HERE ARE SOME OF THE BIG PICTURE THINGS I HAVE DISCUSSED DURING THE COUNCIL MEETINGS THAT MAY HELP GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO WHAT HAS CAUGHT MY ATTENTION AS I HAVE SCANNED CITY COUNCIL AGENDAS FOR OVER THREE YEARS.
Special Event Fee Waiver Abuse:
HOUSING POLICY: Lack thereof; and illegal condo-conversions in violation of vacancy rates. Expressed concerns that city was going all "upscale" (Million dollar condos no one could afford and they would end up sitting vacant and end up dropping in price so much.)
DWP Water Shortage (based on a Federal Judges comments on Colorado River) and predicted rates would skyrocket:
LACERS (City Employee Pension Money) being invested in shady investments and crony real estate projects:
The Recession the Subprime/Foreclosure Mess Would Cause:
WARNED Council of Budget Crisis That Would Be Hitting City. Predicted situation would be so bad, people would be getting fired and services would be lost:
Warned that Mayor's budget was FAKE budget: It STILL is!
AND, as I look back and fast-forward through all my public comments before the city and city council, the biggest thing I have probably said, over and over is...CUT WASTEFUL SPENDING! MAKE SURE THE STATE AND FEDERAL MONEY FOR THE COMMUNITY, MAKES IT INTO THE COMMUNITY, AND NOT INTO THE HANDS OF POLITICIANS AND THEIR CRONIES!
When Council FINALLY reacted to Zuma Dogg's comments on the need to cut wasteful spending, they finally addressed the issue a couple times with their discussion of "belt-tightening measures." Zuma Dogg BLASTED them, because all I ever saw was DISCUSSION of meausres...I NEVER HEARD ON SINGLE PENNY CUT FOR ONE SINGLE THING. Just discussion that it needed to be addressed. I STILL haven't heard of ONE penny being saved. THERE IS NEVER A SINGLE PENNY THAT CAN BE CUT FOR ONE SINGLE DONUT SPRINKING CEROMONY!
So overall, as I look back on the past three years plus reading the agenda items on a day to day basis...I would say "CUT WASTEFUL SPENDING!!! DON'T JUST TALK ABOUT THE NEED FOR BELT TIGHTENING...CUT!!!" is the biggest overall message I have had; and all those other things were warnings to get started all along the way.
So yeah, when it comes time for a city council election, the bike riders want to know how you feel about bike paths; the horse people want to know how you feel about horse paths; the left-turn fanatics want to know how you feel about left turn signals; the person who doesn't like signs wants to know how you feel about signs...a lot of the stuff I am hearing is important to some of the people on the blogs is really petty to me to discuss in a council election. We are not running for Field Deputy or Chief of Staff.
I KNOW there are issues like the higher speed limits on residential streets; the crossing guard you need at your crosswalk; that tree that needs trimmed; that person's fence that is too high and all of those things...BUT I REALLY THINK SOME OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS I AM SPEAKING TO GO INTO THIS "NUTTY" NIMBY MODE DURING CAMPAIGN SEASON AND JUST SEEM SO PETTY AND SELFISH AS WELL...IT'S THE BIG, BIG STUFF THAT IS OF CRITICAL URGENCY AT THIS POINT. YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER THE BUS STOP HAS A PICTURE OF A FLOWER, OR ADVERTISING!!!
THE CITY IS IN CRISIS MODE!!!
WE ARE IN BIG-PICTURE, MACRO-MODE!!!
You'll love someone who says, "I will make sure the drinking fountain is replaced at the park and make sure they don't cut down that tree (or cut it down if you want it cut down)." Meanwhile, you don't even complain about a $7 BILLION dollar, city-crippling loss like that. Or don't go CRAZY when you find out YOUR CRA tax incriment money went to Related Cos for the belly-up, loser Grand Ave Project.
You are worried about the dog park, and they are funnelling money right out from under your nose and out of your district. IF YOU LIVE IN CD 2, YOU SHOULD BE SHOWING UP AT CITY HALL TO TELL THEM YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR HUD MONEY LOANED OUT TO A CIRCUS! That's how you get screwed while you are asking your candidates about the bike path.
YOU SHOULD BE SCREAMING...HOW COME I DO NOT SEE OR HEAR YOU TALKING ABOUT SAVING ONE PENNY IN THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS!!! (And talking about recouping Jackson Memorial costs is NOT the issue.)
You want your OWN library to stay open, and the parks open till midnight, and every pothole filled, and every tree trimmed...and you will chase your tails around on that...WHEN THE REASON WE ARE HAVING THESE PROBLEMS IS BECAUSE OF THE BIGGER PICTURE MONEY WASTING!
Don't ask me how I feel about keeping the libraries open, instead of closed; or about finishing the bike path: ADDRESS THE ISSUE THAT IS CAUSING THE CLOSURES AND PROJECTS TO BE STOPPED!
IT'S BIG PICTURE STUFF...You will be fighting for the right for a second rooster, and you and your spouce will lose your jobs and businesses over the stuff flying through that agenda that ZD has been trying to cut back.