Pounding away day after day at the foibles and failures of Los Angeles City Hall is known in the vernacular of newsrooms as beating a dead horse.
If you don’t know City Hall is a corrupt political machine that is ripping you off for no good purpose, you will never know because you prefer to pretend you are deaf, dumb and blind than to take action on behalf of your own interests.
The city’s leaders and the special interests who put them into power and keep them there are laughing all the way to bank about how passive and dumb you are. They vote unanimously 99.3 percent of the time, never really question anything and leave those who are paying attention no choice but to seek redress in the courts if they can get it.
Elections are almost as likely to produce a politically independent official as they were in the old Soviet Union and on the rare occasions that a Trutanich or a Krekorian wins with community backing, you can be certain that within six months they will be toeing the line and going along with the corruption like everybody else.
Already, five of the 15 Council members are retreads from the Democratic Legislative Caucus — Wesson, Alarcon, Cardenas, Koretz, Krekorian. Four others are former city political staffers — Englander, LaBonge, Perry, Reyes. Three are ex-cops — Parks, Zine, Buscaino. Two have done little in their lives outside of politics — Huizar, Garcetti. And then there’s Rosendahl, community relations executive for the deceased Adelphi cable system.
Come next March, it will even be worse. Cardenas will join Janice Hahn in Congress. Garcetti and Perry are termed out and running for mayor, termed-out Zine for Controller. Reyes also is termed out while Buscaino and Koretz are seeking re-election, which is to say they will be re-elected cause there is no indication voters really care what happens to them or their city anymore than the City Council.
For his part, Alarcon is a long-shot candidate for the Assembly and slightly more likely to go jail for his crime of perjury than than to win election to the Assembly against an aide to Felipe Fuentes who intends to lead a parade of more Democratic legislators who has miserably failed to solve the state’s budget woes.
Districts 1, 3, 6 (Cardenas), 7, 9 and 13 should be easy pickings for professional Democratic politicians, elected or staff, with vast sums of campaign cash at their disposal from unions, developers, contractors, consultants, lawyers, spin doctors and friends of lobbyists.
One of those failed legislators — Bob Blumenfield, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee that writes fictitious budgets, slams the door on open government and puts a gun to the head of the very people he despises, the taxpayers — isn’t just running for re-election to the Assembly, he also is running for Zine’s CD3 seat where I live in the West Valley.
Throw in Wendy Greuel showing uncommon audacity to run for mayor, Trutanich foolish enough to think he has even a remote chance of re-election against Assemblyman Mike Feuer or possibly Krekorian and Zine — despite a total lack of any qualification other than his prodigious ability to spew hot air — a heavy favorite against Cary Brazeman and Ron Galperin, both of who have actual expertise, real life experience and a commitment to tear apart the swindles at City Hall.
The takeaway from this is this:
If you are not going to show even a tenth of the courage of your convictions as the Syrians, Egyptians, Libyans and so many other hopeless oppressed peoples all over the world, you will get what you deserve next March in the city elections.
We have no one to blame but ourselves.