Petty people need to get over their attitude about L.A.


Q: I read your column in which readers were somehow troubled because you referred to a highway as “the 280.” What a childish and petty thing this is. Is Southern California somehow inferior to the Bay Area to be ridiculed by folks here?

About 20 years ago, my work had me living in Los Angeles for two years. I found that L.A. had more live music, more great museums and galleries, more awesome beaches and restaurants than the Bay Area. I’m happy to be back in the South Bay, but I enjoyed my time in L.A.

I found that Angelinos do not have an “attitude” about the Bay Area or the manner in which we refer to our highways. Most of them love San Francisco and visit whenever they can. They do not have superiority complexes about their city and don’t care whether we all call it Highway 101 or “the 101.”

For all my neighbors who only dare head south to visit Disneyland, I suggest that a longer visit might show you that there’s another great city just a few hours away from here.

 Michael Silver, Cupertino

A: You state your case for L.A. well. Unfortunately, L.A. also has “the” Lakers and “the” Dodgers.

Dennis-the-Roadshow-Editor alerted our copy desk in Monrovia about the problem with the “the I-5” headline. One supervisor apologized and said he’d give a heads-up to other editors down there.

Q: The long construction zone for the San Mateo 101 Express Lanes Project is clearly posted with a 55 mph speed limit. Almost no drivers obey the limit, night or day.

If one uses GoogleMaps the app incorrectly shows the speed limit as 65 mph all along that zone.

I submitted a fix-it ticket about this to Google but nothing’s changed yet. I imagine other navigation tools are also misinforming drivers in this regard which doesn’t help compliance.

Nighttime construction crews are at some risk due to this as are drivers along that stretch at any time. Do you have any tricks for addressing such speed limit misinformation? Does Caltrans normally look after that?

Richard Thomas, Redwood City


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