People always tell the truth even when they are lying through their teeth because as Freud showed a long time ago, the unconscious is very powerful and given to eruptions like the earthquake faults beneath us.
Eric Garcetti is a prime example, proof of what I say, because he is so self-conscious, so contrived, rehearsed and scripted, in almost everything he says that the truth slips out under his breath or in a throwaway line as it did when he was blowing smoke Tuesday to obscure what the controversial Hollywood Community Plan Update was really about.
It’s about high-density skyscrapers subsidized by taxpayers for the benefit of developers cashing in on the billions of dollars in previous taxpayer investment to restore Hollywood to a measure of its former glory.
Hollywood is just the beginning. Six more community plan updates – a cynical device to get around environmental laws — will be rolling out soon to revamp land use and zoning rules to allow high-density development in your neighborhood.
The excuse for increasing density is proximity to a transit corridor which includes just about anything from rapid buses, light rail or subway stops.
So when they ask you to make permanent in November the half-cent sales tax increase for the subway-not-quite-to -the-sea, you should understand it’s not to build an efficient public transit system. It’s to build skyscrapers in your neighborhood.