The RonKayeLA/OurLA news desk got a call the other day from a reporter asking questions about our mayor’s travels, obviously hoping to put together a piece accusing Antonio of globe trotting while the city sinks deeper into economic depression.
These hit pieces are clichés: They don’t take much work and they’re almost impossible to disprove.
But as far as this dog is concerned, Antonio could travel to the moon first-class – and bring girlfriend Lu Parker and her dog Monkey – if it meant more jobs for Los Angeles.
If you haven’t noticed, it’s gruesome out there. The jobless rate in LA is now at 13.4 percent. Grrrrrrrr!
Don’t think it’s that bad? I heard of somebody who put an ad on Craigslist last week for a barely paid intern and got applications from as far away as Georgia – and that was from a lawyer.
And for all the talk about how Bill Bratton eliminated crime, three guys robbed the Tiffany jewelery store at 6:30 last night – in the Westfield Century City shopping mall! (Three hours free parking but I’m sure they didn’t spend that long there.) Who knows about the culprits’ job status, but if we don’t do something soon, LA could end up being more dangerous than downtown Johannesburg. (Guess we’d have to lure Bratton back.)
That’s why I began growling and barking this morning when I read that Antonio cancelled a trip to Washington to deal with unemployment because it’s raining.
OK, I know it’s raining pretty hard (I spend a lot of time in the doghouse in the backyard), but it’s not like the mayor’s going to jump into a swollen storm drain and save a puppy – unless it’s Monkey — even if he is in better shape because of meatless Mondays and yoga.
He’s staying because he doesn’t want to miss the opportunity for press conferences wearing one of those cool firefighter turnout coats he looks ridiculous in.
Antonio was going to Washington to, among other things, lobby for what’s called the 30/10 Initiative, which, simply put, means we’d do the three decades of transit work approved by you folks in Measure R in just one decade.
The proponents of this plan say it would create 127,800 transit construction jobs in Los Angeles County alone and at least 2,800 permanent operations and maintenance jobs.
That’s a lot of kibble on a lot of tables. Let’s get the guy on a plane – now!
Meanwhile, the mayor did find time though to appear on an episode of “All My Children,” which just moved production to LA. That creates some jobs and our newly svelte mayor (meatless Mondays and yoga) loves the attention.
Maybe that’s why he and the Council are today ordering everyone in city government to do cartwheels for Hollywood. We need more production jobs in LA and the mayor will probably get an Actor’s Equity card for being so helpful.