Joseph Treviño’s article failed to mention that the Bus Riders Union’s conflict with the E.L.A. Light Rail is about more than civil rights. It’s about money. The E.L.A. Light Rail will, in large part, be funded by money — from the feds and the state — that has been earmarked for rail use only, money that cannot be used to buy more buses, or for housing, or for health care, etc. (It was earmarked before the BRU’s consent-decree lawsuit.) Therefore, if the BRU was successful in halting the E.L.A. Light Rail project under the guise of civil rights, that money, somewhere in the range of $400 million, would be taken away and used in another city. East Los Angeles would be left with nothing — no light rail, no improved bus system. Sure, the BRU would have another feather in its cap. But it would not have won the heavily Latino Eastside anything tangible, and it’s nearly impossible to see a civil rights victory in that.