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Gail Goldberg, developer-doormat optimist


JM, Goldberg & Bernstein with some commoners, 1.17.08~

The Mayor's planning chief Gail Goldberg wants to take you out of your cars, and also still insists that we have room to grow:

If we are going to continue to grow and prosper, more people are going to come here.... We can accommodate more people, we can't accommodate more cars. And so we have to give people other options. Other cities do this....

Don't you love that we can accommodate more people? LA is already more dense than New York City.

Gail Goldberg, the Mayor's developer-doormat from San Diego, who makes $200,000 a year for dispensing wisdom like this, knew almost nothing about the City of Los Angeles on arrival in 2005. In 2009, she still maintains that growth is inevitable for the City of Los Angeles.

But media continue to ignore the Mayor's race, which despite department head picks like Gail Goldberg is unfolding in a cone of silence. In ignoring the Mayor's race, the media also ignore the awful legacy of the Villaraigosa administration, most notably the way the Mayor gamed key City departments with out-of-towners, to make everyone beholden to him so that he could run the City not like a Mayor at all, but like a syndicate boss.