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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Vote NO on "H" (Affordable Housing Bond) Unless You Are The Mayor

The only person who I could possibly think would vote "yes" on Prop "H" this November is The Mayor.

In the past three months or so, you've heard me mention the problems with AB 1381 (LAUSD Bill signed last week by Gov. Girlieman), the problems with Prop R (lengthening City Councils terms from two to three, then calling it a "limit" -- while "mingling" Ethics/Lobby reform on the same measure in an attempt to confuse voters and hold "ethics" hostage to "term extentions") -- AND NOW ZD HAS WORKED HIS WAY UP TO THE BIG BOY ON THE BALLOT: Prop H (A $1 BILLION Affordable Housing Bond).

You wanna take a billion dollars, that we don't have, and spend it now, when everyone already knows these BONDS are a big bamboozle? First of all, we'll be paying off the Bond and all the interest for generations to come. Secondly, we're lucky if 10% of the money actually ends up going where it is supposed to. Thirdly, the money always seems to magically disappear, because THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY or CHECKS AND BALANCES on these bonds as to where the money actually ends up.

Whenever a shady politician wants to blow one of these curveballs past the people, they cloak it around something no one can say "no" to like Affordable Housing, Clean Water, Public Schools, or some other warm and fuzzy issue.

But again, it's money we don't have for this project that will stick your kids and grandkids with the tab (plus interest) for something that about only 10% of the money ends up going to, and there is no accountability or checks and balances over the money, which is why most of it magically disappears.

AND THE BIGGEST RED FLAG: Mayor Antonio Villagrossa is furious that "H" is on the November ballot -- instead of March ballot, because with the Governor race being voted on, there will be way higher turn out in November than in March (when the low-key, low-voter-turn-out election takes place) and it's waaaaaaaay easier to blow this bamboozle past the constiutents.

So, to make a long story short: You've heard me discuss the problems with AB 1381 and Prop R (Term Limit Extentions), and how it is causing BIG waves at City Hall (See Mayor Sam's story from Monday) -- but that was just the appetizer for "H".

Plain and simple, you'd have to be the biggest sucker on the planet to vote "yes" on H unless your name happens to be Tony Villagrossa (or one of his developers/magic assistants) who is gonna make the money magically disappear, then stick your grandkids with the tab. In other words, "NO on H".

Personally, I think the Mayor knows his political career is over in this town, has no chance of winning re-election, so why not milk the City on the way out?

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15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Man, am I glad we let the Dogg loose. You must be a real quick study, Dogg, because you are picking up on this stuff like you are an insider.

Before the public should even think about putting more money in the Mayor's hands, how about some type of ordinance that allows for "real" transparency on how the money is spent. I'm not talking about the misdirection the city uses when they put out a 15 volume city budget that only a few of us can decipher. I'm talking about true transparency. How about accessing the information on the web? You know, put up each bond as a separate tally and leaving it up to show where every dollar is being spent, as it is being spent, including who the contractors are. While we're at it, let's do the same thing for the billions of dollars that are contracted out by the city so that anyone that wants to can look at the issue bond by bond, or contract by contract, and track how the money is being spent as well as which pocket it's going in to.

You've got a good nose for sniffing out the real game ZD. If you want to understand how the Mayor and Council work, and who's working them, track the money.

September 26, 2006 1:16 PM  

Blogger Dockweiler_Mutt-tt said:

Do you just make this stuff up as you go, Bee-otch (why do I ask?).

".. .Villagrossa is furious that 'H' is on the November ballot -- instead of March ballot, because with the Governor race being voted on, there will be way higher turn out in November than in March (when the low-key, low-voter-turn-out election takes place) and it's waaaaaaaay easier to blow this bamboozle past the constiutents."

Did you really say that, with the same mouth that suggested not too long ago that Prop R (which City Council-bashers like you say they rushed to get on November's ballot) was also a blatant attempt to "sneak" one by?

So which is the "sneak" attack? Which is the official L.A. City government "sneak" season (Nov. or March?), for bamboozling constituents, and who forgot to tell which branch of local govt., when.

Is the mayor smarter than council, when it comes to figuring out the best time to "sneak," but not smart enough to actually get it placed in the better "sneak" zone?

You do clueless real good; contradictory even better.

September 26, 2006 1:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg,
sorry that I didn't get back to you and our mutual friend Sunday night. Prop H is a "TAX HIKE" on the residents of this city. Keep pounding on the fact that when you add up all the "FEES" and "BONDS". what angelinos will see is the "TAX and SPEND" approach of our "DEAR LEADER POLLORAIGOSA"

September 26, 2006 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Zima,

You must be the most idiotic person blogging here since MEAT.

Zima Quote --- "You wanna take a billion dollars we don't have"

Answer: Little civics lesson, that is how a bond works. It's also how a household works buddy, your City has one of the best bond ratings for a local govt in America (Contrary to what republicans like to say) which is a kin to having good credit (Which of course we all know Zima Pup does not, or else he woulda purchased a used car at Cal Worhington with his dog spot already). Also most American households spend nearly 45% of their income on paying back debt, while your local city government spends like 4% of its budget on paying back debt.

Zima Pup "When everyone already knows these BONDS are a big bamboozle?"

Answer: Again another idiotic statement from the fresh-soph in the room. Who is everyone Zima? The voting public? The Civic/Chamber leaders? The elected officials? Academics? Community based organizations?

Because the most recent bond elections in LA show a public willing to support some bonds. Libraries, Parks and Schools for instance.

Zima, you try to shade your posts as the absolute truth, when in fact it's rookie hyperbole at best.

Here is my advice -- learn to pee inside, and scratch the door when you need to be walked before you start trying to beg for scraps at the big kids table.

September 26, 2006 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i get the feeling that Dogg is prolly the last person to sniff this out. didn't we already see posts by 'walter' and 'sam'.

lol at 'sneak season'

September 26, 2006 3:47 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

As per the "against" argument on your ballot, you can find out more about what's wrong with Measure H at my website: MooreIsBetter.com.

September 26, 2006 6:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma,
East Coast guy here. You did not meet me on Monday at any of the places i asked you to.

Bitch!

September 27, 2006 6:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just how little faith do all these naysayers have in the actual voting public, when every proposition taken to the general population get's described as government trying to pull a fast one.

Isn't this the purest form of democracy? Take it to the people, let them--not just their representatives--decide on it.

September 27, 2006 7:05 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

D&W mutt, if "sneak" is too strong for you, how about "tiptoe"? The Bond appealed to a focus group at 68%, and neeeds 66% to pass. People thus far respond to "affordable housing" with the same good will they respond to "school" and "library." The proponents of this bond did not want to see any debate at all about it, as was evidenced at the Mayor's summit on it.

This bond hands a billion dollars to the administrative care of Mercedes Marquez. Does that sound like a good idea to you? Where's that Controller's audit of Housing Department procedures---did it get put on hold until after the election?

September 27, 2006 7:39 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

That makes too much sense for the Cuntroller Laura Chick-n-shit to do her job. How come I don't hear anything coming out of her mouth about that need for accountablity and transperancy in the finances of this bond. Hell for a Billion Dollar bond, the Mayor should build his Subway to the Ocean.

September 27, 2006 11:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look, you can disagree with the concept, the funding, the oversight, the revenue stream -- in or out, the wording of the proposition, the major provisions, the minor provisions, the packaging, and anything else -- but address the process for getting it approved for what it is. This is a "referral" to the most powerful committee in the city, a committee of the whole called "the people of L.A.," i.e., them's what is collectively supposed to be the final arbiter.

Any overwrought, self-stimulating hyperbole that suggests that a GENERAL ELECTION is "sneaking" one by the people, "tiptoeing" past them, or "pulling a fast one" (like it was some deal cut in a 1920s backroom at Tammany Hall) smells of high-toned arrogance of the kind that suggests the critics here are much, much smarter and city-fied that the poor rube peeps that will get to vote on it in a few weeks.

How dare you, suh!

September 27, 2006 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg,

Parke Skelton is worry that he does not have the monetary resources to sell L.A. on Measure H. According to Martini Republic he is two million dollors short of the three million he needs. "BIG LABOR" is not coming through for the "YES ON H"(H=heist of homeowner money).THOUGHT TO PONDER, would someone do the math and add up all the acessments against property owners by the likes of CITY, COUNTY, LOCAL AGENCIES(SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS CONSERVANCY). Then it will be clear to see how these public gruops are doing an endrun around Prop 13.

September 27, 2006 2:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg,

Parke Skelton is worry that he does not have the monetary resources to sell L.A. on Measure H. According to Martini Republic he is two million dollors short of the three million he needs. "BIG LABOR" is not coming through for the "YES ON H"(H=heist of homeowner money).THOUGHT TO PONDER, would someone do the math and add up all the acessments against property owners by the likes of CITY, COUNTY, LOCAL AGENCIES(SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS CONSERVANCY). Then it will be clear to see how these public gruops are doing an endrun around Prop 13.

September 27, 2006 2:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm voting yes becuase I can't afford a home in LA right now, and I would like to have the opportunity to buy one in my lifetime.

September 27, 2006 4:09 PM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

How come we're "moderated" and STILL get back-to-back duplicate posts coming through (2:48 above)?

Another 3-martini lunch (or six-pack breakfast), MS?

Vote YES on H, and we'll see if we can declare this blog "affordable real estate" and get you some paid minion "property manager" to click the buttons when you're three sheets to the Right.

September 28, 2006 2:00 PM  

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