Does Hahn Have Any Ethics Left?
The problem is that as a public body, the Neighborhood Councils can not endorse ballot measures. This is something even the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's Greg Nelson was able to figure out on his own.
A series of discussion panels arranged by city staff will pitch the tax hike idea to the NCs. Of course, the opposing point of view was not invited.
In a memo to neighborhood council leaders, Greg Nelson, general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, notes the panels will be walking a fine line.
"The issue before the house is whether the City Council should place a measure on the ballot ... and what that measure should look like," Nelson wrote, noting that the City Charter grants the City Council power to do that.
If a measure is placed on the ballot, he added, the issue becomes a political matter, and the neighborhood panels' activities legally become severely restricted.
Rick Orlov - LA Daily News
Who gets to have equal time to make the pitch that:
- Sales taxes invariably hurt the poor more than anyone.
- By increasing the sales tax in the City limits alone, purchasers of big ticket items like cars, furniture, etc will go to neighboring cities such as Burbank, Glendale, Santa Clarita, Long Beach, etc. to save some bucks. This results in less overall tax revenue for the City as well as potential loss of business and jobs. (As Councilman Dennis Zine noted in this LA Times Article)
- Other revenue sources such as the airport, harbor and DWP could easily fund more police officers (and don't tell us they can't - we've been down that road before)
- There are plenty of places within the City budget that can be cut for more police protection. There are savings that could be had by doing business differently.
Don't you see how wrong this is?
This is why we have to gather up everything we have and DUMP HAHN NOW. Vote for any of the other candidates, but don't vote for Hahn. This ethically challenged, charisma lacking, loser of a mayor has to go while there is still some city left to lord over.
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