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West LA Online points us
to, the web home of the homeowner's association for the neighborhood between Century City and Santa Monica. The issue of the day is the delay in the completion of the Transitway Project. It is now a year behind schedule and has reduced the number of lanes in each direction from three to two for long stretches.

The larger problem seems to be the strain this is putting on small businesses in the area. We often have to drive from the 405 to Beverly Hills and every time wonder how people are getting to the many stores along that stretch of Santa Monica boulevard (and little Santa Monica). It seems people aren't. Local businesses are taking out loans and having to spend more on advertising to stay afloat and another year of construction, detours and difficulties may force some of the shops to close down.

The goal for the Department of Public Works is to be 70% done by the end of the year. Six months have passed in 2005. We wonder how we'll they're doing.