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THE WEEK THAT WAS – DECEMBER 26TH (2008) – JANUARY 1ST (2009)

In The Week In Review, Uncategorized on January 3, 2009 at 10:47 pm

The first week of my City Attorney campaign was a big one!

The City Attorney is the attorney for all of the people. My goal is to give you, the voter, an opportunity to see and evaluate how I approach the questions and issues that are important to the people of Los Angeles. Comments, concerns, and criticisms are always welcome. When elected, I pledge to continue this practice of openness, transparency, and communication.

At the week’s beginning, I was preparing pleadings on behalf of one of the opponents of Proposition B which will appear on your March 3rd  ballot.  It is the mandated DWP-Owned Solar Rooftop Program ballot initiative measure the City Council rushed through so that they could meet the Nov 7th deadline to put it on the ballot.

Turns out the group writing the ‘Pro’ argument for Prop B (the Proponents) filed a lawsuit against one of the groups that was writing the ‘Con’ argument (the Opponents). The Opponents of Prop B approached me and asked if I would act as their council. Although the notice was very short, I agreed to help.

Now I’m no prophet, but if you have lawsuits occurring over the wording of the ballot arguments, you can bet that if Prop B passes there will be legal challenges due to the rushed nature of the legislation. So once again, we are back to more lawsuits and government by litigation instead of government by competent legislation. That does have to stop. As your city attorney, I would do my part to ensure competent legislation. In this instance I would have advised the Council that  1) a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review of some type was necessary, 2) an active role in DWP operations by the Council may violate the City Charter, and 3) the limited public discussion (closed session discussion is not public) with limited public comment is not in the Council’s best interests.

On New Year’s Day I was at Cabrillo Beach for the Polar Bear Swim.

Polar Bear Swim

It wakes you up to go into 65 degree water; and it was very fun.  I spoke to the people of Los Angeles, and they were very gracious.

I then spent the rest of the day and evening campaigning in East LA. These are tough times. I am encouraged by the courage and the desire of the people of East Los Angeles to meet the economic challenges that confront them. The social contract between the government and the people has been breached. That breach has to be cured. In traveling the entire City I have found that the people in East Los Angeles are in many important ways as disempowered as the people in Valley Village. Homeowners and renters face many of the same challenges. It is time to focus on the common interests and our common values rather than the divisions. It is time to bring the City together by way of a political consensus behind empowerment, reform, and redirection.

How I propose to do this will become evident in future postings on my site.

Stay tuned.

As the year 2009 begins, we would all do well to pay attention to Gandhi’s list of the Eight Blunders of the World, especially No. 7:
1. Wealth without Work                               5. Science without Humanity
2. Pleasure without Conscience                 6. Worship without Sacrifice
3. Knowledge without Character                7. Politics without Principle
4. Commerce without Morality                   8. Rights without Responsibilities

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Empowerment and redirection are a job for us all – Get Involved! Join us and make LA a better place by emailing noel AT noelweiss DOT com

I ask for your vote on March 3rd.

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