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Apocalypse Now! Antonio’s Vision for a ‘Happy Ending’

Finally, I see the light — thank you, Antonio.

If we can pass a tax for 30 years and spend the revenue in 10 years by borrowing against the future, why shouldn’t we extend the tax into eternity and spend all of posterity’s money today to create jobs and wealth that we can consume right now while we’re still alive?

It’s so simple. How come nobody thought of it before? Are we all simpletons?

Or does Antonio know something, know that all those end of the world visionaries and moviemakers, those greenhouse gas terrorizers, those ancient Mayan astronomers  got it right?

There is no tomorrow. We’ve got no time to lose so let’s party on today. Is that the message of Antonio’s 7th State of the City speech? (AV-stateofthecity)

Through 30 minutes of cliche-ridden drivel — performed live before a Paramount Studios audience of city and LAUSD officials, community leaders, distinguished guests and a token ordinary Angeleno or two — our good Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa did his best takeoff on the unforgettable Chuckles the Clown bit.

You know the one, “a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants,” or in this case a lot of seltzer.

How can we measure the state of our city without remembering how 20 years ago this month, Los Angeles erupted into violence.

The Los Angeles of 2012 is a different city. The Los Angeles of 2012 is a better city. Somewhere in the heavens, Tom Bradley is smiling today . . . we are a better city not just because we are a safer city. We are a better city because we have also learned to celebrate our diversity. We are proud of it. We are a better city today because we have reached beyond the lines of class and color and have come together in common purpose..

Let’s work together to turn our schools into academies of achievement, rather than factories of failure. Let’s work together and make our schools crucibles of success. Together, let’s open the door of opportunity for our children.

Angelenos, we can’t be discouraged by the critics or distracted by the cynics. Remember what the cynics said about Mayor Bradley when he offered an idea as audacious as building mass transit in the car capital of the world. They called it a “subway to nowhere.”

I don’t want you to think just of what we have accomplished. I want you to imagine how much more we can do – together. Los Angeles is a city where people make miracles happen every day, and this is why Los Angeles has always been the destination of so many dreamers around the world. We can do anything we put our minds to, and we know what we need to do.

Angelenos, we can build our future today. We can put our people back to work . . . Join me. We don’t have a moment to lose.

Truer words were never spoken. It was music to my ears, a dream come true.

Finally, a leader in this city has stepped forward with boldness and courage, someone with a record of working miracles to make our streets safe, our schools great, our people prosperous, planted a million trees, greened the city and gotten city government to live within its means.

And now he is putting it all on the line by providing a road map to how we put aside our naked greed and petty selfishness, our ignorant prejudices, our cynicism, and come together as one in common purpose to give life to our better selves.

I get it. It’s what I believe. It is my dream for this promised land — a better future for all, not just the rich and powerful, the insiders, the special interests.

One thing though that bothered me was how he set up twice right at the outset this idea: “Here’s what I say: I say we don’t have a moment to lose . . . we’re not looking back —that’s not what we do—and we don’t have a moment to lose.”

And came back in his final refrain, his last words with his takeaway line: “We don’t have a moment to lose.”

Does he really know something the rest of us don’t? In his frequent trips to Washington, did this pal of the President get access to top secret insider information that our time is really that short? Is there really no tomorrow, no time to lose?

Or is it just Antonio’s time that is up and he’s only thinking of himself?

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15 Responses to Apocalypse Now! Antonio’s Vision for a ‘Happy Ending’

  1. teddy says:

    Don’t I wish! Your last Line “Or is it just Antonio’s time that is up and he’s only thinking of himself?” asks the question on our minds. How much more time
    do we have to kick him out? I wish it were yesterday!!!

    WE CANNOT AFFORD YOU, ANTONIO! GET LOST. AND YOUR GANG AS
    WELL. WE CANNOT AFFORD YOU BIG SPENDERS. WE ARE ALREADY BROKE.

  2. Ricardo says:

    Tomorrow is D-Day for Villar. Will those NC Budget Advocate useless, do nothing, kiss butts be at this side at his press conference? All the NC’s should be ashamed of themselves. They’ve done NOTHING to go after this Mayor except attend his dumb meetings and behind his back slam him. I guess the PEOPLE need to fight for themselves or else this City is going down like the Titanic. Its a joke to say the NC’s represent the people. How many of them have actually filled out a Negative Impact Statement on anything and submit to the clowns on council? All they want is our tax dollars to have events and fun in communities.

  3. teddy says:

    BRAVO, Ricardo.
    Will you be at tomorrow’s meeting? Fill up your car – all of you.
    I hope someone can give me a ride. We need a BIG CROWD.

  4. anonymous says:

    With nothing to show for his legacy after 7 yrs , Antonio is reaching , scratching. Too bad, too late . He blew it. He was only interested in beautiful women, expensive wines and fancy restaurants. Hm, that`s a legacy. Don`t believe a future Mayor can top this.

  5. teddy says:

    Ricardo Did you mean there is a meeting tomorrow? I took it that way
    when you mentioned NC’s (Neighborhood Councils?).

    If there is, where is it and what time. Thanks.

  6. Anonymouse says:

    “Let’s work together to turn our schools into academies of achievement, rather than factories of failure. Let’s work together and make our schools crucibles of success. Together, let’s open the door of opportunity for our children.”

    Did he utter these pearls of wisdom before or after the announcement that the LAUSD might be lowering their graduation standards from a C to a D in order to eradicate the 50% drop-out rate?

    Ron, I think the only thing on Antonio’s mind is 2016. The only difference between Villar and Obama is the color of their skin! Both of them have one goal in mind – to reduce all of us to the lowest common denominator. Villar is the most logical successor to the throne in 2016 – which is exactly why he was chosen to chair the DEM convention! Now I know how the Romans must have felt during the Last Days of Pompeii!

  7. Anonymous says:

    While the Mayor has half a dozen drivel-writing speech writers, an economist/businesspeople or two would have helped. Only an ignorant person would try to build 30+ years worth of projects in 10 years, and that too as complex as subways and transit. Just building a mile of subway causes immense disruptions to adjoining businesses & residents & an accelerated building program as envisioned in Antonio’s vacuous mind would literally shut down the city. Further, he wants to impose another tax into perpetuity even though other LA County cities did not elect him Mayor. Even LA residents should be wary of his transit expansions. It is not to relieve the current traffic but to encourage more unneeded growth. Developers are already lined up armed with the City’s TODs to impose more unbearable density based on the Mayor’s idiotic prouncements.

    Vote NO on Measure R.

  8. MissAnthrope says:

    Fine uplifting words. Let’s all follow the insane wizard down the potholed road to the emerald city by the sea like a bunch of lemmings following the leader off a cliff.

    I, too, wondered if he wrote those mystical words about the schools himself. I doubt it; the man is hardly verbally literate.

  9. Rocha says:

    I hope all of the voters outside the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles noticed that Tony Villar wants to keep your sales tax high in perpetuity for projects in his City that YOU will pay for.

    I hope all of the voters inside the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles noticed that Tony Villar wants to talk about transit, which is a regional issue in the jurisdiction of the countywide Metro transportation agency, at his State of the City speech. I guess there is nothing positive to talk about at the City level so Villar wants to change the subject. “Hey everyone, don’t you love the weather in Los Angeles? Pay no attention to your Water and Power and Sewer and Trash hauling rate increases……….”

  10. Wayne from the Coliseum-less Koretz-Occupied Encino. says:

    The Ventura County D.A. has now been “Angelino-ized” by COMPLETELY clearing the entire group of Oxnard City Scumbags and alleged Scumbags!!!! There isn’t a place to live within 100 miles of Downtown L.A. to escape the endless parade of corruption and economic destruction it seems! That “investigation” started with an FBI RAID of several top Oxnard City Officials in 2010. Then it led to the Ventura County D.A’s office where it DIED A CLEAN 100% SCOTT-FREE NON-FILING OF CHARGES. There are lots of very very HAPPY CAMPAIGN DONORS AND CONTRACTORS TONIGHT KNOWING THAT THEIR L.A. EMPIRE NOW HAS EXPANDED TO MALIBU CITY (sewer system going in despite the homeowners being totally livid) all the way up PCH North, past the fields of green, past Port Hueneme, and BAM! Now Oxnard has been COLONIZED by the PIRATES OF L.A!
    See, this angle has never been explained anywhere except here—so if you’re reading this post, you’re seeing the FUTURE. WHAT IS THE FUTURE?
    The ECONOMIC REFUGEES of L.A. will naturally FLEE North and East. They will escape L.A. and be fine—until the DEVELOPERS AND THE CAMPAGN DONORS arrive to turn their (new) City into the NEXT L.A. CITY! This is how it will work, as I can see this decision over OXNARD is in play with this. A CLEAN-UP of OXNARD would of given all of us HOPE AND CHANGE—REAL HOPE AND CHANGE, AND WE CAN’T GIVE THAT TO ANGELINOS AND OTHERS NOW, CAN WE?
    HA HA HA—FUCK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE POLITICIANS AND THEIR FLOCK OF FILTH THEY RIDE IN WITH.
    Might as well let the deceased, illegal aliens, jailed inmates, out-of-area welfare recipients and the drugged ones re-elect Obama and the whole gang.
    Ron, myself, and others will be writing on the witnessing of the End of America. That way, in 100 years from now, the Muslim and Chinese CONQUERORS of America will have textbooks (or Ipad readers) to see what it was like in “the last years.”
    NEW NAME FOR L.A.====TRU-TANICA!!!! THE SINKING SHIP SS L.A!
    You saw it here first.

  11. anonymous says:

    “Truer words were never spoken. It was music to my ears, a dream come true.

    Finally, a leader in this city has stepped forward with boldness and courage, someone with a record of working miracles to make our streets safe, our schools great, our people prosperous, planted a million trees, greened the city and gotten city government to live within its means.”

    What? Were they serving Kool Aid there?

  12. teddy says:

    What good news this morning – Rick Orlov (Daily News) reports that Mike Anytonovich finally challeenged Villar on Measure R – the scheme that was started in Jimmie Hahn’s days to not allow the Valley to secede. Why not? Because they needed to tax us for the grand schemes to get Los Angeles improvements by the likes of CRA and AEG. I have been here since 1966 and every year, our streets and
    sidewalks have deteriorated while millions (billions?) have been spent on the
    east side and downtown. Source? Overly taxed aero-space industry and employees
    became the money bags for Los Angeles. Starting with Bradley, Hahn and getting to
    our current gang leader, Villar.

    Antonovich finally defended the Valley which still is being ignored. He refers to the original Measure R as “gang rape”. And Villar “stormed out of the MTA meeting yesterday.”

    • ex valley says:

      Just read the daily news story to amuse myself. Yeah Villar is so sensitive and the mere mentioning of crude words offended him.
      Yeah.
      Villar showed some survey where 71% approve of measure r. People are so dumb (LA voters are the dumbest anywhere plus they vote against their own interests). Smells like that phony measure s. remember that? It got passed, yes?
      You suckers will pay more so that Villar can claim his transportation achievements and through a few contracts to his buddies and feed the unions. Win-win for Villar. Lose-lose for you but you don’t matter.
      A

  13. teddy says:

    I keep on thinking positive.

    Negative always looks to some people as tho’ I agree
    with someone who is robbing me blind.

  14. JOHN WALSH says:

    VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION R JUNIOR:THE ONE HALF CENT SALES TAX INCREASE FOR ETERNITY!
    THIS IS AN OPEN INVITATION TO THE PARTIAL OPENING OF PHASE ONE OF
    THE EXPO LINE WHICH CONNECTS DOWNTOWN LA WITH CULVER CITY…
    EXCEPT AT THE GRAND OPENING ON APRIL 28, THE RAIL LINE FALLS MILES
    SHORT OF ITS DESTINATION GOAL BY WINDING UP AT LA CIENEGA BLVD.
    INCIDENTALLY, LA CIENEGA MEANS “THE SWAMP”IN SPANISH

    NEARLY $250, MILLION OVERBUDGET AND TWO YEARS BEHIND SCHEDULE.

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