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Getting Serious about LA’s Sidewalk Repairs: A Five-Point ‘Let’s-Get-On-with-It’ Plan

Ken Alpern
FIXING LA-Last Tuesday night's City Council Board of Public Works and Budget Committees met and allowed a lot of good public input to a series of concerned and available Councilmembers and City officials. The attendance and input were both outstanding--I want to thank Councilmember Mike Bonin, in particular, for allowing the outreach and advice to…

Latino Politicians Putting Climate Change Ahead of Constituents

Joel Kotkin
POLITICS-Racial and economic inequality may be key issues facing America today, but the steps often pushed by progressives, including minority politicians, seem more likely to exacerbate these divisions than repair them. In a broad arc of policies affecting everything from housing to employment, the agenda being adopted serves to stunt upward…

Worlds Apart on Kathryn Steinle: When Political Opportunism Reigns Supreme

John Mirisch
MUSING WITH MIRISCH-The small Swedish Jewish Museum in Stockholm is tucked away on a side street. Discreet signage instructs would-be visitors to push a button which activates a camera, so they can be screened before they are granted entry. The museum's permanent exhibition fills one fairly small room. Most of the objects on display are Jewish…

Garcetti Passes, Wesson Fails

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-Our Los Angeles Times has issued midterm letter grades for Controller Ron Galperin (B-) and City Attorney Mike Feuer (B+) and will be posting grades for City Council President Herb Wesson this Sunday and Mayor Eric Garcetti the following Sunday. Our City is facing many difficult issues, ranging from a lagging economy, relatively high…

What LA Really Needs: A Part-time City Council and a Part-time Mayor!

Dennis Zine
JUST THE FACTS-There are so many serious and pressing problems facing the City of Los Angeles and few if any real solutions are being proposed or implemented by our elected and appointed leaders at City Hall. I will start with the current city budget. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had a $7.7 billion total budget in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.…

Why Don’t the City’s Women Managers Hire More Women?

Denyse Selesnick
MY TURN-Perusing the web is a little like the soap operas of yesteryear. You get suckered in! One link leads to another link and then one is exposed to a barrage both facts and idiocy. The reason for this discussion was my attending a July Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) meeting with the Department of Water and Power. General…

Cleaning Up LA City Hall: ‘It’s What’s Legal That’s the Problem’

Bob Gelfand
GELFAND’S WORLD-Everyone understands that developers own our city government. Sure, there are some officials here and there who are upright and independent, but recent history shows that the developers typically get their way in spite of public opposition. Whether it is a zoning change for an office tower or the required permits for a new mall,…

Not So Fast LA! Let’s Consider the Real Costs of Hosting the Olympics before We Jump In

Greg Nelson
SPORTS POLITICS-On Monday, Boston withdrew from its offer to be the nation’s bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. In January, Los Angeles finished second to Boston when the U.S. Olympic Committee made its decision. After Boston was selected to polish up its bid before submitting it to the International Olympic Committee for a final decision,…

Party Crashing for Political Access: Schwarzenegger and My Pantsuit

Charlotte Laws
CALIFORNIA ACCESS POLITICS-Party crashing—or gate-crashing, as it is sometimes called—is an art form that I stumbled upon as a teen. I taught myself how to finagle into any event, anywhere, anytime. It required being part private eye, part actress and part chutzpah machine. I had to think outside of the box, throw myself into the role, and whip my…

 

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Our Own Antonio Reaches for the Big Time

POLITICS - Our very own mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, is being named the Chairman of the Democratic Convention.

This is a recognition of his high visibility as a young, dynamic, Hispanic leader in the Democratic Party. Or is it? Maybe it is the utter failure of the Obama Whitehouse to see him as we see him.
Yes, to be sure he has energy. He is indeed dynamic and visible and, yes, Hispanic. But as for what Bush Senior called "the vision thing," not so much. And as for the accomplishment thing? Again he falls short. He falls short of the ideal and even of adequacy.

He came to our mayorship in a blaze of glory. Would he be a skyrocket continuing to soar or a shooting star burning up in a rapid plunge? He fell. He fell to the temptation of nearly every LA mayor.

He started thinking too far ahead and forgot the job of actually governing. (Mr. Trutanich, are you paying attention?) Every LA Mayor starts thinking: "I could be governor." Then, thinking another move ahead, "Wow! I could be president!" Many a fair-haired boy has foundered on these rocky shoals of hubris and ambition--the Scylla and Charybdis of politic.

Add to this the Hollywood factor and all the tinsel and starlight. Thinking he was either JFK or Clinton, he took up with two TV news people (Female). This did diminish his family-values value since he was married at the time. But more than either a moral issue or even judgment, was the symbolism, the indication that he had gone Hollywood.

I wish him well with the next step of his career, but I do fear for the Democratic Party and the failure of the Whitehouse to dig deep enough beneath his veneer and find out what his own constituents think of him.

(Jonathan Dobrer is an op-ed contributor to the Daily News and Friendly Fire and is a syndicated columnist. This column was posted first at Friendly Fire. More on Jonathan and his books at www.Dobrer.com)
-cw

Tags: Mayor Villaraigosa, Democratic Party, Whitehouse, Obama, Carmen Trutanich




CityWatch
Vol 10 Issue 14
Pub: Feb 17, 2012

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