- Making News: Budget Passes Assembly
The state Assembly has joined the Senate and finally passed a budget. After failing to get the required two-thirds vote this morning, leaders of both parties prevailed on their members to change their minds. Lynda Gledhill, who covers Sacramento for the San Francisco Chronicle, says it took the longest session in state history to produce the compromise budget which protects social programs while relying heavily on borrowing.
- Reporter's Notebook: The Gold Line
Some 70,000 people showed up for free rides from downtown LA to Pasadena this weekend on the Gold Line. The Metropolitan Transit Authority declined to reveal the number of yesterday-s paying riders, preferring to wait for a more accurate estimate of whether the new line is a real success. DJ Waldie, a Lakewood City official and -transit-dependent- Angelino, believes mass transit holds great promise for neighborhood communities.