Do not deny your city, do not refuse your duty. This is a time of crisis, of great need, and where are you?
In Africa one week, partying with your girlfriend. In Iceland another week partying with your pals. At Mozza wining and dining on too many nights.
Well, I got news for you: The party is over. You’ve lost your cover story with the departure of Chief Bratton. Your people are hurting, struggling to pay their bills, hoping to keep their jobs or somehow find a new one if they have already lost their last.
You have turned school reform into an empty promise and the “green revolution” into a blank check for untold billions that will surely bounce for insufficient funds. You have bankrupted the city treasury and your solutions only make matters worse.
Your friends say you’re bored and depressed or maybe just hung over, irritable and distracted or maybe just paralyzed and without answers to the city’s crisis.
Well, the party’s over. The crisis is real. You asked for the job not once but twice and if it’s too much for you, or you’ve lost interest, then you need to get out of the way and get on with your life. We cannot afford the luxury of your narcissism any longer. Our troubles are too real, the threats to our individual and collective futures too great.
You have squandered your credibility and the love of the people, become a political showman instead of a political leader, given away the public wealth to opportunists while ignoring the broad public interest.
At a time of crisis, you are invisible.
You knew the deal to balance the city budget was a disaster, yet you went along with it and now that it’s blowing up as a fiscal fraud, you are nowhere to be found.
You have run out of excuses. Betrayal of vows of fidelity or the unspoken vows of friendship are serious matters but nothing compared to the betrayal of the sacred trust to uphold the Constitution, the laws of the State of California and the Charter of the City of Los Angeles.
You took that oath as Mayor again just five weeks ago and then you disappeared and abdicated your sworn duty at a time the city faces great challenges and grave dangers.
There are no easy answers for this crisis. No cheap slogans like “shared sacrifice” will make the problems go away.
Humble yourself and admit you don’t know what to do. Reach out beyond the narrow inner circle of those who do not see beyond their own self-interest, bring the people into your confidence and face the realities of the situation before it is too late.
We do not have to be two warring families — the insiders and the outsiders. We can come together and work together. But time is running short, time is being wasted and the city’s financial crisis grows more severe by the day.
It’s your choice to make now before events make the choice for you.