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Political Churn Means Lots of New Faces in Los Angeles

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Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
6/13/2014 2:55:27 PM
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Re: Politics and policies
@Terry, you are right, the Gov had done a pretty good job. We'll have to see how all the new people do

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
6/13/2014 11:23:03 AM
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Re: Politics and policies
Again, I 'm mostly in agreement, Dave. But I think by most measures, Gov. Jerry Brown has done a pretty creditable job from getting the state's balance sheet in order to taming the legislature (controlled by his own party). Political observers love to remind us that California is "ungovernable," and while Brown hasn't solved all our problems (drought, jobs), his prior experience has helped him and the state enormously.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
6/13/2014 9:13:39 AM
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Re: Politics and policies
@Terry, I hope you are right. Because these issues need to be worked on and solved, not just talked about. I've lived in Los Angeles County all my life and have seen many issues go unresolved. They spend the money on other less important things.

I'm also not sure if seasoned is better than getting new blood in to office. New people with new ideas and the will to see those ideas turned into reality.

I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
6/12/2014 6:55:59 PM
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Re: Great news
Thanks for your comment, 5thHorseman. I'm not as bullish on Uber and other online apps to address pain points like traffic congestion. More and better public transportation (bus routes, express buses, and continued expansion of LA's light rail network) will take more cars and passengers off the roads than Uber and Lyft can. New routes have also been shown to provide an economic boost to less developed or impoverished areas. That's not something Uber's really equipped to do either.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
6/12/2014 6:49:49 PM
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Re: Politics and policies
I hear what you're saying, Dave... but Hilda Solis, Sheila Kuehl and/or Bobby Shriver are hardly political novices. They are seasoned politicans with varying degrees of experience. And yes, the sooner they can start solving the region's biggest problems (jobs, traffic, housing), the better for everyone, even if their aides are the ones with the ideas.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
6/12/2014 6:46:44 PM
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Re: Politics and policies
Hi Walter: No, I don't expect a big change in direction or ideology. The local economy is doing just okay, job-wise, though housing prices (and rent costs) continue to increase. But the City (and County) or Los Angeles have had to reduce services and suspend them in some cases. Unless voters approve new taxes (highly unlikely), I think the new slate of leaders will be required to do more with less, exactly like their predecessors.

The5thHorseman
The5thHorseman  
6/12/2014 6:44:40 PM
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Great news
I'm a Californian, but not living in the L.A. area. Los Angeles has a long history of being an impetus of change, and I hope it will spur such change in political leadership statewide. It is encouraging, to me, to see that so many people are voting for change. We must begin somewhere, and Los Angeles is the perfect place to demonstrate to all of California, and indeed America, that these career politicians that have been dug in like an Alabama tick CAN be replaced. I hope that Californians and all Americans finally realize that bad policies are created by bad politicians... and you can vote them out of office and bring in fresh, modern ideas that can make a positive difference. Those ideas are out there, and are making a difference today. "Davedgreat2000" mentioned L.A.'s traffic problems... great ideas like Uber.com have brilliantly married technology to solving transportation needs and have significantly increased transportation available to the public by involving the public and reduced the price of a ride at the same time. In addition, they've created self employment opportunity to anyone who owns a [decent, reliable, well maintained] car. These are the kinds of solutions we need more of, and I hope we will see more innovations like Uber when we turn over our leadership to younger, technology oriented citizens. 

kq4ym
kq4ym  
6/10/2014 7:13:03 PM
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Re: upgrading
I'm always a bit skeptical that new faces will bring significant changes to any city or county. There always seems to be too many vested interests to protect. Even though elected, there's always limitations in getting around existing laws, and enacting new rules to enable any quick progress.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
6/10/2014 9:18:51 AM
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upgrading
Yes David, it would be great to see more new technology being utilised in a State that is world famous for new ideas and technology. Its a shame if the tech companies pass on upgrading their own back yards!

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
6/10/2014 9:12:58 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Politics and policies
With the same people in office over and over again, those holding city council positions, city managers etc. not much will change. Howerver, I think this mayor will be able to get things done, he has the will to do so. With new blood coming into the city council shortly, that will help speed things along. Of course there is a learning curve once you get into office but thats what Aides are for, to help move things along.

I sure hope they take care of our Roads and traffice problems. get rid of the idea of a football stadium in downtown L.A. and bring about more public transportation throughout the county. they are also building something like 5000 new apartments, but where are they going to fit all the cars on the roads? Parking? Jobs?

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