What Does S Stand For?
In the LA Weekly, Hillel Aron has a piece about the crushing defeat of Measure S in the recent election. He tries to analyze its meaning.
This is pointless. Being a citizen here, I can guarantee him no one had any idea what Measure S was about. We got about 100 mailers calling it either a disaster or something that will save the city. And most of the material was against. We could vaguely tell it dealt with development in some way, but that was it.
But that doesn't stop Hillel:
...the rejection of Measure S is a watershed moment in the history of Los Angeles, a confirmation that the city wants to become more urbanized, more dense, less reliant on the automobile, more inclusive and, perhaps, a more unified city.
This is a litany of nonsense. No one understood Measure S, so you can't read anything into how people voted. When people are unsure, they vote no. But even if Measure S read "do you agree with everything Hillel Aron says in that quote above," and they voted Yes, Aron's claims would still be nonsense.
Here's what people want, no matter how they vote, no matter what Hillel thinks: They want a better home or apartment. They want their mortgage or rent to be lower. They want more space. And they want less traffic, especially so they can enjoy their automobiles more. (They also wouldn't mind better mass transit while enjoying their automobiles.)
It's bad enough we get stupid Measures that no one understands. If people start thinking the vote actually means something, it'll only make things worse.