In a new article by Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa shows disturbing signs of delusional thinking. Villaraigosa is quoted as saying that "I think this is one of the best years we've had".
A lot of the citizen voters here in Los Angeles would beg to differ.
Villaraigosa was re-elected in March by obtaining the votes of only 9% of the registered voters!
Businessman Rick Caruso is probably kicking himself daily realizing that for only a few million dollars, he could have beaten Villaraigosa and become Mayor. Even runner-up Walter Moore, who only spent 10% of what Villaraigosa spent on his campaign, would probably agree that a better funded opposition could have forced Villaraigosa out of office in the March 2009 election. Villaraigosa barely avoided a runoff facing underfunded opposition -- myself included -- whom most voters could not identify at the polls.
If Villaraigosa thinks that a 500 million dollar deficit and 1000 pot shops opening all over town is a good year, what would it take for him to admit that things were bad??
If Villaraigosa had any integrity at all, he would resign for hiring the pension commissioners who bungled their moves and lost all the pension money, creating a budgetary catastrophe that Los Angeles may not be able to recover from.
That happened on his watch. He is personally responsible.
He needs to be recalled and removed from office.
I don't think the City can survive three more years of him in charge.
It would only take a few million dollars to get him recalled. The signatures are a large number -- 240,000 -- but they are obtainable if someone will invest in the option.
Sometimes I feel like I am the only sane man left standing in Los Angeles.
The Emperor has no clothes! (I stole that line from Tamar Galatzan)