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LA’s Budget: Next Year Is Going to Be Worse and So Is the Year After … and the Year After … and the Year After

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.

 

 

 

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11 Responses to LA’s Budget: Next Year Is Going to Be Worse and So Is the Year After … and the Year After … and the Year After

  1. Ricardo says:

    How in the hell can Garcetti, Perry, Greuel, Beutner etc. even think they should be promoted to higher office when they ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DOWNFALL OF OUR CITY?

  2. ex valley says:

    Why not? You all stood by and let Villar get re-elected in 2009. Did you think LA had bright economic future in 2009? But most of you couldn’t be bothered to drive your a$$$ to a polling place. So why not gruel or garcetti?

    • ex valley says:

      Sorry didn’t finish. Actually it does not really matter who the next mayor is because the city will be forced to declare bankruptcy. There is no way out of this. Too many leeches, huge underground economy that runs on cash and not contributing, too many productive tax payers voting with their feet.

      It is too late. You will be like Detroit but in Spanish and with pleasant weather. Just a few very rich and a mass of poor.

      • Scott Zwartz says:

        They except a federal bailout like Ford gave to NYC many years ago The goal of government has become how to get as many tax dollars into the pockets of corrupt developers as possible and screw everyone else.

  3. teddy says:

    How can we find out what these people take fom the City treasury for themselves and their staffs (personal friends and family, I wager)?

    I want them to pay all taxes the rest of us have to pay, any city cars, gas, tires and chauffers are for city business only and I think we are the ones who should vote on what is in the budget, not city councilmen. Why are we letting them spend our money????

  4. teddy says:

    Ex-alley – yes, I came back to say that I want to hear what the candidates want
    to do to CHANGE the way the city is run. They either have no idea, or they don’t intend to change. That is bad news.

    If I am jumping the gun on the next election, let us then hear from the new people exactly what they promise they will do for our city instead of saying nothing.

    that is not too much to ask.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Appearing before the City Council this morning, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana was pushing for higher tax revenues that would help shrink L.A.’s budget deficit (projected at $222 million next year). The two areas that he’s proposing – doubling the property transfer tax and increasing the parking tax – would generate $140 million. But they would also require voter approval. From the City Maven:

    “Given the projected deficits that we’re facing, we think it’s very difficult — actually, we think it’s impossible — to maintain the same level of service, particularly in public safety which takes up 70 percent of our General Fund discretionary dollars, without new revenue,” Santana said. “The biggest risk to the city without new revenue is public safety — your number one priority and the public’s number one priority.”

    Once again, a budget based on fear–to frighten the residents to pony up higher taxes or else!! Don’t give City Hall another penny in taxes. They have to live within their means. There is a lot of fat to cut, which they are unwilling to do. Garcetti, Wendy Gruel, Zine and the other insiders are part of the problem and should be kicked out of City Hall. The times have changed but we still have Garcetti talking nonsense & Gruel doing meaningless audits that result in no action. City Hall does not work in our interest. It is an entity unto itself. Over 50 million is allocated to the Mayor & Council Offices each year and that is money we know about. Something to think about. Just 16 people cost us this money. WE CAN’T AFFORD CITY HALL.

  6. Wayne from Koretz Occupied Encino says:

    Both TAX increases will be put on the ballot, so we’ll see if there are enough drugged up welfare mooches to overrule the vote of the 10 or so taxpayers the City has left. My favorite TAX is the one DOUBLING the Title Tax—that one gets PAID BY THE SELLER OF A HOME LEAVING THIS LIBERAL HELLHOLE! Just tonight, the Pricks from the City put a new sign that says ‘Bike Lane!!!” This courtesy of the illegitimate DICTATOR Field Marshall Koretz! I got a recent appraisal for my home—great news folks—IT FELL 16% IN VALUE IN THE LAST 10 MONTHS!!!

  7. Wayne from Koretz Occupied Encino says:

    Both TAX increases will be put on the ballot, so we’ll see if there are enough drugged up welfare mooches to overrule the vote of the 10 or so taxpayers the City has left. My favorite TAX is the one DOUBLING the Title Tax—that one gets PAID BY THE SELLER OF A HOME LEAVING THIS LIBERAL HELLHOLE! Just tonight, the Pricks from the City put a new sign that says ‘Bike Lane!!!” This courtesy of the illegitimate DICTATOR Field Marshall Koretz! I got a recent appraisal for my home—great news folks—IT FELL 9% IN VALUE IN THE LAST 10 MONTHS!!! Give it a little more time and some lucky welfare mooch will be able to live the good life when I sell the home to him/her/it for a few PESOS! See that’s the problem—do you sell NOW and lose $70,000 or wait after the 2013 elections and sell for a $120,000 loss?
    We’ll see…

  8. Ricardo says:

    Councilman Parks at the LANCC meeting said there are City owned surplus buildings that are worth about $100 mil. Parks stated these buildings are given to non profits as a type of favor and the City pays the upkeep, i.e. utilities etc. on these buildings. Parks stated the City can recoup at least $10 million if we got those buildings back and gave to people who could pay the lease. These non profits are a waste of money. Greuesome never audited them as she promised she would when she got Controller. The non profits campaign and lobby for City council members. Where is the list of non profits who have a FREE building thanks to us the taxpayers? They received State and sometimes Fed money and most of it goes to salaries not the community.

  9. Scott Zwartz says:

    With Perez and Steinberg introducing bills to bring back the CRA/LA, there is no hope that LA will ever become solvent. The burden of the last CRA, as of its demise on 2-1-2012, was about $11 Billion. That was the prime cause of the City’s financial woes plus the insane contracts given to the unions and then not funded.

    But Eli Broad has yet to give back his $52 M. Have you ever heard of the loot given to a developer like billionaire Broad being “unfunded”? Ha! These foully vile fiends sucking the life’s blood out of Angelenos depriving children of parks and citizens of fire protection have their hatchet men Perez and Steingberg doing more hideouly corrupt deals in Sacaramento.

    Los Angeles is inundated with corruption from Garcetti’s CD 13 and its 1601 N Vine scam and the fraudulent Hollywood Plan, to the AEG multi-billion dollar rip off, to the Coliseum to the LAX, to — everywhere.

    The only thing Los Angeles does not have is a honest prosecutor — the US Atty is all politics and won’t say anything about the montains of corruption least it upset Obama’s re-election plans by tarnishing his stooges, Tony V and The Garcettoid. Cooley is so lame and corrupt, that it’s a waste of time to even pretend the DA does anything except protect millionaire criminals.

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