With the audacity of a man distracting the world for a thousand failures, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa chose the 40th anniversary of mankind’s first walk on the moon to pump his plan to save the Earth from global warming.
And he got Huffington Post, no less, to carry his toxic hot air to the world:
“It was only fitting, then, that today I signed a partnership
agreement between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Los
Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to explore ways to
decrease water usage, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and stimulate green
job growth in Los Angeles,” reads the post attributed to the mayor.
“You see, the next great hurdle we face, the next dream we must make
a reality, is combating climate change. We must work together to combat
climate change head-on and reverse its course. If we do not, there
might not be a planet left for our future generations.”
I’d have thought the next great hurdle in LA was to provide jobs for the 13 percent of the people who are jobless and the 13 percent more who don’t even count in the statistics.
Or reduce the 75-year backlog in street and sidewalk paving.
Or ease traffic congestion now rather than build a subway extension 20 years from now.
Or save the quality of life in the neighborhoods.
Or end the scourge of 40,000 gangsters who control the turf in half the city.
Or to actually balance the city budget and end runaway spending and stop giving sweetheart contracts to unions, developers, consultants, lawyers and all the other insiders who cut their deals in the darkness of back rooms.
Need I go on.
“The Next Great Challenge” is how the mayor hypes this deal that puts JPL in bed with the city’s favorite cash cow, the Department of Water and Power, which is hiking rates faster than a rocket ship launched to the moon.
“We are setting the stage to be at the forefront of the clean tech
revolution that will drive the new, green economy and relegate global
warming to the prologue of the Great Book on America in the 21st
Century,” the mayor concludes.
Is that why we elected him mayor? Is that why we have a city government? Is City Hall that screws up everything it touches from elephant exhibits at the zoo to digital billboards in our neighborhoods and pot shops on every street corner really up to the task of writing the “Great Book on America in the 21st
I’m no rocket scientist but I’ve got a better idea: Let’s send the mayor and the CIty Council on a mission to the moon, or better yet Mars. That way they’ll all be term-limited out by the time the return and we won’t have to put up with their nonsense anymore.
In the meantime, I’m certain us ordinary mortals could go to work on the problems we actually can fix and even make the city more environmentally healthier.
Just getting rid of their poisonous political games would be a giant leap for the four million who call LA home.