Garcetti lowers himself to pandering for second Latino County Supervisor District
Listening to the rhetoric over the last few weeks, one could get the impression that LA County is being run by the racist cabal of Jim Crow, Bull Conner and George Wallace and the minority masses "will go legal" in the quest for racial justice.
But in reality, everyone has a little racial consciousness within their inner persona that sometimes reigns over the judging of character in the selection of their political leaders, as witness with today's proceedings (This blogger voted for Villar over Hahn in 2005, thus guilty as stated ). And lurking to take advantage of those members of the voting public are the likes of City Council President Eric Garcetti, who envisions himself being the leader someday (2013) of the nation's second largest municipal melting pot.
Garcetti, who's record of policy accomplishment is about as shallow as today's racial dialog at the Hall of Administration, did himself a disservice today by his calculated stance in support of an additional "Latino Supervisory District" within the county. We understand Garcetti's compelling tale of his Grandfather encounters with a racial past that all would repudiate, as being the basis for his stance today. But most Angelinos will also remember the tales of "overcoming the odds" by a "certain current officeholder" and how six years later, the faith they put in that person have been taxed to the limits, in heart and wallet.
Thus for once, as the redistricting debate continues on Temple Street, can we have political leaders who will stand at the podium and speak to an audience of Angelinos without the blinders of race that predicates their pursuit of future political gains .... and rest assure that our political community has mature to a level where character trumps race in the future selection of our leaders?
Scott Johnson in CD 14