Indifference of opinion

first_imgThe seeds of Westside overdevelopment and horrible traffic were planted decades before he ever set foot in City Hall. Weiss is just the latest council member to ignore how City Hall’s destructive planning policies have hurt the quality of life in many neighborhoods in favor of his own political ambition. Weiss didn’t make this mess; he just hasn’t cleaned it up. In a perfect world, that would be reason enough for a recall. Council members are elected to office and paid handsome six-figure salaries rapidly approaching $200,000 a year for the sole purpose of representing the 250,000 or so constituents in their district. In the past few years, traffic on the Westside has gotten so bad that people once fiercely opposed to a pricey Westside subway are now begging for one. And it seems that Weiss hasn’t noticed the urgency of constituents’ cries while he’s plotting his next career step. This recall attempt is unlikely to result in the overthrowing of Weiss. It’s tough to whip up an interest in such a politically apathetic populace. IN politics, pandering does pay. And clearly Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss has not spread enough solicitousness around his district. If he had paid as much attention to his constituents as he has to his run for city attorney and to the monied interests in town, he might not be facing a revolt from neglected constituents. The recall posse, consisting mostly of homeowners groups, is accusing Weiss of being responsible for the overdevelopment of the Westside. But, mainly, it seems, they are angry because he’s pandered too much to the developers’ interests and not enough to theirs. It’s really not fair to lay the overdevelopment of West Los Angeles at Weiss’ feet. Indeed, it seems Weiss’ real crime is being arrogant and indifferent to a demanding constituency. But it should serve as a warning to Weiss and other council members that there’s only so long the public will put up with neglect. And it seems that point may have been reached in one part of Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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