Can’t Our Governments Just Get Along?

Good Regional Planning in Southern California Is Hard to Find. Here's Proof That It’s Possible.

Can't Our Governments Just Get Along?

Isaac Newton’s Law of Inertia applies equally well to rocks and politics: A body in motion resists any change to its speed or direction. If you’ve ever sat in on a city council meeting, you know that new ideas can take a long time to get approved and implemented. And once a project starts to involve multiple cities, millions of residents, hundreds of businesses, county departments, and the state, the Newtonian resistance to motion builds, especially if these groups are all pulling in different directions. But there are issues such …

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