As silent as the sound of one hand clapping on the subject since the Occupy L.A.evictions from City Hall, Ex-President of the Council Eric Garcetti — the wannabe high priest in what he calls “this Temple of Democracy” — wants to duck all responsibility for multi-million-dollar costs associated with the protesters he told “to stay as long as your need to.”
what Occupy LA has done. What they’ve basically done is cheated taxpayers out
of services. I don’t know who wins.”
And then blows more hot air the next minute, saying, “They are suing us, so I think we should look at filing a
suit to try to recover whatever we can. We had a lot of officers, police and General Services, who
were watching the occupation. Most of them were on
overtime and those costs add up quick.”
But a rising star among the posers and phonies on the Council horseshoe, Mitch Englander takes the dis-honors as the king of hypocrites on the Occupy L.A. issue.
Englander was present and accounted for at the opening of the Oct. 12 meeting at which the resolution in support of Occupy L.A. was set for debate.
One hour into the meeting after the consent calendar was approved and general public comment was over, the Council took up the motion and suddenly Englander disappeared, allowing it to be approved unanimously. He was listed as absent.
With the occupiers safely removed from City Hall to city jails, Englander self-righteously demanded to know exactly how much it cost the taxpayers. When the report came in last week putting the total at $2.3 million and likely to exceed $3 million, the Council’s newest member was so flabbergasted and angry, he was absent no more, sending out press releases, holding press conferences, visiting TV stations, calling John & Ken on KFI.
“This is a direct hit to all residents throughout Los
Angeles,” he told one reporter. “I’m disappointed that a few people who
wanted to make a statement ended up costing taxpayers so much money at a time
when L.A. doesn’t have the cash. Hopefully, now some of the council members who
supported these efforts will realize there’s a cost to residents before they
make these decisions in the future.”
Conan Nolan on Channel 4 asked Englander point blank if he objected in public or private about occupation and all he got was a mumbled and dissembling answer.
At another point, Englander asks, “Who’s going to pay for this?”
At this point, it’s the public in lost services and wasted money. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The mayor could foot the whole bill just by eliminating 10 percent of his staff — roughly 20 people with pay and benefits included — or it could be shared among the Council members who could dump just one of the 20 staffers they each have to cover the whole bill.
Better yet, they could hold a public hearing to apportion responsibility with discussion of how much Garcetti owes, and how much each of them owes for their degree of support and what the penalty is for those who took a walk on the issue when it was voted on — Englander, Krekorian and Reyes — and how much more is owed by those who would exploit the issue after the fact.