The only time they give a damn about you is when you cast your vote.
That should be clear by how they have spent millions to keep independent voices from winning election to the City Council on Tuesday and tried to smear the reputations of anyone who posed a threat to them.
It should be clear from the City Council’s plan to vote Wednesday on the “Cesspool on Vine” office project in Hollywood at the same time it defiantly locks up $930 million in property taxes to thwart Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to abolish all CRAs as part of his effort to restore financial stability to California.
It should be clear from the decision of the Community Redevelopment Agency
to call a special board meeting for 8 a.m. on Monday with just 24 hours
notice to the public to approve dozens of actions involving tens of
millions of dollars without any kind of input from the people whose
lives are impacted.
There are 22 items on the CRA’s “special agenda,” items like $50,000 to hire a public relations firm and $700,000 to reward the law firm that put together the deal to perpetuate the destruction of the CRA with $930 million of money that could go to schools and cops and libraries if the state abolishes the agency.
There are projects that affect nearly every part of the city, including two in the Adelante-Eastside CRA project where the citizen advisory council was punished by having its fund cut off for daring to support the governor’s plan and given no opportunity to discuss the proposed projects as required by law.
Understand that the CRA has taken billions of property tax dollars and subsidized massive building projects, mainly in downtown and Hollywood, and the net impact on the city over the last 30 years is that there are one million more residents and 100,000 fewer jobs, according to the LAEDC.
If that doesn’t make it clear to you the extent of the failure of City Hall’s policies, nothing ever will..
You get one chance every two years to be heard so if you are among the 90 percent of registered voters who are likely to skip casting a ballot in this election, you never matter at all.
You have chosen to become a non-person in the civic life of your city, a passive bystander as decisions are made that affect the quality of your life, the education your kids get, the economic opportunities you have.
Be part of the solution, not part of the problem — Vote for Change Tuesday.