Something irk you on the road? Write a law!
I'm always on the lookout for creative thinking from lawmakers in Southern California -- a task that usually requires a lot of looking, to put it mildly. So I was intrigued to hear about a contest that Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) is having: He's asking constituents to suggest a new law. Eng says he'll try to get the winning entry approved by the Legislature.
The deadline for the contest was Dec. 15, but Eng's office is still taking entries. (You need to live in the 49th Assembly district to participate. The district includes Alhambra, El Monte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino and South El Monte.) The winner gets a trip to Sacramento and a chance to testify for the bill in an Assembly committee as well as a free lunch. Last year's entry -- a bill to require hospitals to try to notify next of kin before life support is pulled for brain-dead patients -- was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September.
I'm not a constituent of Eng's district, but I certainly have a few transportation-related ideas for those who live in the 49th. They're all a wee bit Draconian, but I'm old-school:
1. A bill allowing law enforcement to immediately smash and/or remove the stereo system from any vehicle playing stereo system so loud it is causing other vehicles to vibrate.
2. A bill allowing law enforcement to deliver three swift kicks to any vehicle sitting completely across the width of a crosswalk while at a red light.
3. A bill requiring all those who serve on the boards of public transit agencies to actually ride public transit at least once a week. Ankle bracelet/GPS monitoring of board members would be permitted, although elected officials would be able to disable GPS while visiting mistresses, massage parlors, bordellos, etc. That might make it a little more palatable.
4. A bill requiring Caltrans to publish on its website weekly construction updates on all major projects costing more than $1 million. Photos must be included to demonstrate actual progress being made on the project.
Even if you don't live in Eng's district, feel free to leave your idea for a new law on the comment board.
-- Steve Hymon