I’m always happy when I’m in L.A. You know, the weather’s always good. It’s just a good place to be.”
— Matt Kemp

Center fielder Matt Kemp

Center fielder Matt Kemp

Unless, of course, you’re in your car trying to go the three miles to your Echo Park home from downtown at 5:30 on Fireworks Night.

The new Dodger owners have made a lot of things better about the stadium, at least, so I’m told. But one of the things they have failed to ameliorate is the traffic.

In fact, for those of us not going to the stadium but forced to drive the roads around the ravine anyway, the traffic is worse than ever.

This good idea goes terribly wrong as game time nears.

This good idea goes terribly wrong as game time nears.

I didn’t think it was even possible for Sunset Boulevard to get worse, but the addition of the coned-off bus lanes for the “Dodger Express” has achieved the unthinkable. Regular rush hour is bad enough, but then they take away one whole lane? It may encourage a few more folks to take public transit, but for people who have to drive for whatever reason — and for all the neighbors — this bus lane is a freaking nightmare! And because it’s usually rush hour anyway, there are no viable detours. Oh well, the walk will do me good.

Now about the game …
The back-and-forth, the timely hitting, the “Will Brandon League blow it again?” drama in the ninth. Other than Mark Ellis leaving with a hamstring pull, it was the perfect win.

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