Developer Rick Caruso tested the waters of the San Fernando Valley business community Friday morning and found a highly receptive audience for his campaign for mayor.
Not the Caruso is running for mayor any more than Zev, Wendy, Jan, Austin, Kevin, Alex or Eric but he did outline his views on the state of the city and what he might do about all that’s wrong if he did jump into the race to succeed Antonio Villaraigosa in 2013.
The venue was the United Chambers of Commerce of the Valley awards breakfast held at the Marriott Hotel and while many political staffers were in attendance, the only officeholder who showed was Dennis Zine. who promised to make sure the billionaire developer got an Antonio bobblehead after Caruso quipped he doesn’t speak for the current mayor and in fact doesn’t speak for him but was sure he was a terrific guy (Antonio.mp3)
Caruso offered a vision of a liveable city with vibrant safe neighborhoods built around pedestrian-friendly cores, sort of like the highly successful shopping centers he has built like the Grove on the Westside and the Commons in Calabasas.
He opposed putting people underground in the planned subway to the Westside as as waste of money and incomprehensible given the climate, when so much more could be achieved to ease congestion by trains down freeways and trolleys on thoroughfares and other lower costs modes of transportation
LAUSD’ is is too big too succeed and should be broken up, youth programs expanded, gangs given gangs should not be tolerated.
It was a strong performance before a friendly audience. For the record, here’s most of what he had to say: