"Councilman Richard Alarcon laughing at community opposition to trucking school"
It is safe to say that CD 2/7 City Councilman Richard Alarcon, runs his council fiefdom under the notion that what is good for the "Zorro Marxist" political agenda, takes precedent over the will of the community.
Take for example the controversy over the "Zorro Marxist's" plan for a truck driving school at the closed Lopez Canyon Landfill. The landfill which was closed in 1996 and re-zoned as "open space" is now being targeted by the CD 2/7 councilperson, as a training ground for unionize teamsters big-rig drivers.
Alarcon has the support of Mayor Antonio Parkervillar, the Teamsters Union and about a dozen community groups according to the Los Angeles Times.
But remember that earlier note about the new land use designation for Lopez Canyon? Since the area now is declared "open space", the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and multiple community groups, are in opposition to Alarcon's quest to implement his driving school proposal.
Residents and community activists who for years put up with truck loads of garbage, the sounds of tractors and the air quality issues associated with these activities, smell something "politically nefarious" regarding the truck school proposal.
"This sets a dangerous precedent for thousands of open spaces," said Joe
Barrett of the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance, a community group that got involved out
of concern about the open-space issue.
Alarcon, for his part calls these concerns "selfish", citing the needs to create jobs, but one wonders if there is some other industrial acreage available within the "Zorro Marxist's" collective to place this "workers driving academy"?
The "hawks" include the likes of Greig Smith, Bernard Parks, Jan Perry and Dennis Zine, no surprises there.
The "doves" include the likes of Richard Alarcon, Herb Wesson, Paul Koretz, Janice Hahn..... and Jose Huizar??
Huizar deserves the title of "budgetary opportunist", because he will take the side that best can help his re-election chances in 2011.
** Interesting tidbit on the future of Recreation and Parks. A community activist happen to chance upon a meeting of "connected non-profits/community groups" and the Mayor's office where the subject matter was future public/private partnerships to provide recreation programming at various recreation facilities city wide.
Rec. and Parks General Manager Jon K. Mukri also announced during a meeting with park advocates that Asst. General Manager Vicki Israel would become the "Asst. General Manager for Partnerships".
What future impact do these "backroom dealings" have for the employees of the department? Lets just say that somewhere close to 800 part-time employees of the department will lose their jobs by October 1, 2010. For those who frequent recreation facilities, it is these employees who inplement programs on a daily basis.
It should also be noted that the "connected non-profit" Legacy LA
, is undertaking a new, innovated gang prevention program. Its called forming and coaching a baseball team at Hazard Park in Boyle Heights.
Confirms for me that Recreation and Parks employees have been providing gang prevention and intervention programing all along.
........ and just how can your "connected non-profit/community group" become a future partner in Mayor Parkervillar's plans for Recreation and Parks? This might help.
06/27/08 Maria Lourdes Calanche (Instructor, LA Community College District) Los Angeles, CA 90031 Antonio Villaraigosa Mayor 1305101 - Antonio R. Villaraigosa for Mayor 2009 A - Monetary Contribution Received (IND - Individual) [Period: 01/01/08-06/30/08] $1,000.00
Lets call this the franchise fee.
Your thoughts and open comments.
Scott Johnson in CD 14.
Labels: 2010/2011 city budget, ed reyes, Lopez Canyon landfill, mayor antonio villaraigosa, Richard Alarcon