Elon Musk Thinks His Westside Commute Is L.A.'s Top Problem

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Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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L.A. has its fair share of problems, from the nation's most torn-up roads to one of the America's worst unemployment rates. Southern California is an epicenter of home foreclosures. The gap between rich and poor here is bigger than the Angeles National Forest. There are Angelenos who are having trouble paying for food, let alone rent.

And yet, to be able to take five buses to Bel Air and make a few bucks selling oranges near the freeway is really living a better life for some. You gotta love that.

Billionaire Elon Musk, however, has a different way of California dreaming:

He thinks L.A.'s biggest problem is construction on the 405. And he says fixing that would make everything all better.

The chief of SpaceX and Tesla Motors gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times, published today. It's another fascinating look at how money can really warp one's priorities.

While we don't doubt that having heavy machinery working day and night near your backyard along the Sepulveda Pass is no walk in the park, we would surely trade such suffering for the chance to have multimillion-dollar freeway-adjacent property any day.

Says Musk:

... People in Los Angeles are being tortured by this. ... I don't know why they aren't marching in the streets.

Really, Elon? People in L.A. march for immigrants' rights, fair wages, better treatment by police and the fight against Walmarts wherever they might pop up. Westside freeway construction? Not so much.

But if you live in a 8-figure home in Bel Air, this is your world view.

Musk says he's given $50,000 to an effort to hasten the 405 widening project and that he's willing to give more just to shave time off his commute from Bel Air to SpaceX's facilities in Hawthorne.

I would gladly contribute funds and ideas. I've super had it.

You know what the rest of L.A. has super had it over? Rich idiots who think the world revolves around them.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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