Thursday, May 13, 2010

Los Angeles is Broke, LA City Council, what do you do next?

Posted by CotoBlogzz 05-12-2010 11:30 PM

 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Undeniably, Los Angeles is Broke.  Yet, when  Los Angeles Unified School District Board passed a budget plan calling for massive layoffs over the next two years,  the teacher's union protested outside the school board office chanting, "Enough is enough," as the budget gained passage.

Analysts say the average class size in LAUSD schools would jump from 24 to 29 students because of the cuts.  Bear in mind that Jaime Escalante of Advanced Math Placement Stand Up and Deliver fame argued with the union that he could teach Advanced Match in an inner-city setting with class sizes with more then 50 students.

As recent as yesterday, while analysts recommended the city lays off some 1,700 employees,and in doing so,  triggers union pay increases, which more than offsets the cost savings, a  Los Angeles City Council committee  recommended the city make 1,000 more layoffs next year than the 761 already planned by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

All this while there is an exodus of business from California to Las Vegas, Utah and Arizona.

So, what does the Los Angeles City Council do next?  Pass a resolution objecting to the Arizona Immigration Law on the grounds that it "undermines democracy" - Really!

The resolution is as toothless as the "Iran faces serious consequences" message uttered by the President, repeated by the Vice President and Secretary Hilary Clinton, only to modity the threat to "  Iran faces serious consequences only if China and Russia will let us"

If the Los Angeles City Council would just take a public stance on California's Triple Threat, perhsp there would be a modicum of credibility.  As it is, the Arizona resolution carries as much weight as the "Iran faces serious consequences" message.

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