by Zuma Dogg
You can say "screw em...it's called restoration and cleaning up the neighborhood and raising property values and profits for owners." And ZD used to engage the Mayor Sam philosphy on this matter, as well. (Why does the Charter mandate affordable housing requirements on City projects (even though they unlawfully ignore it), and why should the City even get involved, after all, we live in a free market society -- and those bums can go get a better, higher-paying job?!?!
Here's why. We need people to "clean out toilets" as the mayor brought to our attention. Plus, we need teachers, and police, and trash collectors, and cooks, and office workers, and assistants, bus drivers, and baggage handlers, and a lot of other lower paying jobs that the community needs to continue to tick.
Ashwani Vasishth (Department of Urban Studies and Planning, California State University, Northridge, who I interviewed for my SCAG article is the guy who really drove it home for me, during our phone conversations. He says, "You just can't have the rich living downtown in expensive lofts and the poor people living further and further out. You can only have a successful downtown if you have rich and poor living in the same area."
The commute is killing the community. Today's Daily Breeze says, "Jammed roads are people's top concern -- gangs number two among a survey of 1400 Angelinos." And jammed roads are what occurs when you have a downtown metropolis where you remember to apporve the high density project, but forget to remember the number of required affordable housing unit to be factored into the project.
Then you have that "The Downtown Destroyer"CM Jan Perry call me off topic for mentioning that the City is ignoring affordable housing requirements as mandated by the City Charter, during my public comment on an agenda item about an "affordable housing" program. The dispicable bitch, who will now be having the privilidge of prving me off topic in Federal Court, missed the point because she was too busy being pompus and ignorant and accepting campaign contributions.
IF YOU STOPPED IGNORNING THE CITY CHARTER, AND HAD THE DEVELOPERS BUILD THE DAMN 20% AFFORDABLE HOUSING LIKE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO -- YOU WOULDN"T HAVE TO SPEND AS MUCH MONEY ON ALL THESE SOCIAL PROGRAMS, AFTER THE FACT. And here's the point, you lethargic bitch...ALL THE OTHER COMMITTEE MEMEBERS WERE NODDING THEIR HEADS UP AND DOWN IN AGREEMENT WITH THE BIG ZD...SO HOW CAN THAT BE OFF TOPIC....AND PEOPLE THANKED ME FOR SAYING IT, AFTERWARD...NO WONDER YOU DIDN'T WANT ME TO SAY IT YOU GENTRIFYING INCOMPETENT TRADER, COUNCILMEMBER JAN PERRY. Now we can let a judge decide if ZD was off topic...Meanwhile -- YOU'RE STILL GONNA BUIILD THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING NOW, ANYWAY --- SO NEXT TIME YOU KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT, JAN PERRY, WHILE MINE IS OPEN -- IT'LL ALL BE OVER IN TWO MINUTES - AND YOU WON'T BE HIRING OUTSIDE COUNCIL LIKE ED REYES. Now go build the damn housing. You can't run a city without workers. And we can't keep pushing them further and further out, cause the commute is killing us, you greedy discgrace to elected office.