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Monday, July 24, 2006

Bond On City Council Agenda Tuesday Morning

Today -- Monday, July 24, 2006 -- the City Attorney sent the City Council a letter saying that, in order to get the billion-dollar-boondoggle bond on the ballot, ten Council Members must (falsely) certify that the public interest and necessity require submission of the bond to the voters.

The Council has accordingly scheduled a SPECIAL session for tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, to vote on one, and only one, item, namely, whether to pass the (false) resolution of public interest and necessity.

Man, they move fast when there's money at stake, as opposed to mere lives, huh? And don't you love all that public notice? Me, too. It really provides for input from the citizens.

You can read the City Attorney's letter here: http://clkrep.lacity.org/councilfiles/06-1800-s3_rpt_atty_7-24-06.pdf .
You can see the City Council's agenda here: http://lacity.org/clk/councilagendas/clkcouncilagendas339405_07252006.pdf

8 Comments:

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

Maybe this bond is for the "Subway to the Ocean" and just labeled as something else.

Man, this city is going to the shitter.

July 24, 2006 5:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whose "public interest?" Illegal aliens?? Connected developers?? If this makes it to the ballot, VOTE NO NO NO

July 24, 2006 5:29 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Amen!

July 24, 2006 7:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone seriously think this bond will fly?????????

I think just about everyone in this city has wised up about the Mexican midget in the mayor's office. We will veto EVERYTHING pertaining to illegals on judgement Day...at the ballot box.

After the voters were 'trashed' on the 'tax FEE', there will be a revolt. Senor Alcalde thinks he's pretty clever by call it a "FEE" instead of a tax. Taxes have to get a 2/3 vote by the voting public. We weren't fooled in the slightest, and Senor Villagrossa will pay for it!!!!!

July 25, 2006 7:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

More reason to vote these clowns out of office. Get rid of them!!!!!

July 26, 2006 7:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just one more nail in the coffin of Villagrossa!!! We will not forget or forgive!

July 26, 2006 4:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Help me with this. I read the Charter language on NCs. Here is what I found:

Sec. 900. Purpose.
To promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs, a citywide system of neighborhood councils, and a Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is created. Neighborhood councils shall include representatives of the many diverse interests in communities and shall have an advisory role on issues of concern to the neighborhood.

Then it goes on to say:
Sec. 908. Powers of Neighborhood Councils.
Subject to applicable law, the City Council may delegate its authority to neighborhood councils to hold public hearings prior to the City Council making a decision on a matter of local concern.

Sec. 909. Annual City Budget Priorities.
Each neighborhood council may present to the Mayor and Council an annual list of priorities for the City budget. The Mayor shall inform certified neighborhood councils of the deadline for submission so that the input may be considered in a timely fashion.

Sec. 910. Monitoring of City Services.
Neighborhood councils shall monitor the delivery of City services in their respective areas and have periodic meetings with responsible officials of City departments, subject to their reasonable availability.

Pretty clear on what NCs are expected and empowered to do.

The way I read the newspapers, staff reports, etc., having a functioning housing market is a Citywide issue, not a "neighborhood" issue, and helping the homeless off the streets is to everyone's benefit (altho the folk downtown may feel they will benefit more, since more homeless live on the streets there). And it is pretty clear that there is a severe housing problem, which has caused housing prices to balloon skyhigh.

So, the Council has not delegated the hearing authority over Citywide issues (or any issues that I have read about), and this doesn't have anything to do with preparing the annual Budget or monitoring City services. So where do NCs fit in this or any other matter heard by City Council, other than to participate in the public debate. And the way I see it, there have been efforts to inform the NCs about this and opportunities for NCs to comment at public hearings.

Wasn't there a table at the Congress of NCs?? Did anyone who has posted to this stop to ask the folk who were there what this was about?

And didn't this issue appear on the City Council HCED Committee agenda on June 27 (http://lacity.org/clk/committeeagend/clkcommitteeagend2338740_06272006.pdf), and again on the City Council Agenda July 5 (http://lacity.org/clk/councilagendas/clkcouncilagendas338914_07052006.pdf)?
Both on the Regular Agendas, which I think are sent to all NCs.

So, there were two notices, and opportunities to speak, with a couple of weeks for interested people to ask their Councilor about it, or to get involved.

What's the beef?? There is clearly a crisis in LA's housing market -- it just doesn't work for most people and it clearly doesn't work for low-paid workers who either have to commute forever, double up or live in slums. LA is the homeless capitol of America. And anyone who was paying attention should have known about it. (I am discounting the fact that there were articles in the Times and Daily News, TV and radio covered it and other blogs carried items about it.)

Nobody wins when people are misled, and this posting is just plain misleading.

July 26, 2006 7:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

after reading yesterday's LA Times article about Diva-raigosa and his entourage and $140 bottles of wine, it certainly underscores that he has accomplished nothing meaningful.Maybe he failed the bar exam 5 times, but he's found the way to live it up at taxpayer expense. And his billion dollar housing bond to go on the ballot to subsidize police, fire and nurses and other "essential" workers that make more money than most of us.....this is why LA has the largest economic polarization of any city in the nation.

July 27, 2006 2:42 PM  

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