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    L.A.’s nanny mayor with Utopian intentions has made life hell

    L.A.’s nanny mayor with Utopian intentions has made life hell

    When Antonio Villaraigosa became mayor of Los Angeles in mid 2003, he promised to focus on quality-of-life issues the way Rudy Giuliani had so successfully in New York.  To Angelenos, the number one quality-of-life issue is transit.  Pretty much everything else pales in comparison (as long as you don’t live in a gang-infested area).

    Villaraigosa has failed miserably.

    And no wonder.  He, like Mayor Bloomberg, mistakes nannyism for leadership. Every minute they spend figuring out how to protect adults from themselves is 60 seconds in which they’re not doing the job they were elected to do.

    Hence, in Los Angeles, porn actors are required to wear condoms for their own safety (though gay men are not); it’s now illegal to park beside a broken parking meter; and stores are banned from putting your groceries in plastic bags.

    Like night follows day, the city has become all but unlivable for anyone who drives anywhere at any time.

    First come the potholes.

    On Monday I had a meeting around noon on Sunset Blvd just east of UCLA.  After allocating an extra 40 minutes for traffic, I exited the San Diego Freeway and drove east, dodging potholes—some of them approaching sinkhole size—as though the street was a slalom course.

    Nothing had changed since the last time I’d driven there.  If anything, the holes were deeper and more plentiful.  Which is particularly telling given that that stretch of road passes through some of the most expensive real estate in the world—and the city touts its ability to get broken parking meters back up and running in no more than three hours after initial report.  Potholes?  Fuhgeddaboudit.  Operation Pothole ended after 14 weeks in 2005.

    My meeting ended at about 5:30, leaving me half an hour to make my 6:00 dinner in Santa Monica, which should’ve been more than enough time.  So I drove side streets down to Wilshire (dodging potholes all along the way), and headed west.  About two blocks east of Westwood Blvd., I screeched to a halt.  And stayed stopped.  Three lanes of traffic were gridlocked.

    In 15 minutes I went maybe—maybe!—30 yards.  I checked all the radio stations for reports that might shed light.  Had the rogue cop, Christopher Dorner, shot up the federal building a ways ahead?  No, not a word about any police action.  Nor did I hear sirens or see cop cars racing to and fro.

    I told my Droid to “call LAPD traffic division.”  What came up on screen was “Wilshire Division LAPD.”  I pressed send and got a recorded message telling me to call 911 in an emergency, “otherwise please hold for an officer.”  I held.  And held.  And held.  For five minutes.

    At last a voice answered.  I said I was theoretically driving west on Wilshire in Westwood but that I’d been stopped dead, along with everyone else, for 20 minutes now.  “What’s going on?  Why aren’t there any cops directing traffic?”

    “I have no idea,” he said.  “I’m not in that division.  Call the West L.A. division.”

    “What’s the number?”

    “I don’t have that in my head.”

    “So can you look it up?”

    “I don’t have anything to look it up on.”

    “Well, you are LAPD, aren’t you?”


    “And you can’t connect me to another division?”

    “What would you like me to do?”

    “I’d like you to do you the [expletive] job I pay you for,” I shouted said.

    He hung up.

    In retrospect, I should’ve told him that I was talking to him on my handheld cell phone and parked in front of a broken meter while shooting a porn movie with plastic grocery bags as condoms.  He’d have had a battalion there in minutes.

    And so it goes in Antonio Villaraigosa’s Los Angeles.  Where the mayor wants to raise the sales tax yet again.

    “We’ve had consolidations of departments, we found efficiencies. We’ve done everything that we can.

    “The fact of the matter is, when you look at the kinds of tough decisions that we’ve made … I can now support a sales tax increase,” he said.


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    Henry Hawkins | February 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    RE: Traffic congestion.

    How long will it be before some nanny-stater somewhere decides it’s time to limit vehicles, to only allow x number of license plates in order to control the number of vehicles contributing to traffic problems in a given city?

    Let’s start a betting pool on who’ll be first:

    a) Mayor Bloomberg of NYC
    b) Mayor Villaraigosa of LA
    c) Mayor Lee of SF
    d) Mayor Bing of Detroit
    e) Mayor Hawkins of PH

    I was born and raised in L.A. — and when I turned 18 the first thing I did was get out of L.A. and completely out of the L.A. area. That was a long time ago. And — hindsight being 20/20 and all — I didn’t go far enough away. I should have left the State of California entirely even way back then.

    My parents still live in L.A. as does my little brother so I relocated in San Diego. At least I was out of that once beautiful city that has become a literal 3rd world cesspit by the “city leaders” own design. The other brother and my sister eventually relocated out of the State of California entirely along with Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Grandparents.

    I and my entire own family shall be relocating out of California soon ourselves. Our retirements, pension accounts, deferred compensation accounts, investment portfolios, educations, tax paying able-bodied hard working offspring, and just lots of spending money are leaving California forever. Anything and everything humanly possible to roll-over out of state and/or simply remove from the reach of the California reprobates in power are already or shall be removed permanently.

    And — Lawdy Lawd — I am so excited to finally be leaving this permanently fubar’d state for good. I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas morning though. The anticipation is practically torturous.

    The millions upon millions of California scofflaw criminal illegal immigrants, the vast army of California militant homosexuals, the army of Hollyweird tools, the deeply mentally defunct and morally bankrupt fascist California politicians, and the generic bed-wetting thumb sucker tax & spend Liberals of the California electorate can have it all to themselves. I have absolutely zero problem with that. None whatsoever. After all, it is truly what they ultimately desire more than anything else. I am happy to do my part.

    We yearn for what once was “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”. We yearn for what was once the United States of America. There are still some slivers of the USA left. But not one sliver of the USA — however slight — is to be found anywhere in California any longer. Not even here in massively military residing San Diego — the last truly predominately Conservative enclave left in all of California.

    Amen brother. This city is joke.


    Who can save the City of Los Angeles from bankruptcy? – Draiman

    I am a firm believer that you can accomplish more with honey than with vinegar.
    The City of Los Angeles is on the brink of Municipal Bankruptcy. If that happens all of LA City employees will sustain a severe economic and financial blow, which cannot be rectified. The people who reside in the City of Los Angeles will sustain much hardship if this financial situation is not resolved amicably.
    I propose that all parties handling the city finances and all Union organizations and other organizations that service the city should put all the cards on the table. Show all expenses and liabilities, a conservative approach to projected revenues, no fudging of expenses or revenues.
    It is in the best interests of all parties to come to a compromise. Remember a piece of cake is better than no cake at all. Eventually the cow runs out of milk.
    Today’s economic and financial situation throughout Los Angeles and the rest of the country as a whole is the worst since the depression.
    The City of Los Angeles must aggressively help businesses in trouble survive and court other businesses to locate in the City of Los Angeles. Businesses create jobs and revenues. We must look at the “multiplier affect of thriving businesses”, which creates economic prosperity.

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