|Answer my questions, NIMBY.|
The pleasure of your response is most sincerely, and urgently, requested by them. Do not hesitate to share your opinions on these very important matters. The future of your County may depend on it!
Of course, the answers provided in this survey might not be the sorts of things that you would ordinarily choose for yourself. Maybe they are, I don't know. Mostly they appear to me to be slanted towards the sorts of things that they would prefer to see happen here. Such as low income and homeless housing smack dab in the middle of our downtown. They're sitting on a pot of your tax money and they do want to spend it, but they also want to make it seem that they are doing so with your blessing. And apparently there is little they won't stoop to in order to get it.
And how nice for them if they can also convince themselves that they're bettering the world at your expense? After all, they don't live here, so what could the possible consequences be for them? That certainly does seem to be the way things work in L.A. County.
As an example, here is the first question. "If you had funds to invest, how would you allocate your resources among these areas? Please express your answer in percentage terms. For example, 20 is equal to 20 percent. The sum should equal 100." Your choices are: Housing, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Public Facilities, Human Services, and Other.
Now none of those choices really break down what it is they are asking forr input on. Take housing for instance. Are they talking about Homeless Housing? Low Income Housing? McMansion Housing? Dog Housing? There really is a wide gamut of unspecified possibilities here, and do you really feel it is in your interest to give them an emotional blank check on what it is that you want for your city?
The answer I chose was Other. And in the space provided (Part 2 to Part 1 on Page 1) I spelled out what my wishes might be. That being the County should return all of the "funds to invest" to those they came from, the taxpayers. Because obviously these people have no idea what to do with them, why else would they be asking me? I certainly have some rather specific needs, and who better to spend my own money than myself?
The inquiry that I found to be the most enjoyable was contained on the page designated as #3. The question reading: "Below are barriers or constraints to the enhancement or provision of affordable housing. Please select the barriers or constraints that appear in Los Angeles County. Check all that apply."
The list of "all that apply" choices really is quite long, and a lot of them have to do with the realities of building houses. The cost of land is certainly an inconvenience, as are the costs of materials and labor. All are duly noted on the list. As are construction fees, permitting fees, and the "permitting process." I don't imagine they'd want you checking off those boxes down at City Hall. That is a cow of both the sacred and cash variety to them.
And also listed there is the name that most housing bureaucrats like to call those of us who attempt to stand in the way of their city wrecking. That being NIMBY. It does seem a bit ungrateful that they should be calling the taxpayers who help to fund their salaries and benefits such an unkind and pejorative name. But I suppose they do resent those who view them as being something other than the saviors of humanity. After all, just because they might want to drop a drug rehab facility right in the middle of a neighborhood where your children play doesn't mean you have a right to complain. You should show some gratitude to them for caring as deeply as they do.
Fortunately there is an "other" box, and they do invite you to specify. My answer was the "Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles." And no, I wasn't kidding. No, really.
If you wish to take this survey, you can do so by clicking here. Let these folks know what you think. Don't leave it all to the usual brown-nosers.
Vote "NO" on Measure J
I personally cannot imagine why anyone would vote for this thing. After Metro pretty much flat out lied to us about their desire to build the 710 Tunnel, and employed all sorts of deceptive marketing scams designed to help obscure their true designs here, we are now supposed to reward them by agreeing to a 60 year tax extension worth $90 billion dollars? That doesn't sound like much of a consequence to me.
A newspaper called the Beverly Hills Courier has a beautiful article on why you'd have to be some kind of nuts to vote for Measure J. Entitled "Vote 'NO' on Measure J - It Cheats All Of Us," they really lay down some cogent arguments for opposing this mess. Some of this is specific to that celebrated community, but I think you will get the point. Check this out:
Measure J is the latest sleight-of-hand trick that L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and local Assembly-man Mike Feuer have come up with to give MTA a blank check to the tune of $90 billion over 60 years, and taxing those yet to be born.
Measure J burdens us with higher sales taxes until 2069. It extends Measure R, passed four years ago with many promises–all broken. This is a tax on your children, grandchildren and on your great grandchildren for transportation projects that will likely be obsolete or not meet their needs. How could any logical voter, especially one who resides in Beverly Hills, owns real estate or businesses here, seriously consider voting for J, giving a blank check to the very agency that the Beverly Hills Unified School District and the City of Beverly Hills are suing for using its tax monies to run roughshod over this community?
Metro desperately wants Measure J. Why? Because Villaraigosa and Yaroslavsky are searching for their legacy as their time in public office comes to an end.
Their grandiose rail projects are all way over budget. Not one gets you to any airport in the Los Angeles area–not LAX, not Burbank, not Long Beach, not Ontario. How do you spend $90 billion and not even go to an airport?
When Measure R was put to the voters in 2008 and barely passed, the duo promised billions in matching federal funds. No matter how many times the mayor of L.A. goes to D.C. and lobbies furiously up and down the halls of Congress, he cannot find more federal funds for these projects. Metro wants $50 billion more in local funding to deliver less than what was originally promised.
The program is not moving forward. It is not moving anywhere. That is the legacy these politicians face without Measure J.
Who wins if Measure J passes? JMB, Century Plaza, Westfield, Parsons Brinkerhoff, AEG, and any other friend of Villaraigosa or Yaroslavsky who feed at the public trough.
Who loses if Measure J passes? We do. The black community loses. The Latino community loses. The San Fernando Valley. The San Gabriel Valley. In fact, the entire county of Los Angeles loses. We will be stuck forever with one plan and no more money–and that plan fails utterly to provide for regional and local transportation needs.
“No On J” is sending a message to the powers that be that corporate welfare, crony capitalism and back room deals are not acceptable.
You can access all of it by clicking here. And please do remember, giving Metro $90 billion dollars that your grandchildren not yet born will be forced to pay for is hardly the way to stop the 710 Tunnel. Don't vote against your own interests, and don't enable Metro to destroy our little slice of the world.