SHAKEN BUT UNDETERRED COUNCIL APPROVES MASSIVE TRASH FEE HIKE
Here’s the video of what happened when the quake hit
Even by the standards of the do-nothing LA. City Council with all its blustering and self-congratulations and burlesque theater, Tuesday’s session was pretty amusing.
It started late in a nearly empty chamber with a few sad souls lamenting as usual the big shots’ lack of respect for the little people and then turned comic as the house the taxpayers rebuilt for $300 million rolled on its $100 million quake-proof rollers. Finally, it descended into farce as the council voted to squeeze tens of millions of dollars out of the citizenry to conceal their incompetence.
And in the end, it was tragedy. All that money to protect themselves and then a lecture from the bantamweight City Controller on how their wicked ways had endangered the lives of four million people.
The vote was 11-1 to jack up trash fees for homeowners to $36 a month with even the so-called conservative Chatsworth Councilman Greig Smith insulting his constituents intelligence by claiming they lived off the poor for 50 years, stealing the money out of their pockets with free garbage pickup.
Only Dennis Ziine was confident enough to cast an easy lone no vote, offering obscure logic on why he wasn’t going along with everyone else even though the city — having squandered the biggest increase in revenue in its history — can’t pay its bills without breaking the social contract dating back to Sam Yorty.
Then, God spoke and shattered the indefatigable self-assurance he earned as a traffic cop.
“There goes the earthquake. Earthquake. Earthquake. Earthquake. Earthquake. We got an earthquake. Still happening. The building is rolling…You’re all safe in here so don’t leave the building…”
It seemed fitting that not too much later, after the vote, Controller Laura Chick rolled in to the Council Chamber to make an urgent report on her latest audit finding that the mayor, council and bureaucrats have failed miserably as managers and keepers of the public trust in the most important of all their functions, emergency preparedness.
Think about it next time you fall into the sway of these people: They spent your money to protect themselves with the most advanced technology in the world and left all of you to fend for yourselves when quakes, brushfires, mudslides or other calamities hit as they so often do.