Los Angelinos: Can We Talk?

I’m concerned about my city.

There’s an election on March 3rd and I’d like to vote away everyone who is ruining this city. I’d certainly begin with my councilwoman Wendy Gruel.

That would be the Wendy Gruel who doesn’t answer phone calls, the Wendy Gruel who sends me unsolicited mail to tell me what she’s *done for me* but won’t get rid of digital billboards, in fact her office is *not opposed* to them. The Wendy Gruel who was nowhere to be found when our neighborhood had a 4 day blackout.

The Wendy Gruel who is in tight with Villaraigosa.

The Wendy Gruel who turns a blind eye when the Galleria has massive billboards facing the freeway, and says that she doesn’t drive on the 405.

Can we talk about Nick Patsaouras who has business experience? Can we talk about having a plan for solar that includes reducing what we use? Can we talk about mass transit in a real way?

Read this, and tell me what you think.

I’d really like to go over this ballot with a fine tooth comb. Los Angeles is becoming unlivable. Villaraigosa has been the nail in the coffin of public education, and he’s slipped regressive taxes into every city utility possible.

Maybe Nick can audit the city and find some of our money?

I’m hopeful. Can we all get together and talk about this.

I’m worried, and I love living here.

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  • http://formerlyaprildawn.blogspot.com April

    Being a Burbank resident, this is happily no longer my problem! Good luck with that…I mean it, really.

  • http://chemistryofjoy.wordpress.com Carlota

    As a resident of an unincorporated part of LA County (a part most people do not know exists) I have to say I hope you and other residents are successful in getting better representation. Unfortunately, up here we do not have much representation or say, hence the current plan LA County has in place for putting power lines through Leona Valley and the Angeles Forest (where we live). The fortunate thing is that people up here stick together and we have a town council, made up of residents, who fight so that we can be heard.

  • http://anniegirl1138.wordpress.com annie

    Digital billboards? That cannot be a good thing.

    I feel for you. The town we live nearby is planning one of the monster powerlines to run through the surrounding farmland and will be uncomfortably close to the hamlet where we live. We are part of the incorporated county though and they pay no attention to the impact they have on us.

  • http://www.busydadblog.com BusyDad

    I only have so much brain capacity for politics. Now that the election is over, it may be time to focus my scope a bit more. Honestly, I can completely ignorant about local politics. I can’t even tell you who our mayor is.

  • http://theletterkae.net theletterkae

    I am deeply saddened that Culver City does not get to vote for the LA mayor (we have our own). Even though Villaragosa does not oversee directly the town I live in, he has a massive impact on where I work and everything else surrounding me.

    Even though I don’t get to vote for much in this election (limited to community college board members), you can count me in to take part in bringing Villaragosa out of the office.

  • http://www.bookieboo.com Leah

    So would you love me more or hate me more if I told you that in my previous life before I became a mom I was in political fundraising. I worked for Hahn in his reelection campaign when he lost to V. And also worked for Wendy on her first campaign, but things went sour with me and some of her staff because I didn’t get paid!

  • terry

    I work for LADOT, last year they promoted more than 40 emplyees, which will equal over 100k in the next year. WOW, we could better use the money elsewhere.
    Does the city of LA really need (3) deputy chiefs??
    (1) doesn’t do that much, (3) will do even less, times $$$ money. Eliminte those promotions, personnel with attandance & personnel essues, and DOT can eleiminate lay offs