City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana presented a dark and gloomy picture to the City Council Tuesday of the city’s finances with massive deficits totaling more than $1 billion over the next four years.
In this the fourth year since the economic recession began, he insisted it was time to take serious steps to actually deal with the problem of spending more than the city takes in — something that goes back nearly two decades.
His proposals include doubling the tax on selling or buying a house — something that surely will make it that much harder in a depressed market — and hiking the parking tax from 10 to 15 percent plus the fantasy that suddenly City Hall will be run efficiently with modern management techniques.
More not to like or not to put any faith in will be revealed Friday when the mayor’s latest phony budget plan is released.
The euphemism for it is “structural deficit,” generally known as living on credit cards instead of living within your means, which is why Jack Humphreville and the Neighborhood Council budget advocates proposed a Charter Amendment last week that would require the city to “live within its means.”
As part of Tuesday’s agonizing discussion of the latest proposals to mask over the budget crisis for yet another year, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Krekorian along with Santana set out some detailed proposals that show city government has been run with the expertise and skill of 10-year-olds running a lemonade stand at the corner.
It is a shocking indictment of total mismanagement of a system that serves political interests but not public interests, that squanders hundreds of millions of dollars, fails to achieve even the simplest goal and exists solely as a jobs program for city workers, politicians, political consultants, contractors, developers — every special interest you can think of except the interests of the people who work, live and play in LA.
You can understand then why Eric Garcetti, who ruled over the Council throughout this long period of decline and failure has an entirely different take on the state of the city.
He wants to be mayor — believe it or not — so paints a rosy picture that is so filled with lies, distortions and obfuscations that you just have to know in your heart he will get the job if he gets enough money to bamboozle enough voters.