One gets the distinct feeling that LA is poorly run. The water is dreadful and homeless people have created no mans lands. The traffic is dreadful and the public transportation is mediocre. Every city including my beloved NYC has poor sections. However, it is professionally run and there is a level of competence one does not see in LA.
LA has some idiotic traffic laws that make zero sense. One would want people to walk in the congested city but local ordinances make it unlikely. In NYC we often have pedestrian Islands if one can not cross the street one crosses to the Island and continues later. This type of behavior will earn one a fine in LA. I left the curb with 5 seconds and was in the island on second two. I had a meeting with local law enforcement and was lucky not to get a ticket. One would think with this accent the local officer would gather I am from NYC. He asked me for my California ID three times. Mistaking me for a California resident is probably worse than the ticket.
One does get the distinct impression that government employees in LA are just biding time. I have never had this impression in NYC especially with NYPD where professionalism even in the Dinkins era was observed. In NYC there is a can do attitude fostered by Rudy and then later Mayor Bloomburg.
LA desperately needs its own Rudy or Bloomburg to restore a can do attitude and vision to a city that is out of control
Beamish in 08