This week, a third of the nation’s highest paid CIty Council members are absent entirely and those who are there might just as well be elsewhere since they spent so little time in the Council Chambers during the abbreviated sessions that lasted less than two hours.
They were in such a hurry to get on with their partying they cut the public comment period from two minutes to one for the dozens of ordinary people who trekked downtown to appeal for justice and common sense.
Council President Eric Garcetti mocked one citizen who complained there wasn’t a quorum present, suggesting the missing members were in the toilet but could still listen to the entreaties of the citizenry from that vantage point.
Amazingly, the few votes that were taken came out 10-0 even when only a handful of members were present around the horseshoe — proving the toilets must truly be well equipped.
And come Saturday, they will all be absent until Sept. 1 from one of their frequent vacations from city business.
Many might wish they might never come back in hopes that no government might prove to be better than bad government.
This is an imperious City Council that makes its own rules for its own benefit and the benefit of the special interests that keep them in office with their $180,000 salaries, cars, perks, huge servile staffs and slush funds befitting the princes and princesses they see in the mirror whenever they primp for the cameras.
They grow more arrogant by the day, more contemptuous of the people and the people’s interest.
The time has come to strike a blow to their bloated egos and fancy lifestyles, to put them on notice they are like the emperor who wore no clothes.
Let’s see them get around the “half-off solution” — the ballot measure to cut their salaries in half to a pauper’s $90,000 a year.
Let us at least send them a message that we see who they are, 15 self-servers who have lost their way, who are absent from their duty to people who depend on them for leadership.