Downtown Developer Tom Gilmore.
The Historic Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and other community groups in CD 14 would find it wise to take the advise of Downtown Developer Tom Gilmore, when faced with the pressure from the Office of City Councilman Jose Huizar, to cede your organizational control to the "Huizar Way".
As the Downtown BID backtracked (due to Saldana's denouncement by Huizar staff member Jessica Whortington McLean) on its nomination of Roberto Saldana to replace the formerly-ousted Executive Director Russell Brown, Gilmore rose up and made the following comment in a meeting that was more a shouting match than a civil discourse on BID affairs as noted in the Downtown News. Developer and property owner Tom Gilmore, who is not a board member, said the council office's involvement amounts to an "inappropriate intervention." He urged the board not to let it influence their choice of a director.
"If all of the legal mumbo jumbo here to set this up for the next meeting is just duck and cover to create a new vote to undo what you did, you have lost your soul," Gilmore said. "The politics here are [expletive], I assure you.... No one will support a board that can't make a real decision. I certainly won't."........ and the reason the politics are "F...ed" in organizations like the BID, Neighborhood Councils, Park Advisory Boards, CBOs and even youth associations, is because you have an insecure, vindictive person in office who believes that adherence to the "Huizar Way" should be the paramount concern of his constituents.
Thus, if you call out your City Councilman as Saldana's did in a LA Weekly article during the contentious CD 14 Campaign, then the "Huizar Way" is to put pressure on your respective organization to silence you or remove you. Sounds so undemocratic buts that the norm in CD 14.Your thoughts...............
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Labels: "COUNCILMAN LAST SEEN AS JOSE HUIZAR, Historic Downtown BID, Tom Gilmore