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Frank McCourt finds a new way to test our loyalty to the Dodgers. The City is now ponying up $70k for a free shuttle system to Dodger Stadium despite our fiscal crisis. "Initial discussions of the stadium shuttle focused on the city's inability to pay for the service given its transit budget deficits, but the final proposal has the city doing exactly that. The June 2nd memo says that "the Dodgers have indicated that they are not interested in sharing the cost to operate the shuttle service." An attached memo cites the team's stance that the service should be publicly funded, given the amount of money the team has put into stadium renovations. The cost to run a full season of service would have been $170,000, though the DOT memo suggests that up to $90,000 could be recouped through exterior advertising." [blogdowntown]