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(LA Times)   California leads the nation in luxury car thefts. With the price of gas and repair, just owning any car in California is now a luxury   (latimes.com) divider line 10
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2013-08-01 09:24:43 AM
You gotta have a luxury car to lose a luxury car

/Just sayin'

// yes, looking at you - entire bay area.
 
2013-08-01 11:55:10 AM
Gas isn't even expensive yet. lol
 
2013-08-01 12:21:22 PM
Don't want to be a victim of theft? Do what I do...don't own anything worth stealing.
 
2013-08-01 12:46:36 PM
Sin_City_Superhero: Don't want to be a victim of theft? Do what I do...don't own anything worth stealing.

If it's worth owning, it's worth stealing.

// or hell, some folks just steal it for the lulz
 
2013-08-01 12:58:38 PM
What California illustrates is how much people prefer cars to anything else. No matter how expensive, inconvenient, or time-consuming the state makes driving a car, people stick with them. A responsive government would do things like build more freeways, but not California. They're going to ratchet up the pressure to get you out of that nasty freedom-mobile and onto your feet, a bike, or public transportation. They think you'll crack sooner or later.
 
2013-08-01 02:57:03 PM

jjorsett: What California illustrates is how much people prefer cars to anything else. No matter how expensive, inconvenient, or time-consuming the state makes driving a car, people stick with them. A responsive government would do things like build more freeways, but not California. They're going to ratchet up the pressure to get you out of that nasty freedom-mobile and onto your feet, a bike, or public transportation. They think you'll crack sooner or later.


So if/once they complete the 2050 long-term plans for turning the entire state into a giant mess of rail (Caltrain every 15 minutes, and rail down to Monterey and out to Tracy and Sacremento?  Yes, please.), I'll be okay with not having a car.  And given that every bit of emissions gets stuck in the Valley and turns into smog, I get WHY they're don't like people driving.  As it is , I have better things to do than spend 3 hours going 3 miles each way to the grocery store.  So I own a car.

And have you seen their CSMP's:  http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/corridor-mobility/d4-page.html (SF is District 4.  LA is District's 7 and 8)?  There's already 9 lanes in each direction running down the Valley, and they're jam-packed every single day.   Sunol is an absolute farking nightmare from 2-8, and they've given up on I-80 through Berkeley and 580 over Altamont.  Or go look at the LA ones.   To get LOS E (something other than 24-hour gridlock), they'd need 17 lanes on some of their freeways (or parallel arteries.  The problem with the 405 isn't that it's crowded.  It's that it's trying to do the job of FOUR freeways at once).  Non-bus seperate-ROW Transit is the ONLY THING that can successfully move lots of people to shared destinations (And then we get into the debate about land use and Transit-Oriented Development and my right to not have to spend $2000/month for a cramped apartment with lead paint and asbestos).

If Detroit said "We're embracing transit in a big way," I'd laugh.  Detroit's just not dense enough to justify mass transit, and has too many people going to too many destinations.  If SF and LA weren't embracing transit, I'd go "WTF.  You have too many people."  (And in SF's case, it doesn't help that Prop 13 and property values have driven everyone poor into the East Bay or the Central Valley, while everyone rich lives in SF and commutes an hour each way down 101)
 
2013-08-01 03:54:42 PM

lordargent: If it's worth owning, it's worth stealing.


That's not entirely true. I live in Las Vegas, which is a hotbed of auto theft. Cars getting stolen and turned into "Tijuana Taxis", or just get chopped for parts. Now look at what I drive. I drive a bright yellow, 1985 Mazda RX-7. It's a good looking car. Power windows, cruise control, air conditioning, etc. But it's not a very common car, and it's yellow, so it stands out (strike one for a car thief). It's also a two-seater (the TJ taxi is out). And while it's a classic car, it's not really a candidate for dismantling, as the demand for 1st generation RX-7 parts doesn't compare to the likes of the old Mustangs and Camaros (both of which are very easy to part out). I'm not saying that someone couldn't steal my car, just that I can't imagine why they would (unless it's just for a joy ride).
 
2013-08-01 04:22:46 PM

jjorsett: What California illustrates is how much people prefer cars to anything else. No matter how expensive, inconvenient, or time-consuming the state makes driving a car, people stick with them. A responsive government would do things like build more freeways, but not California. They're going to ratchet up the pressure to get you out of that nasty freedom-mobile and onto your feet, a bike, or public transportation. They think you'll crack sooner or later.


I'm going to go ahead and assume you're talking about the large cities only.

/Californian boonies.
//public transit is a joke out here.
 
2013-08-01 06:22:03 PM
Sin_City_Superhero: I'm not saying that someone couldn't steal my car, just that I can't imagine why they would (unless it's just for a joy ride).

You own the car, so it has some value to you.

Therefore, someone somewhere might someday want to steal it, no matter how infinitesimally small the probability is.

It might never happen, in fact, it will probably never happen, but is it possible, yes.

// After all, you're on a site where we get articles daily that leave us pondering WTF a crook was thinking.

// One of these days, your car might get stolen and when it's recovered it looks like this.

i222.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-01 08:40:28 PM

jjorsett: A responsive government would do things like build more freeways, but not California.


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