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Dodgers Emphatic on Government's Role to Fund Public Transportation

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at 05:34PM
Dodger Parking Lots Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Cars enter Dodger Stadium through the Academy Dr. gate in this file photo from May, 2007.

At the City Council's Transportation committee today, a representative from the Dodgers was clear on the organizations view that public transportation to the stadium should be paid for by government and not by the team.

A task force comprised of two council offices, the city's Department of Transportation and Metro have been working on the problem of transit to the stadium since a motion by Concilman Jose Huizar in February. Recently they came back with a proposal that would have the city paying the $70,000 tab for service the remainder of the year.

Today's committee meeting was a small one, with only Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and Councilman Bill Rosendahl present. It was Rosendahl who was particularly upset at the prospect of city-funded service. "I love the Dodgers," he said. "I want them to have a shuttle, and I want them to pay for it." After listening to public comments, both in support and with concerns, he again expressed his feeling that the team should pay the bill for the service. "I just think it's a cheap shot that a firm as successful as that doesn't come up with the funds."

Rosendahl even attempted a compromise, offering to the Dodgers representative the idea of splitting the cost. The answer left no room for uncertainty. "We're not willing to do that, Mr. Rosendahl."

The item goes to the full Council on Friday.

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