As the City of Los Angeles is facing it's massive budget crisis that is causing L.A. City Mayor Anotnio Villaraigosa to have to endure standing in the room with actual and real people and jump around like Mickey Mouse back and forth with his charts to present his budget proposal before small and intimate crowds like the one Zuma Dogg attended last night in Tarazan.
The mayor did a great job in the presentation (compared to his usual stuttering and stammering in TV media interviews) so I was the mayor at his best. Except the crowd wasn't buyin' it.
Basically, the mayor screwed up the city so badly, he is now going to have to fire city workers as a result of his fiscal irresponsibility during his first term.
The budget the mayor presented to City Council that they will be voting on requires a "yes" vote from all the unions in order to prevent job loss and more imortantly, a loss in city services at a time when we will be needing MORE city services.
HOWEVER, if you heard the EAA's Bob Aquino today at City Hall for public comment and have heard what some other unions have said in response to Villar's request for workers to give back what the mayor negotiated with them when he was running for re-election.
YOU CAN CHECK MY PUBLIC COMMENTS THAT ENRAGED PEOPLE LIKE MIRIAM AND DONNA WHEN I SAID THE MAYOR IS NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO DELIVER ON HIS PROMISE OF RAISES LAST YEAR, THEN ADDING, YOU WILL HAVE TO ACTUALLY GIVE BACK.
It OUTRAGED a lot of usual ZD fans. But here we are...he promised the rasises and benefits when he was running, and NOW you aren't going to get them and if you don't agree to the cuts many WILL be fired.
But what does the mayor care if you get fired? HE won't be fired. And if he decides to run for Governor of California, even though that dream is quickly fading, it will look good if he throws a bunch of people under the bus and fire them, after he fucked up the entire city beyond any kind of repair and all hell is about to break loose and the plan he is pitching around town is going down in flames bigger than the Hindenberg, ontop of his Measure B loss and $7 Billion dollar LACER loss and overall first term loss.
THE PROBLEM WITH THE MAYOR: He's a nice guy. And I DO believe the mayor is a nice guy. But he's getting bamboozled by everyone around him. Eric Garcetti is running roughshot around him, running circles around him in the first place. Yes, some of it is because they changed the Charter which took power away from the mayor and made city council more powerful in the day to day agenda items that are destroying the city. AND, it is the people around the mayor, in the mayor's office who are all trying to run away with power and do shit out of their own office with their own little powerbases.
The mayor is completely insulated and isolated. All the people around have two goals each day:
1) Try and hide what we are doing/getting away with from the mayor.
2) If something goes wrong, make sure to hide it from the mayor.
So they have him running around, all over the place, keeping him busy. But besides that, they just tell him enough of what he needs to know and wants to hear until his A.D.D. kicks in.
You have Robin Kramer, the mayor's Cheif of Staff who is really running the show based on her Richard Riordan and Eli Broad based agendas. And you have Jimmy Blackmon who is the only other person who can get anything done at City Hall.
So if you want to blame ANYONE who is at fault for running the city into the ground...THE LIST IS LONG, but ONE PERSON you really cannot blame is that adorable, charming, charasmatic guy on the screen (Antonio Villaraigosa). Everyone in the city had him auditioning for the lead role in Helen Keller and it seem Antonio likes it that way.
So at the end of the day, Zuma Dogg says, that although Antonio didn't have anything to do with the city's problems because he has nothing to do with anything, it's his name on the pizza box, so he gets the blame.
HEY ANTONIO...WAKE UP!!! OPEN YOUR EYES!!! YOU'RE BEING BAMBOOZLED.
But it's not his fault.