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Friday, November 17, 2006

Friday Thread Of Rage

Two items to prime the pump:

1. McIntyre vs. Weiss

Doug McIntyre, of KABC 790 (shown here in his famous radio portrayal of Hamlet), castigated Councilman Jack Weiss -- who, by the way, hopes to become the City Attorney -- for voting to give $2.7 million of your money for the grifter fire fighter. It was hilarious and therapeutic. (If you don't listen to Doug every single weekday morning, start.) Weiss seemed genuinely not to understand why Doug, and everyone else who pay attention, is so upset.

Weiss's befuddlement is understandable for two reasons:

First, you have to realize that Weiss is only in his second term. This is a very, very complicated job he has. It's not until you finish eight years in the office that you can really master complexities of public policy, like don't cave in to con artists, for example. That's why it's so important that Measure R passed. We need to leave these people in office for 12 years, so we can get the benefit of the high-quality work they'll do during the final four.

Second, $2.7 million is chicken feed compared to the amount of money that the City Council routinely squanders to reward special interest campaign contributors. "Heck," Weiss probably figures, "why would the public care about $2.7 million when we blow hundreds of millions of every year through the CRA?"

Speaking of which. . .

2. Welfare for the Rich Urgently Needed

The story on page 1 of the L.A. Times: downtown developers "need" even more tax breaks and "rebates" -- i.e., gifts of your money -- or else, they say, they will not make a sufficient profit on their projects! Oh no! We can't have that happening! Come on, taxpayers, let's pitch in to make sure these guys can continue to live the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Regarding downtown (or any other kind of) projects, whatever happened to the good old capitalist idea that projects should be able to pay for themselves and make a profit, otherwise they shouldn't be built?

November 17, 2006 7:58 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good morning ladies and gentlemen (removes hat and extends a digit to the police officer who tangled with Mr. Dogg):
The other day in Council, my eyes saw David Hernandez and Tony Dolz sitting near Mr. Dogg. The company Mr. Dogg was keeping that day was good company indeed, savvy?

Of course, money grows on trees and those of you who must work for a living surely have more than you need. Why not give it away or let your elected officials squander it? That must have been the same thinking that drove voters to the polls to vote for the exact opposite.

Instead of getting mad, get even. Surely there must be something called "taxpayer revenge". But it will be a long time coming.

November 17, 2006 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter you missed the big story that e-mails are flying citywide about. Is the honeymoon over between LA Slimes and Antonio.
School district lawsuit sheds light on a Villaraigosa committee, which may allow donors to circumvent contribution limits.

It is a dream come true for any politician: a committee that can raise unlimited money and spend it on almost any political or policy-related purpose. And that's exactly what Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has enjoyed with his Committee on Excellence and Accountability, a fundraising vehicle he used to win authority over the Los Angeles Unified School District.

November 17, 2006 10:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

weiss will probably become the next city attorney. After all, incompetence is routinely rewarded in LA public service. Just look at Bernard Parks.

November 17, 2006 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you for mentioning the CRA. Do you out there have any idea what a rip off the CRA is?

They take the tax increment for a project for decades and hand feed it to the developers.

The increasing lack of services and infrastructure are then sneakily funded whenever possible by passing bonds to raise the taxes of property owners-aka-the destruction of Prop 13 which no longer has an organization behind it-forget Howard Jarvis-they supported Prop 90 which the citizens had the sense to vote down.

November 20, 2006 11:10 PM  

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