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Opportunity Knocks: A Grand Alliance for Neighborhood Power over Neighborhood Issues

The nation’s capital is stalemated by a destructive war of empty ideologies without regard to the welfare of the people.

The state capital is hopelessly gridlocked by the same forces that put self-interest and special interests ahead of the public interest.
City Hall in Los Angeles is even worse, paralyzed by its failure and corruption, yet they are 99.93 percent in total agreement that it is better to destroy the city than to save it. And so they are in feeding frenzy to cash in before the bottom falls our. 
Not a day goes by that the rot and corruption isn’t revealed one way or another whether it’s the HACLA scandal, the Planning Department’s assault on our neighborhoods, the broken roads and sidewalks, the tax breaks to mutual funds and multinational corporations, the giveaways to billionaires, the never-ending war against working class and middle class people.
In this the fourth year of a budget crisis that has been extended for decades into the future by deferring costs and expanding borrowing, the mayor can do no better than to order city managers to carry out the fiscal equivalent of using fewer paper clips (antonio–budgt1211.pdf) based on the CAO’s latest financial report:
“Cease all food and beverage purchases for employee-related event,” reduce “membership dues” and “subscription” costs, “examine opportunities to move out of leased office space and into vacant city-owned properties,” “refrain from granting fee waivers for special events” unless the politicians OK it…it goes on and on but mostly involves more juggling of the books to make the $72 million deficit in this year’s “balanced budget” disappear with a growing $250 shortfall looming next year.
This is the fourth year of a fundamental economic restructuring that has seen millions of private sector workers lose their jobs and less than 500 city workers jobs eliminated out of 50,000. Clearly, City Hall is not contributing to LA’s monstrous unemployment problem that has half a million workers jobless or under-employed.
What City Hall is counting on is massive rate increases for water and power, sewers and everything else just to get through a year or two. LA is in a downward spiral to oblivion without facing the real problem: City government costs more than it is worth,.
Something must be done before it is too late and a lot of people get hurt.
Neighborhood Councils have gotten thousands of people engaged but what have they really achieved?
Homeowner and other community groups have been around a long time but have they changed the course of the city’s history or like everybody else settled for crumbs from the table of power?
The Occupy L.A. protesters trashed the City Hall grounds only to be evicted by a massive show of police force, accomplishing what exactly?
What if we all came together and occupied our neighborhoods and then our City Council districts and then the whole city and brought real democracy to L.A. for the first time so that our competing interests and values were in balance and everybody felt they were getting a fair share?
We have to start somewhere and try again. 
Occupy the ‘Hood — the protesters have set up that committee to refocus much of their effort on the local problems that can be solved. It will meet Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall to take up the cause. 
Maybe the energy and passion of the young will light the spark. Maybe some of you will join me down there Saturday night and see if we can make good things happen.
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12 Responses to Opportunity Knocks: A Grand Alliance for Neighborhood Power over Neighborhood Issues

  1. Anonymous says:

    Excellent Ron!!
    Yet, the “elected” remain silent, and so so surprised at everything under their nose.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Are you freakin kidding me? Occupy the ‘Hood?? This is why the media and everyone else laughs at this group. I agree with you Ron that its time the people start fighting for what is rightfully theirs. The corrupt Mayor, politicians, City Controller, City Attorney and now Chief of Police Beck have ruined our City. Occupy anything hasn’t accomplished a damn thing and people are sick of them. They won’t get any support in Los Angeles. Why aren’t they in Beverly HIlls, Burbank, why are they wasting our time and tax payer money?

  3. Anonymous says:

    You cannot have real democracy because the system you created lacks checks and balances. You vote one party only. And these politicians don’t care about you, they know they will get your vote anyway.
    And you got it even worse – it’s not just this, you got whether you like or not many politicians like Villar, huizar etc with the south of the border mentality.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “the Planning Department’s assault on our neighborhoods”—While the cause of the assault on our neighborhoods is the stinking head -Mayor-we can still demand the removal of Bill Roschen and Mike Woo from the Planning Commission and Michael Logrande from the Planning Department. It would be a good start to save our neighborhohoods from these parasites.

  5. Wayne from Encino says:

    Wait till end of July or August 2012 when the People start to speak up: WHEN THEY GET THE FIRST DWP BILL WITH 20-40% INCREASES IN IT!
    January 27, 2012 will be the day the Garcetti Mafia passes the Sewage fees hike and Water “restructured tiers.” Then comes the Electric rate hike! It’s too damn bad that Kevin James and Walter Moore are too fucking full of themselves lately to take the hour of time they’re getting on KABC’s John Phillips’ show to explain TIERED RATES ON WATER AND ELECTRIC and the SEWER SERVICE CHARGES and the SOLID WASTE RESOURCE FEES on each and every DWP AND the scheduled January 27, 2012 MEETING OF INFAMY TO DO THIS SCAM! They are being given great air time, but wish to PROMOTE THEMSELVES instead which in turn DISCREDITS THEM.
    Walter Moore ran for mayor AS AN ADVOCATE FOR JAMIEL’S LAW, in other words he ran FOR A SPECIFIC CAUSE. This time around the CAUSE SHOULD BE TO STOP THESE RATE HIKES! Spend every second discussing it, championing it, and going to every Clowncil meeting and speaking AGAINST THE SCUM WHO ARE ABOUT TO DESTROY WHAT IS LEFT OF MIDDLE CLASS L.A.
    What would happen? HE’D GET INTO A RUNOFF WITH GARCETTI AND KICK HIS ASS RIGHT OUT OF CITY HALL.
    People won’t vote for non-machine candidates UNLESS you put the message forward and keep on hammering it.
    Give John credit for risking his neck on KABC for having the two of these guys on his show, because over at KABC the brass there would rather run music 24/7 then hear from these guys.
    So….Walter Moore and Kevin James: START TELLING THE BRAIN DEAD PUBLIC ABOUT A 24-40% RATE HIKE COME SUMMER 2012 OR STAY HOME AND WATCH MAYOR GARCETTI TAKE OVER CITY HALL!

  6. Wayne from Encino says:

    Good point: I forget that Garcetti is ROYALTY! Kevin James: BOW DOWN TO YOUR HOLINESS the BARRON VON HOLLYWOOD GARCETTI! Walter Moore: Ditto for you Sir! HA HA HA HA!!!!!!! (No relation of course to the Good Commoner David Barron.)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Because Angelenos have become so damn complacent what we should do is when the Mayoral debates are scheduled who ever finds out about them please post or tell Ron. We should all show up with xerox papers of all the bullshit, corruption Garcetti, Perry, Greuel, and company have been involved in. Perry the corrupt AEG NFL stadium deal and billboards, Greuel, failure as Controller and responsible for scandals like HACLA, Garcetti the Hollywood developer mess,

  8. Sometimes I think the only people in our city who give a rip about the ineffectiveness of local government are the 2,000 or so active or former members and participants in the NC system.
    Outreach to our communities is a thankless job. People generally will pay attention if a problem directly affects their neighborhood. They generally don’t think about the big picture – the budget, corruption, etc. As long as they can turn on the lights and flush the toilets, little else matters.
    Maybe when it gets too expensive to turn on the lights and flush the toilets they will wake up.

  9. Anonymous says:

    LA has the most pathetic uninformed disinterested citizens. What else can explain the truly pitiful 12% voter participation. People just don’t care and don’t want to be bothered.

  10. MissAnthrope says:

    Occupy the “hood.” Sounds to rabble-rousy.
    How about Occupy the Voting Booths?
    That’s the place to make serious changes!

  11. Holly says:

    It’s about time residents of Hollywood woke up, and participated in the work it will take to protest this horrible destruction of our Hollywood. Life is going to change drastically in Hollywood soon, but perhaps with a little will of the people, we can slow it down…or if there’s a miracle, tone it down.
    Come on People!! Where are the demonstrations? We only found out about this little soire at the last minute, so I don’t think a major demonstration was possible to organize in time. Let’s get out and tell those corrupt jerks running our city how we feel about their crimes against quality of life in Hollywood!!

  12. Holly says:

    It’s about time residents of Hollywood woke up, and participated in the work it will take to protest this horrible destruction of our Hollywood. Life is going to change drastically in Hollywood soon, but perhaps with a little will of the people, we can slow it down…or if there’s a miracle, tone it down.
    Come on People!! Where are the demonstrations? We only found out about this little soire at the last minute, so I don’t think a major demonstration was possible to organize in time. Let’s get out and tell those corrupt jerks running our city how we feel about their crimes against quality of life in Hollywood!!

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