One of the few major successes for the Dodgers this year was the launch of the Dodger Trolley, a free shuttle from Union Station to Chavez Ravine. But that shuttle was not free for Los Angeles tax payers, who paid about $150,000, or twice what was budgeted, to keep the shuttles rolling. With the cost of the shuttle expected to rise to $350,000 next year for the full season and the Dodger’s refusing to shoulder the cost, one Los Angeles City councilman is threatening to bring the service to a stop.
“The city isn’t going to pay for it if I have my way,” councilman Bill Rosendahl told Steve Hymon of the LA Times’ Bottleneck Blog. But the Dodgers have a lot of influence on the council, notes Hymon, and other costs to worry about:
“This will be a fun standoff, should it transpire. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is saying the city budget is already deep in the hole, but the Dodgers have proved in the past to have a lot of friends on the City Council. At the same time, the Dodgers may be rolling the money trucks up to free agent Manny Ramirez any day now — giving the team cause to plead poverty.”