It is March 18, 2011, and the LA Times' lead editorial (very carefully) endorsed peak-load pricing on selected high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes on local freeways. These would become high-occcupancy/toll or HOT lanes. Time-of-day tolling just may be an idea whose time has come -- which many had thought was ages ago.
I'm making a big deal of this because back in the day when the Times could have been influential, its writers beat the drums for every dunder-head rail transit proposal (and tax) that local planners and politicians could come up with. We now know that all of these projects have had no effect except on the cost side. So we now have have rutted roads and highways -- that are as congested as they were when this rail craziness in LA began.
It is March 18, 2011, and never say "never".
Today's LA Times reports "L.A.'s bus service faces major cuts .. Changes come with push forward on ambitious plan to expand rail network ..." This speaks for itself.