Here’s two reasons out of 1,000 good ones why you people who vote for failed state legislators 2JobBob Blumenfield, Felipe Fuentes, Mike Davis, Gil Cedillo and Curren Price to serve on the L.A. City Council and Mike Feuer to serve as City Attorney ought to have your heads examined.
They all voted for AB 109, authored by Woodland Hills’ own Blumenfield, that was ill-conceived, loophole-laden and approved on party lines in a mad rush without even testimony from law enforcement. They just wanted to reduce the massive budget deficit and the prison overcrowding they all helped create.
What the measure did was free thousands of hard-core criminals who supposedly were non-serious, non-violent, non-sexual offenders onto the streets or dump them into local jails where they would be released early without supervision or perhaps with GPS devices that did nothing to track their whereabouts.
People like repeat sex offender Jerome DeAvila who was arraigned last week for the rape, murder and robbery of his 76-year-old grandmother. Thanks to AB 109, he had been cited for as many as 11 parole violations in the last year and was set free after serving a single day in jail. A few days later he killed probably the only person in the world who gave a damn about him. Nothing sexual or serious in his criminal background?
Or take the case of Larry Darnell Bishop, 20, – convicted of burglary and robbery and finally assault with a deadly weapon for which he did four months in jail of his two-year sentence. Nothing serious or violent in his criminal background?
Now he’s charged with the murder of Sheriff’s Department technician Victor McClinton who was gunned outside his Pasadena home on Christmas morning as he walked a holiday well-wisher and a coach in the youth sports program he created to their car. It was a careless mistake — Bishop and two pals were gunning for a fellow gangster, not a wonderful and loving man like McClinton..
Vote for these people to join failed legislators Herb Wesson, Paul Krekorian and Paul Koretz, himself up for re-election.
For once in your lives, think about what you are doing and how you can explain to God and your children why you are voting for people to run your troubled city who don’t give a damn about you.
Without thinking about the consequences of what they were doing, these 10th rate political hacks voted for AB 109. If you put them into city offices, you can be 100 percent certain all you will get is lip service and a smile and the unions, developers and billionaires will be laughing all the way to the bank with your money.
Don’t be fools. Don’t give them even more money by voting to impose the regressive sales tax Measure A that punishes the poor, kills jobs and does nothing to fix the problem caused by City Hall has been spending more than it takes in for decades, in boom times and recession.
Don’t put someone who is the easiest to manipulate like Wendy Greuel and the easiest to intimidate like Eric Garcetti into the mayor’s office when there are stronger people available like Kevin James and Jan Perry who have the courage to tackle the hard issues and lead L.A. out of the wilderness.
Don’t put Feuer of all people in the City Attorney’s office when Carmen Trutanich and Greg Smith will do far better jobs.
Don’t flatter the completely unqualified and self-serving double-talking Dennis Zine in the Controller’s Office when Cary Brazeman and Ron Galperin are fully qualified men with personal integrity.
As a wise man told me long ago, eat good food, don’t smoke, exercise and be kind and generous to everyone you encounter — or go to hell in your own canoe.
I guess that is the best advice I can offer after 33 years of fighting City Hall for a government that serves the people and solves their problems, respecting the values, needs and interests of all.
Of course, you can do anything you want. Just know there are consequences and if you put these worthless professional politicians into complete control of city government, you will pay dearly for your stupidity.
It isn’t the brink of bankruptcy that LA teeters on. It is calamity. They have gambled the city’s future on a boom that may never come again and left no room for a quake or a riot or a massive brush fire or another deep recession or a thousand other things that could go wrong.
But don’t take my word for it. Do what you want — ignore it, stay ignorant, respond to meaningless symbolic language — and go to hell in your own canoe. It’s your right.