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LAist Predictions for 2009

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We've spent much of the past few weeks reviewing the year that was, in music, movies, TV, food, and more. We've talked New Year's resolutions but now's the time to get real: What is really gonna go down over the next 12 months? Below are some of our early predictions -- what are yours?

  • MTA installs turnstiles at all Metro subway stations, securing millions of dollars of unrealized revenue from erstwhile freeloaders.
  • Construction begins on Ed Roski's NFL stadium east of downtown.
  • Squashing all deathbed rumors, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs arm-wrestle at the Staples Center in what becomes the highest rated PayPerView event of all time. Michael Jackson sings the National Anthem.
  • In the first sign of victory in the war on terror, the TSA is ordered to allow travelers to keep their shoes on as they pass through security.
  • Bob Hertzberg, Eric Garcetti, and Tavis Smiley all launch mayoral campaigns.
  • Expo Line construction stalls. No progress is made in finalizing Phase 2, which will involve building track to the ocean via either Cheviot Hills or Culver City.
  • Manny stays in LA. But with a shaky pitching staff, the Dodgers struggle to win the division again, before losing in the NLDS. To the Mets.