You can see it right there on the masthead of the LA Times:
Jim Newton, Editor-at-large, so you know when he speaks, he speaks with the
authority of the city’s most prestigious newspaper.
was on stage at UCLA, the city’s most
prestigious university, Wednesday for the Mayoral Housing, Transportation and
Jobs Summit (propaganda, not prestigious) sponsored by the prestigious Los
Angeles Business Council where he moderated a forum for three presumed
candidates for mayor in the 2013 election — Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel and
“With the mayoral primary still 16 months away, Newton
pointed out that this was the first of many forums the three candidates will do
together,” according to a report of the event by City Maven Alice
What’s interesting about that statement is that one candidate the one citizen candidate in the mayor’s race, radio talk show host Kevin James, wasn’t even invited to the event even though he will qualify for public matching fund for his campaign by year’s end — the standard that has been used in the past to separate serious candidates from the gadflies.
According to the City Maven, a fourth candidate who has actually filed to run, Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner, was invited to participate but declined, citing a prior commitment.
So when Newton says Garcetti, Greuel and Perry will be doing many forums together over the next 16 months, you have to wonder whether that means only people who hold public office or in Beutner’s case appointed office are to be considered serious candidates worthy of a place on the stage of public debates.
That standard would allow Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky to join the privatized political debate but not developer Rick Caruso, although he’s so rich he could buy and sell all these people and he might get an exemption because he has served as president of the Police Commission and DWP Commission.
That leaves Kevin James out, the missing man of the mayoral forums, and suggests that if the Business Council is to set the standard, you have to have already demonstrated you are part of the problem, in fact the cause of the problem, to be given consideration. For an outsider’s view of how to fix this broken city of ours, visit James’ website.
The mayor himself, Antonio Villaraigosa, offered his own solution to what ails the city by proposing the creation of 50 pocket parks in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, presumably to to give them respite from the agony of their worsening poverty. There is a certain irony to the mayor’s proposal coming one day after the City Council, with his agreement, broke its promise to build a 2.5 acre park where the South Central Farm was in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
For their part, his wannabe successors had this to say:
Garcetti: “My greatest worry is not that we’re not an optimistic
city any more. My greatest worry is that people will be indifferent to the role
Greuel: “My job is to
lead. My job is to outline where we can improve Los Angeles.”
Perry: “As mayor, I’d like to submit to the voters that I would
like to sit on the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District as an ex
officio member …I think that we need to continue the momentum of fighting for
better schools and for spending more money in classrooms and for removing more
of the bureaucracies.”
Apparently, she didn’t bring up her plan to allow commercial advertising in city parks — a plan that caused a row Tuesday night at the Venice Neighborhood Council
where she made a campaign stop.