The City Council takes up the city budget for 2011-12 at 9 a.m. today and the only questions to be resolved is who will be hurt the worst, whose lives will be put at the greatest risk.
It would be wrong to call what will go on deliberations since that would suggest there are going to be thoughtful discussions and deep analysis.
What will get is the usual posturing and hot air while decisions are made in back rooms and Council members go along obediently save for occasional face-saving gestures to their constituents.
Sometime after Tuesday’s half-hour Council meeting, back room participants in City Hall’s shadow government came to the realization that borrowing $50 million through unsecured commercial paper to cover just 10 percent of the deficit was probably a bad idea.
By late afternoon, Jay Handal, chair of the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, was getting a call from City Hall telling him that all funding for the city’s 93 NCs might be reduced from $45,000 to zero, or close to zero.
“Basically they are gutting and shutting down the neighborhood council system,” Handal told LA Weekly’s Mars Melnicoff.
A short while later, Handal and Dan Wiseman of the Budget Advocates sent out an email blast to all NC members urging them to come to City Hall today and join in the 10 a.m. news conference with a broad coalition of community groups urging the Council to fix LA without more games and gimmicks.
“Show your opposition to this “same old – same old” style budget that DOES NOT SOLVE the City’s real fiscal problems but just perpetuates them,” they said. “Ssupport the 15 RECOMMENDATIONS (NCBA RECOMMENDATIONS.doc) proposed by your NC BUDGET ADVOCATES.”
that the City discontinue this destructive contraction of funds,
employees and City Services and institute FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY.”
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