CurbedLA writer Dakota Smith got the first shot at the mayor’s astonishing video promoting AEG’s plan to build an NFL stadium downtown on Convention Center property and was told it didn’t cost taxpayers a dime to make.
“Arielle J. Goren, press secretary for the Mayor’s office, acknowledges
that no stadium proposal deal is really yet on the table,” Smith reported, “but ‘we would
prefer to have a stadium built within the city of LA.’ She also insists
that ‘no costs’ to the city were incurred to make this video, which was
made by the Mayor’s new media team, according to Goren. The new media
team consists of one full-time person and a handful of interns, she
Wait just a minute, aren’t those city workers using city equipment and driving all over town in a city vehicle on city time to shoot video of people cheering for an NFL team?
How many other city workers were involved in the project to propagandize for a stadium proposal that doesn’t exist — supposedly — and has a “blue-ribbon panel” of backers ready to examine it when it does?
Whatever happened to the mayor’s outrageous policy of full cost recovery?
You know the policy that makes taxpayers pay the “full cost” of every service they get from the city like trash pickup, ambulances and just about everything else.
It’s the same policy applied to city departments that has forced parks and libraries to close because they are forced to choose between paying salaries and paying for water, power and everything else that can be applied.
You can be sure if the full cost recovery policy was applied to this video, the bill would run into many thousands of dollars, taxpayer dollars, dollars needed to keep the city afloat.
“No costs” and “full costs” — it’s the mayor’s situational financial policies that have gotten the city into all this trouble on his watch.without him ever making a video or even a speech discussing the extent of the city’s money problems let alone offering solutions.
So when Antonio swears on a stack of Bibles that AEG’s secret plan to build an NFL stadium will be “100 percent” paid for by billionaire Phil Anschutz at “no cost” to the public, you have to assume he’s using the same bookkeeping method he used to declare this astonishing video didn’t cost a dime.