Ron Kaye's recent rambler about Grieg Smith's proposal to shift sidewalk repair to property owners demonstrates how far your average kleptocratic City Counciman is willing to go to screw every current homeowner in the City of Los Angeles.
Knowing full well that homeowners are a minority in town, rather than the majority they constitute in nineteen of the nation's top twenty cities, Smith is simply trying to take advantage of a minority community, as are most Councilpeople these days.
Basically, they're trying to drive everyone who currently owns single-family property here out of town with fee hikes, in the hope that the lot will sell to someone who wants to develop forty cramped units on it---the kind of person who slips a Councilperson a few grand to get the zone change he or she wants.
I'll tell you what, Smith: if you want me to repair my own sidewalk, the sidewalk that your City built, the sidewalk that your City hasn't maintained for eighty-three years: I'll just put NO TRESSPASSING signs on either end of it too, to make sure nobody hurts themselves on what you're now telling me is my property to fix.
Or better yet: how about me just maintaining my property and you maintaining yours, the City sidewalk.
Don't you even think of shifting one of your failing City's biggest liabilities to me. It's unethical, and of course, it will soon be determined illegal too.
Deed me the sidewalk and I'll maintain it in the way that I want to. But if it's your property---you maintain it.
ELSEWHERE: SEIU boasts about 50/50 program, where homeowners pay half for City repairs.