If I had the time, technology and knowhow, I could make an Oscar winning movie out of the council’s amazing performance Wednesday as it sold off another chunk of the city to the man who already owns so much of L.A. — Phil Anschutz.
Given how City Hall has handed Anschutz and his company AEG hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks, it’s a wonder that it took 12 years to finalize a deal that Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller admitted was already a done deal when the terms of the Staples Center Project were being negotiated.
Frankly, the council session on this matter — giving AEG the right to put more than 75 billboards and flashing electronic signs covering some 50,000 square feet of the L.A. Convention Center — was as cynical and dishonest as any I’ve ever seen.
Only Bill Rosendahl questioned it and for one of the few times in recent memory broke the council’s unanimity by casting the lose dissenting vote.
My words are nowhere near as compelling as he council’s own so I’ve culled videos that capture what the lone wolf had to say, how Janice Hahn and others performed their deceitful roles and finally the indications that the $2 million a year from this visual blight is nothing compared to what this will cost for road improvements, neighborhood redevelopment and rebuilding the old wing of the Convention Center.
You be the judge of whether there is honor among thieves:
Video Exhibit 1: Would you be better off with Mayor Rosendahl?
Video Exhibit 2: How do Councilwoman Janice Hahn and CLA Gerry Miller keep a straight face?
Video Exhibit 3.
How $2 million in revenue required tens of millions in investment
Video Exhibit 4: GM Abassi suggests the old Convention Center doesn’t meet AEG standards