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Elon Musk’s Employees Posed as Ordinary Citizens at His Dodger Stadium Community Meeting

At least two of Elon Musk’s Space X employees were at Dodger Stadium to pump up his proposed “Dugout Loop.”

A small number of Los Angeles residents showed up at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night for a public hearing about billionaire futurist Elon Musk’s proposed solution to Dodgers fans’ traffic woes. At least two of the people who spoke in favor of the project didn’t let on that they work for Musk. 

Musk announced plans earlier this month for a new form of public transit that would take people 3.6 miles from a Los Angeles Metro stop to Dodger Stadium in about four minutes for the price of just $1. The plans don’t include an estimate date of completion or even an estimated date for the start of construction but hey, those are just minor details. I’m sure the thing that looks like it was stolen from a scrapped sci-fi screenplay will be really easy to build. 

Musk’s Boring Company (the firm’s actual name) held a public meeting Tuesday evening at the ballpark, with only a few dozen people in attendance. 

Twitter user @erinscafe documented the meeting in detail in a tweet thread. She also noticed that two of the people who spoke up in support of the project (and were later interviewed by CBS Los Angeles) happened to be employees of Musk’s Space X. (A Space X spokesperson tells the company did not know the employees would be present and its employees were not encouraged—or paid—to attend.)

I wonder if support for the project is as robust among people who don’t have a personal interest in Musk’s success. Judging by other speakers at the meeeting, probably not.