Showing their utter contempt for the public, the nation’s highest paid city officials failed to show up for Tuesday’s City Council meeting, forcing its cancellation for lack of a quorum.
Despite the performance of Council President Eric Garcetti as he chatted merrily with Paul Krekorian seated next to him, it seems pretty clear that talks are going on in back rooms and with legislators on what to do next and the failure of Council members to show up was just another staged action.
State Controller John Chiang’s decision to audit LA’s CRA along with 17 others across the state puts them all on notice that the games they have played with the public’s money are going to be part of the debate.
Unlike some smaller communities that use most of their CRA to actually build decent affordable housing and rebuild their infrastructure, most of LA’s money goes to the drain in subsidies for luxury hotels, condos and entertainment as well as funding for politically connected non-profits that support the City Hall machine.
If LA’s own controller Wendy Greuel wants to stake out her position as a mayoral candidate, she needs to beat Chiang to the punch and expose the scandal at the CRA. Of course, she is a supporter of CRA CEO Chris Essel so don’t expect much, a whitewash at best.