Tom Silver, Chief of Staff,
March 5, 1997
Topic: Supervisors' Direction for 1997
Mr. Silver stated a few of Supervisor Antonovich's goals:
- Los Angeles Subway. Supervisor Antonovich is opposed to the subway,
which has been a disastrous project and is extremely over budget and off
schedule. Approximately $350,000,000 a mile is allocated for the subway
which will not be able to service the spread out geography of Los Angeles.
The system will not be able to generate enough revenue to support itself.
Billions of dollars that are being poured into this system could be spent
on better transportation alternatives such as: light rail, monorail, HOV
lanes, bus lanes, etc. Also, the Federal Government is now cutting back
on its funding.
- County USC. Supervisor Antonovich supports the 391 bed new hospital
opposed to Supervisor Molina's 750 bed plan. The larger hospital does not
make sense if you analyze what the need will be in 10 years for indigent
people. The 391 bed hospital will take care of all the poor and will do
so for $70 million/year less than the 750 bed hospital. The money saved
is net county costs and will be available for other public health care
related needs. The private sector can also be utilized.
- Coliseum. Supervisor Antonovich is the President of the Coliseum Commission
this year and he does not believe that taxpayer money should be used to
entice a NFL Football team into Los Angeles.
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