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Monday, November 06, 2006

Mayor Sam's Proposition Recommendations

Here are my recommendations for the ballot measures on Tuesday's ballot.


















Anonymous Anonymous said:

Regarding Prop H.... you know I agree in a big way.

I had a disturbing conversation with two staunch (and relatively well-known) pro-H advocates a couple of days ago. One works with a nonprofit that deals with “affordable housing.” I won’t mention their names so as not to embarrass them, although they surely deserve it. This was our exact conversation.

They both started by saying that housing in L.A. is not affordable for the middle income. They said they were both voting in favor of Prop H.

I countered, “It is affordable. The middle-income buy houses every day.”

Person A (who works with the nonprofit) asked, “Where?”

I replied, “In the San Fernando Valley for one.”

She answered, “I know it's affordable there. but we don’t want to live in the San Fernando Valley. We don’t like it there.”

What an arrogant statement! She made it clear that these middle-income first-time buyers were entitled to live wherever they wanted. and the Valley was simply not good enough for them. I replied, “So your buyers should be subsidized to live wherever they want? What about Beverly Hills?”

She avoided the Beverly Hills part and said, “We want to keep them in our neighborhood. This is where their families are. Prices are so high that I couldn’t afford to buy my own house.”

I asked, “What is your house worth?”

She said, ”1.75 million dollars.”

I now knew this woman was insane. I said, “So you want to make sure all middle-income buyers can live in your 1.75 million dollar neighborhood?”

She nodded yes, “They should be able to stay in the neighborhoods they know.”

I continued, “You work with affordable housing programs, Right? So your buyers have to qualify for subsidized housing. Correct?

She said, “Yes.”

I said,” What happens if after they qualify for their house and get settled in your neighborhood, then a year later they get a $10 raise that puts them above the income limit that they are allowed in order to retain their subsidized housing? Would you throw them out of their house?”

Surprisingly, she answered, “Absolutely!”

I countered, “I thought you wanted them to stay in your neighborhood?”

She replied, “Well, then they could afford to go somewhere else.”

This is what we are dealing with, folks – mental instability.

Charlotte Laws

November 06, 2006 9:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hell NO to Proposition 90! Look what happened to Oregon.

November 06, 2006 11:03 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Mayor Sam:

Way to F-ing go!

I think you nailed the Props 100%.

The only one I have been on the fence with is Prop. 90 (Eminant Domain) because a lot of people I would think would say "yes" were giving me some good reasons to actually so "no".

However, at the end of the day, I think a lot of it could be scare tactics, and I personally don't think I could pull the lever AGAINST private eminant domain protection at this point in time.

But everything else, "Hellz to the Yeah" and on Prop. 90, I personally WILL NOT be voting 'No", I may vote "yes" (if I get enough info in time), but at least will leave it blank, if not yes, so as not to vote no/against it.

And that's what I would suggest to any voter that isn't sure about something on the ballot, because they sure do make it shady and confusing and many times you end up voting for something that is actually "opposite" than what you wanted.

November 06, 2006 1:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

As an old dead democrat, I've wandered the corridors of City Hall many times over the years.

As those who are members in the current Democratic party would have me vote (Election Day is only time we who are dead come back to life), I plan to throw my old party a curveball. Here are my YES votes:

Prop. 1A
Prop. 1E
Prop. 83
Prop. 85
Prop. 90
Prop. J

All of the others get a NO out of me! Prop. 90 makes a lot of sense, it's too bad something like this wasn't included in the State Constitution sooner... a lot less people would have lost their homes through eminent domain. If Prop. 90 is defeated, watch for home and property owners to move somewhere outside the city limits.

The state-wide candidates I favor are (sigh!), believe it or not, all REPUBLICAN! My old party has completely lost touch with taxpayers!

Stephen C. Foster

November 06, 2006 6:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


It's a scam. It's a developers dream to scam the public under affordable housing initiative.

November 06, 2006 8:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now I know why no one reads this rag anymore. As for Charlotte "I've had my face pulled too tight too many times" Laws, I'm middle class. I wouldn't mind owning a home in the valley. I can't afford a house in the valley except the parts that have people that scare me even more than you. I can't even afford the shitty part of Van Nuys my best friend just moved out of - for cheaper nicer digs in Florida - because literally every other house on her block lived a family with at least one household member in jail. I'm so tired of reading assholes like you who either make up shit like this whole cloth, or take one conversation from one crazy person - almost as crazy as you - and paint the entire argument in those terms. This is not to say I agree or disagree with Prop. H but because you posted this insanity here, I'm voting FOR Prop. H just to cancel out your vote. As for the rest of you, you deserve this garbage dump you live in. You want no relief for transportation via mass transit, you want nothing done to clean up the air & water unless you and/or your friends can make a million dollars off the venture, and you actually think a fucking psycho like McClintock belongs anywhere but locked up in a mental institution. I remember when this blog had a lot of dialogue going & it got so insane I stopped reading a few months ago. Now I come back to find only the ultra-right wing freaks are still here. You're welcome to it.

November 06, 2006 8:41 PM  

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