As an officer and a gentleman, Navy Lt. Eric Garcetti, reserves, cannot tell a lie without dishonor so we have to take everything he says as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Thus we take as a matter of certainty that he believes LA is the greatest city in the world, the City Council is a “temple of democracy,” and everything that has gone wrong during his six year reign as the president of the city’s 99.3 percent unanimous lawmaking body was the fault of the economy and the mayor.
Parenthetically, the mayor — now officially the nation’s No. 1 Latino — has finally achieved the highest accolade of his life with the New York Times declaring him the “fiery mayor of Los Angeles,” which is the Mexican salsa equivalent to the long-standing mainstream practice of making it clear that African-American leaders are “articulate,” even when sometimes they really aren’t.
Garcetti would never make such a mistake with regards to race, religion, gender or similar distinction since he offers himself a what he seems to think is a rare example of recombinant DNA as an Italian-Jewish-Latino-Godknowswhatelse man with wealth and education — in a city where everybody from every race and ethnicity and background are fusing their cultures into amazing new music, art, literature, food and babies without recognition by the labor-corporate-media world that thrives on separatism.
There is nothing, honorable, we little people can do but take him at his word because he is way too smart to say or do anything we are clever enough for us to understand and critique.
That isn’t so true of the CD5 Coalition, Westsiders who are smart, educated and rich, yet they feel as begrudged as the poor and middle class people who live in the flats of the basin and the Valley.
Led by Marcia Selz, it is a tough group as you can see if you watch the full two hours they spent with Garcetti on a recent Saturday trying to get a single direct and unequivocal answer to their dozens of concerns about the deterioration of the city. (Here is a partial transcript provided by a participant Garcetti speaks at CD 5 COALITION. It was the first step in the lengthy process they will use to break down where all the mayoral candidates stand on a long list of issues.
Denial, deflection, deferral and indirection is what he offered when asked about how massive developments with heavy subsidies were routinely approved under his leadership and how on Tuesday he is prepared to push a widely criticized new Hollywood Community Plan — the Skyscraper City plan — through Council so developers can get bonuses and tax breaks for the largest and most monstrous projects they can conceive.
Garcetti can sing and play the piano like a lounge lizard and here revealed how he can dance around every questions without answering them, although he did imply at one point that middle class people with homes and cars and neighborhood schools in their smug self-satisfaction are for the poor having crappy schools, few parks and a lousy public transit system.
Increasing the size of the Council at the same cost or creating boroughs to diffuse power are good ideas but really all we need is better leaders who emulate what he has achieved in Hollywood, he said.
Sure, we haven’t examined that state of our infrastructure as required annually by law for more than a decade but who needs facts when he has pushed through so many great projects that actually improve the quality of our lives.
Why the whole city could be like Hollywood bustling with new fire stations, schools with great innovative programs, the 25 new parks he added on top of the 13 existing ones and a level of community engagement that would make any populist proud.
That’s what leadership is about and if Hollywood got all the benefits and your community got the bill, you need to fix that by electing people as good as Garcetti — not that he would support them.
Garcetti’s reform plan — civics lessons provided by foreign consulates:
Garcetti smiles like it’s a joke:
Who stole your money for cops and fire services? Ask the mayor
People with cars, yards and neighborhood schools — it’s all your fault
Why over-development and the Hollywood Community Plan are good for you