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The Mayor needs to get specific; the rivals need to work together

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Patt Morrison said today in an op-ed at former fishwrap of record that the Mayor needs to debate his rival pack. I disagree, as almost all the candidates in the rival pack agree on at least a few top points: one, that they are running because print media cover local issues inadequately, and two, that the Mayor's affordable housing programs are a sham.

The Mayor has indulged too much development while devoting far too much of his time to various affordable housing schemes, and none of them have offered true social policy at all; in fact, they have all turned affordable housing into a lottery, as we saw again last week at a new complex in Hollywood. If the City is being asked to buy into four more years of such efforts, the City should hear from the Mayor on what he specifically wants to accomplish with affordable housing. Then, we can measure results.

The Mayor's opposition should celebrate the common ground that exists amongst themselves, and post questions to the Mayor's office as a group. They are already among the City's best watchdogs, and mostly driven to run because they have questions that the media answer inadequately. The pack of rivals would garner more media attention, and force the Mayor to answer questions that print media are reluctant to pose to him, if they worked a little better together.