Hertzberg for Mayor
Before I go into why I am officially supporting Bob Hertzberg, let me take a moment to dispel many notions spread by what I assume are mostly pro-Hahn readers of the Sister City.
- Unlike the LA Times, we never purport to be objective. This is my blog for Christ sakes and I'll say what I God damn please. You too have the same right and I let you do so.
- I do not nor have I ever worked for Bob Hertzberg.
- The Sister City has never been paid by Bob Hertzberg or any other candidate. We do have Google ads for Bob Hertzberg as well as Antonio Villaraigosa and many other advertisers. If you know anything about how Google ads work, we only get paid when a person clicks on an ad they want to see. If you clicked on one of Antonio's or Bob's ads, we probably got a few pennies. In all, since we went on the web back in October of 2004, we've earned maybe $40 total in Google ads. Hardly enough to buy any influence and again its likely most of that revenue came from advertisers other than Hertzberg.
- Many other blogs however - including some that have called us pro-this or anti-that actually did receive paid blog ads for Bob Hertzberg. We never did. And even if we had, it wouldn't have made any difference. The only paid blog ad we've ever sold is for West LA Online. Between that, the Google revenue, and some crap we've sold through Cafe Press, the Sister City has maybe generated $100 total revenue, none of which has actually been paid to me yet.
- If you don't like any of this, you can play on the God damn freeway you tinhorn bastards.
Now, lets get to why I am voting for Bob Hertzberg. For 16 years, we had a visionary, larger than life leader in Tom Bradley. Prior to that, we had a crusty, colorful mayor (me) who made regular appearances on the Tonight Show. Since Tom left, its been pretty dull around Spring Street.
Bob Hertzberg brings an energy, a flair, even a sense of goofiness that could energize LA politics unlike anything we've seen in some time. In the Arnold era, we find that a dynamic personality who connects with the people can get things done. Bob shakes up the establishment (while still comfortably being able to maneveur within it) in a way that could get many who have not been involved - including young people - interested in civic affairs. This could really push LA forward in a positive way.
Bob is experienced, but he's not a career pol. He's had a hand in business, has met a payroll and though he lives comfortably, he understands the common man. He's comfortable with the average man on the street and engages everyone with interest.
He has ideas - yes many are wacky - but he is contstantly creative and seeking solutions to problems. He isn't afraid to buck the status quo and won't take no for an answer.
With a corrupt city government, failing city services, a horrible public education system, jobs leaving LA in droves and politicians who just don't care, Bob Hertzberg is a refreshing change. Yes, he is more liberal than I like and yes he isn't stepping up on some issues quite yet like illegal immigration. Nonetheless, Bob brings something we just haven't seen in LA in a long time.
Finally, though I am giving my nod to Bob Hertzberg, I'd like to give honorable mentions to Bernard Parks and Richard Alarcon. Neither will have any chance of making it into the runoff, but both would also be excellent mayors for various reasons. Alarcon may be way too liberal for me, but he's a decent man who works hard for the city and has great passion. Parks rocky relations with the LAPD likely disqualifies him from leading the City, but he has served his District well as Councilman. He isn't afraid to try new things and depart from the political orthodoxy, which I like.
We'll focus on Antonio after the election results are known.