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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Carmageddon? Carmaheaven? Carmaheathen?

Without doubt, the non-story of the weekend was the closure of the 405 Freeway to facilitate the deconstruction of the Mulholland Bridge.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gives Fox 11's roving reporter Hal Eisner his thoughts on Carmageddon
while a bystander seems very keen to take a picture of a Dracula doll with the Mayor in the backround.
Can't imagine why ....
The closure of a ten-mile stretch of the 405 freeway failed to produce the feared Carmageddon 'End of Days' traffic nightmare, and as the planned removal of the Mulholland Bridge proceeded on schedule, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a predictable visit to ground zero for photo ops.

Hailing Los Angelenos as heroes for staying off the roads and creating one of the most traffic-congestion-free days since A Day Without Immigrants (2006), Villaraigosa proclaimed the day to be "Carmaheaven" rather than Carmageddon.

But not all Los Angelenos seemed quite so enchanted with the surprisingly trouble free progress of the largest single freeway closure since the Santa Monica Freeway collapse following the Northridge earthquake. One of a small group of spectators who gathered at ground zero was armed with a digital camera and a Dracula doll for what must have been his dream photo-op, and as Villaraigosa waxed lyrical with Fox 11's Hal Eisner, the unknown man who has become known as "Carmaheathen" snapped away.

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa waxes lyrical with Fox 11's Hal Eisner
with the Mulholland Bridge in the backgound.

Mayor Villaraigosa was the center of media attention
as the non-event of the decade proceeded on schedule.
The Dragnet will join the mainstream media in continuing to monitor Carmageddon non-events throughout the day. So far City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has not claimed that the closure of the 405 freeway was his idea, but perhaps he is waiting for the complete success of Carmageddon before he claims credit for something else that he has absolutely no connection to.

Trutanich has previously been outed for lying about "busting" the 38th St. Gang, and being the "brains" behind San Diego and Santa Monica's Administrative Citations programs.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And here is the actual photo of Dracula doing what he does best to the Mayor...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8264041@N03/5948680467/in/photostream/