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Blog: The Legalization of Transport Innovation

A new generation of leadership will bring you the next generation of transport. Vote for me on March 5 and let's legalize sustainable transport innovation above our streets.

My name is Nick Garzilli. I am a Sustainable Transport Entrepreneur and I am a candidate for West Hollywood City Council for the March 5 election. I currently have a proposal being looked at by Weho for the city to have the first privately financed solar powered Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) in the world. This will be the beginning of a network that will spread like a web throughout Los Angeles. People and cargo will travel non-stop 30-40mph above our city streets, no drunk drivers, no traffic, no oil.

I am the L.A. Director for JPods and the EVP of Global Development for Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies (ET3). In the past month JPods has secured funding from Equility Capital to build a $100M-$2B+ network in the first municipality that can deliver a shovel-ready project with all of the permits and permissions taken care of, and the only thing missing is the financing.

I want Weho to be that city. JPods wants to pay 5 percent of the revenue, like cell phone companies, to operate these pod cars in the empty right-of-way above the streets. That new revenue can then be used for hiring the three extra librarians needed to increase the hours at the library, increasing subsidies for renters and giving greater social services to assist our neighbors living with HIV.

If someone were to have told me on November 5 that I was going to be running for Weho City Council, I would have told them they were nuts. However something happened on November 6 when the voters of Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana. It got me thinking maybe I could go directly to the voters of West Hollywood with the initiative needed to legalize innovation in transportation.

After a little research I realized that I had missed the deadline for the initiative, but the filing period for becoming a candidate was right around the corner. I completed the paperwork from the City Clerk and hit Santa Monica Boulevard talking to residents about my vision of the future. I got the 20+ signatures to qualify and not surprisingly the two biggest complaints I heard from them are traffic and parking, which PRT deals with directly.

A new generation of leadership at Weho City Hall will bring the next generation of transport. That is why I ask for your support in what will be a difficult bid to unseat the entrenched incumbents. In my view the greatest thing about being on the ballot is the voters of West Hollywood who want this sustainable future can vote for it on March 5.

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me January 07, 2013 at 07:47 PM
ok, so let me understand this....you are a "Sustainable Transport Entrepreneur" whose ONLY goal is to develop this transportation if we were to vote for you???.....i would have given you some credit had you mentioned all of the other issues affecting our city and your thoughts on each....sorry, but we already have council people IN office now with their own special interests....UGH
Nick Garzilli January 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM
@me, I think we need to hire three librarians ASAP to open the library to full-time hours. I am firmly behind the term limits measure. I think we should also end the War on Drugs, but I don't think I can do much about that as a WeHo Council member, but you never know. Please come to the debate on 2/6 to see how I answer specific questions about WeHo. There are also stories about to be published where I answer a very specific questionnaire about many issues.
Ali January 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM
You've already stated your main reason why you want to become a Councilmember. You blew it in my opinion. You are just another man with a special interest who wants to get into politics to enrich yourself. Sorry Nick...no vote from me.
Nick Garzilli February 18, 2013 at 08:32 AM
@Ali, for the last two years I have been butting my head with government trying to get permission to build these sustainable transport networks. Government wants to protect their monopoly. I am trying to break that down to the benefit of all. I would be very happy to watch another PRT company build the WeHo PRT and break open the whole market, but yes I very much want to build it. I have entered the arena of politics to let people know there are solutions to our most pressing problems, but government is not cooperating. I need all the help I can get in changing the lifeblood of our economy from oil to ingenuity. I have accepted no money from any special interests, much different than other candidates in the race. I am on a mission to make this world a better place for my 3 year old son. This is not simply done to "enrich" myself. No sir.

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