“I think that’s the best answer to this,” says Bart Taylor, father of four, who usually takes the family to the beach on mid-July weekends. Sitting at a local coffee shop, Taylor points to the banner headline of Friday's LA Daily News: “Here’s your guide: Just stay home.” The article quotes city officials who claim that traffic effects will reach from the coast all the way past downtown, perhaps 15 miles inland.
“They’re telling us to stay away from the 405 and the parallel canyon roads and to not take shortcuts through neighborhoods,” says Taylor. He usually heads northwest on the 101 and then cuts over Malibu Canyon to Pacific Coast highway and then north to Zuma Beach.
“But I’m going to go that one better. I’ll be in my backyard commuting back and forth from my pool to my hammock," Taylor says. "Yeah, Netflix and others are offering special discount deals on movies, but who wants to sit inside in the daytime on a hot weekend? Not me.”