mission you have had for the last two years.
The fact is, a member of your family thinks the parking in the Village is "ugly". I believe that you sir, have mounted this entire fiasco of to please that member and exercis your own sense personal entitlement.

The Los Angeles City Agenciy responsible for considering complaints such as yours, has denied your "claim" at least twice in the last 2 years.

Messrs Shoup and Dukakis:
Thanks for adding more stress to a neighborhood
that had already "solved" the problem at the grassroots level.

At this point,your family's taste in urban visuals and your ego are the larger problems in this neighborhood.