Traffic in downtown Los Angeles can be bad during rush hour. That's not a surprise, is it?
Many buildings in downtown Los Angeles have underground parking. During rush hour, it can take quite a while to get out of the garage as cars at the exits wait until there is a safe moment to pull out into the street. That's a normal part of parking in a big building and of driving in a big city.
Unless you are a politician or a bureaucrat.
The County Administration Building is on Temple at Grand, across from the Cathedral. The main entrance and exit from the building's parking garage is on Grand. Politicians, bureaucrats, and employees — from County Supervisors on down — have to pull out take a right onto Grand, or else pull out across two lanes of traffic to take a left. Grand is a major downtown thoroughfare. During rush hour, you might have to wait for a safe moment to pull into traffic when exiting the County Administration Building's parking lot. That's just like hundreds or thousands of other parking lots downtown.
But politicians and bureaucrats are special. They're entitled to better traffic than the rest of us.
So every weekday for the last six months or so, two Sheriff's cruisers have parked in the right-hand lane on Grand just before the exit from the Administration Building's parking garage. They leave their lights flashing. Sometimes they put out a couple of orange cones. You'll see the two deputies leaning against the trees on the sidewalk, shooting the shit and enjoying the sun. I drive by there at various hours, and have seen them there as early as 4:00 p.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m. The impact, of course, is to give the politicians and bureaucrats in that building a nice protected right turn — no need to wait to merge into traffic. Of course, it shuts down one lane on a major downtown thoroughfare three blocks from a key freeway entrance during rush hour. But what's that compared to the convenience of the people in the County Administration Building? Remember — they are better than us. They're entitled.
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