Trouble in Tinseltown
Can LA’s Milquetoast Mayor Rise to the Challenge?
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  • Andrew Allison

    Speaking of career obsession, the results of the elevation of Senator “Present” to the Presidency suggest that we should not hold out much hope for Lost Angeles. Perhaps the inequality police should take a look at the staggering inequality in this solidly blue city, 1% of whose residents are a major source of Democratic Party contributions and propaganda. Don’t hold your breath.

  • Corlyss

    “As head of the LA City Council (2006–12) Garcetti’s lack of a record and non-confrontational approach aroused suspicion that he was studiously avoiding conflict just to pave his road to the mayor’s office.”
    Gee, that sounds familiar. Let me see . . . name’s on the tip of my tongue . . . used to be a senator from Illinois . . .
    Based on recent experience, I’d say the LA Mayor has an excellent chance of being elected president.

  • AllanDale

    The Golden State was founded on the principle of consumption: gold, sunshine, leisure, and finally, other people’s money–what could go wrong with that? A resource-poor state that has to beg, borrow, or steal other people’s water merely to survive on an arid, burned-out edge of a continent with scarce naturally-arable land and a reactionary political culture that flip-flops between the two official political denominations. The sooner the state is sold to the Chinese the faster the federal government can start collecting revenue for providing water to the new owners.

    • Jim__L

      The water, SoCal takes from northern California.

      Little-known fact: Southern California is actually resource-rich: it has a lot of oil. The greens just won’t let any of it come out of the ground.

      • AllanDale

        As a matter of fact, California requires water from four adjacent states just to provide drinking water for the population and water for the industrial farms in the arid Central Valley. In the 1960s, the state’s boosters assured everyone that by the end of the 20th century, floating offshore desalination plants would solve the water problem on a permanent basis.

        • Jim__L

          The Central Valley water districts (like the ones I grew up in) get water from the Sierra Nevadas, and additionally ship a whole lot of water to LA. When water gets tight, farms get shortchanged long before the mega-cities.

          Stuffing millions of people into Los Angeles is the primary mistake here.

    • Dan

      pretty sure that CA is a lot of things but resource poor isn’t one of them

  • free_agent

    In the end, these problems seem to get fixed by people “voting with their feet”. Of course, the people with the most money get to vote first (get first choice of where they’d like to go), and those with the least money get last pick. As an extreme example, even the poorest are exiting Detroit. But maybe things are so bad in Detroit that they’re starting to get fixed. In AA, they call that “hitting the bottom”.

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