Without a clue as to what they were doing or even why, the City Council in a joint meeting with the yes-men and yes-women of Community Redevelopment Agency board agreed Tuesday to sabotage the governor’s efforts to restore solvency to California.
They voted against the poor, against students in need of a quality education, against libraries, against public safety.
They voted to support welfare to the rich and crumbs for poverty pimps. They knew full well that the $930 million they were confiscating would otherwise go to keep teachers in their jobs, for cops on the street, for librarians, for health services and social service for the needist among us..
They disgraced themselves and they didn’t care. All they cared about what is good for the unions and the rich.
They did it because they think you don’t care either, that when the votes are counted late tonight, you will have re-elected LaBonge and Huizar and Cardenas and fallen for their phony ballot measures that don’t reopen libraries, solve the budget crisis, reduced pension burdens or brought accountability to DWP.
We’ll know soon enough if they are right.
The certainty is that the action the took today with only Paul Krekorian and the retiring Greig Smith objecting — LaBonge and Parks absent — will lead to lawsuits and countersuits when the Legislature abolishes all CRAs on Thursday or next week.
That will force Gov. Jerry Brown to slash spending for health care and education and social services of all sorts to the poor and needy and elderly. He will have no choice.
Those are the same people whose whose and needs have been betrayed by decades of taking billions of dollars in property taxes to subsidize maximize luxury projects for the benefit of giant corporations and the wealthy with crumbs off the table of power being gobbled up by non-profits that serve themselves far better than they do the poor and needy and elderly.
They were out in full force Tuesday along with small-time developers and city union officials egging the Council on.
Krekorian questioned the rush to judgment. Smith questioned the whole action. Koretz and Rosendahl questioned everything about the subterfuge but then rolled over and voted with their collegial gang.
It was shameless, a disgrace of public policy, a f— you to the people of Los Angeles and the state of California.