Garcetti gets Mayoral Endorsement of Old Gray Collectivist Hag on Spring Street
Memo to Old Gray Collectivist Hag, is Eric Garcetti the truer personification of the American Dream instead of your Parke-crafted political poster boy of the "LA Antonio Times Era", Failed Mayor Antonio Villar?
Controller Wendy Greuel is smart and ambitious, and she has enjoyed the built-in advantage of being city government's official critic, making her the chief advocate for voters and taxpayers. To some degree she has been an able fiscal watchdog, insisting, for example, that the city build up a prudent reserve fund as council members sought to instead spend down the inadequate reserve to avoid layoffs. But she has failed to fulfill her office's potential.Four years ago, she asserted that because she was less abrasive than her predecessor, Laura Chick, she would be more successful in getting City Hall to heed her audits and follow her advice. She now acknowledges that City Hall has not been responsive but claims that she could, as mayor, do what she could not do as controller. That is not an argument that inspires confidence.Nor has (The Villar) Greuel been as innovative as Chick, who saw the potential of her office beyond performing audits and critiquing the status quo. For example, as others in City Hall read and prepared to shelve a report from the Advancement Project's Connie Rice on dealing with the city's growing gang problem, Chick studied it, championed it and demanded that failed programs be dropped and a new one based on Rice's blueprint be housed directly in the mayor's office. In so doing, Chick forced City Hall to rethink itself and to discover new, effective partnerships and protocols for measuring success. She made her office count. She showed the type of initiative and creativity demonstrated on the council by Garcetti. In comparison, Greuel has been overly cautious and less effective than she could have been. It is hard to see how she would rise to the challenge as mayor given her record as controller.
As the "Westside White Guy" (WWG) Kevin Roderick said regarding the editorial smackdown of the third term incarnation of former "Pop Star Mayor" Antonio Villar, OUCH!!
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Scott Johnson in CD 14