Thursday, March 17, 2005
Turn that frown upside down
It appears that the citizens of Los Angeles aren't very happy. In a report by The Public Policy Institute of California, their data indicates that people are fed-up with the traffic, the crime, and the 500-square foot shacks that cost as much as an island in the South Pacific.
- Los Angeles residents are stunningly unhappy with some key indicators of quality of life: Large majorities say traffic congestion on freeways and major roads (74%) and the availability of affordable housing (64%) are big problems in the county today, up markedly from just two years ago (67% traffic, 54%affordable housing).
- Assessments of police protection and the quality of parks, beaches, and recreation facilities have fallen considerably from the ratings given only one year ago. In addition, only one-third of county residents give excellent or good ratings to the condition of streets and roads (32% today, 51% in 2004) and public schools (36% today, 43% in 2004).
- County residents are more likely to believe that the county will be a worse place to live in twenty years (37%) than a better place (24%).
- Only 28% of the likely voters in the city of Los Angeles say that they trust their city government to do what is right just about always or most of the time.
- Crime and gangs remain the top issue concerning county residents (21%), followed by education (17%), and traffic (10%).
- One-third of county residents hope to leave Los Angeles County in the next five years.