EDITOR’S NOTE: It was self-indulgent but I thought the movie I made from Friday’s City Council session which featured a long debate that depended on what the meaning of the word ‘local’ is — the city or the county — was important since he showed just how hypocritical, incompetent or stupid they are. You can decide which applies. The issue was giving an 8 percent ‘local preference’ premium to city contractors supposedly to create jobs There was no evidence, no study that suggested that the money would actually create jobs or any more jobs than would be created if applied only to the city rather than the county as written to meet the definition of ‘local’ written into the City Charter in 1999. Here is my director’s commentary for each scene:
“A temple of democracy like a place of worship”
the opening scene during Friday’s usual folderol of flatteries and presentations, Council
President Eric Garcetti — without a hint of irony – invokes the spiritual
purity of City Hall in welcoming Aram I, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church,
might wonder what God that Garcetti & Co. pray to — the God of the Holy Dollar and Self-service — given the state of the
city, the corrupting impact of special interest money and the indifference to
the concerns of residents.
$1 billion in city purchases, 85 percent to outsiders
Krekorian argues for approval of the “local preference” ordinance he proposed
fully a year ago to give businesses located in the county up to 8 percent bid bonus that will cost taxpayers more for purchases of goods and
might wonder whether this is a good use of public money, where the cost benefit
analysis is and if it is an economic positive in a city with one of the nation’s
highest poverty and underemployment rates why it took a year to enact.
“A sense of urgency
to put people to work”
years after the economy crashed and a year after holding up Krekorian’s local
preference ordinance, wannabe mayor Garcetti suddenly feels the measure must be
urgently passed to create jobs.
might wonder where he’s been the last three years while he was giving replacing
a Valley bus bench company with a giant national company based in Florida.
“Pushing the envelope a bit”
aware that the City Charter allows local preference in contracting only for the
county or state, Paul Koretz doesn’t give a damn. Screw the Constitution; he
wants to invoke a provision of the administrative code to make the preference only
apply to city businesses.
might wonder what his qualifications are to hold public office when he has
repeatedly sworn as a West Hollywood councilman, state Assemblyman and L.A.
councilman to faithfully uphold the Constitution of the United States,
Constitution of California and the City Charter.
“If you’re so parochial”
LaBonge, of all the people in all the world, understands the basic concept that
what is good for businesses throughout the county is good for the city,
generating jobs and economic activity. That’s why city’s like Minneapolis,
Chicago and Dallas are doing better than most in these tough times – they operate
as metropolitan regional economies working together.
might wonder how it’s possible the dumbest Council member turns out to be the
only one with a brain.
“We’re hampered greatly by our Charter”
Alarcon and Antonio Villaraigosa understand that if Charter is in the way of
you giving deals to friends and family with a premium of
taxpayer money, you got to change the Charter to make it easier to rip off the
might wonder what it says about everybody else at City Hall when an indicted
felon and admitted ethics law cheat respect the legal requirements more than
“It’s $3 billion in good and service”
it to Mitch Englander to point out that with the Airport, Harbor and DWP, the
Council overseas $3 billion in purchases that if managed properly with a city
local preference ordinance could make their friends and families part of the
super-rich 1 percent.
might wonder how City Hall, as corrupt as it is, could have left so much money
on the table.
If we go too parochial, we miss opportunity to be the region
he goes again, Tom LaBonge talking common sense that surely would win support
from every economist in town, the L.A. Chamber and the L.A. Economic
might wonder how city leaders who like to boast what a world class city L.A. is
can think so much smaller than Tom LaBonge.
“What the word ‘local’ means”
Englander acts more and more like he has taken up residence under the same rock
that his predecessor Hal Bernson used to live under and is cohabitating there
with Koretz. Following the Council’s tried and true path for getting around laws
they don’t like, Englander and Koretz are demanding that staff find a loophole
so that “local” is redefined to mean L.A. city only.
might wonder whether he is truly stupid as he seems or whether he thinks we are
so dumb we can’t see what he’s really up to.
“We’d like if
it can be done via ordinance”
“We’d like if