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Pork-Barrel Republican Roy LaHood is a Bad Secretary of Transportation – Here’s Why – Toyota Cars vs. Boeing Planes

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood ‘s message to Toyota owners back in 2010:

“LaHood says his advice to owners is to ‘stop driving it. Take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have a fix for it.’”

Now here’s message regarding Boeing’s new 787 wide-body:

I believe this plane is safe and I would have absolutely no reservations of boarding one of these planes and taking a flight,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said at the press conference.”

Perhaps these statements are the right thing to say politically, but they’re not the right thing to say IRL. The chances of people dying in a 787 accident over the next month or so are low, but those chances are orders of magnitude higher than that of passengers on a tried-and true Boeing 777, for example.

So the fact that we’re not even going to consider grounding the fleet in America because some pol “thinks” the 787 is “safe” seems stupid to me.

And the latest is that an airline in Japan has grounded its entire fleet of 787 Dreamliners.

Oh well.

Transbay Terminal Groundbreaking – Huge Turnout, with Pelosi, Boxer, LaHood…

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Here’s the mise-en-scene:

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And here are the stars: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, United States Senator Barbara Boxer, and, at the podium, that Transbay Joint Powers Authority Executive Director I remember meeting at Town Hall in SoMA a half-decade ago. (Didn’t know what this project was all about back then – anyway, she’s still totally gorgeous. Oh, turns out I still have her business card, she’s Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan and she went to UC Berkeley undergrad and UC Hastings Law School, like a kajillion lawyers in town.)

Also on hand was a host of more local pols, like Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu,  Supervisor Chris Daly, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, SFMTA CEO Nat Ford (“Chairman of the Ford” he was called), the list went on and on.

And, that savvy AND very smart (a dangerous combination that’s rare in San Francisco politics) former Mayor Willie Brown knew just when to show up to make the maximum impact. His late-on-purpose Grand Entrance was made all the grander with the biggest hat I’ve seen him wearing. (Any smiles you see house right/stage left are not really happy smiles, they’re looks of disapproval. Oh well.)

Throw in buzzwords / phrases such as Grand Central Station of the West, world-class city, constancy, and you got yourself the Transbay Terminal groundbreaking in a nutshell.

Expect the “tallest tower in the West” and “San Francisco’s newest neighborhood” to come online by 2017 or later.

All the deets, after the jump

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