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Brad Smith's best meme: LA's lost decade

Brad Smith comes off well in a pretty good radio interview with Kevin James. In his long interview, which is worth listening to, he sounds far more articulate than James--and no snide remarks about the difficulty of that, please. The CD 12 candidate says that "we've lost a decade" with the present City Council and suggests that with Mitch Englander, a City Hall insider, the District will face more of the same. He points to some Porter Ranch-adjacent SoCal cities that have evolved over the same thirty-year epoch that the District has, such as Simi, and says that Porter Ranch was the place that was overdeveloped. He's worried about the quality of life in the North Valley; he sees it as comfortable but not as well integrated as some of the City's nearby neighbors.

His combination of neighborhood council experience and private business experience make for the kind of mixing envisioned by Greg Nelson in the neighborhood council movement's nascent days; he may, in fact, be the first such breakout candidate. He also impresses as being intellectually curious about urbanism, something City Hall insiders don't show well, even when they are.

I will go so far as to say it: Brad Smith's voice sounds like the voice of a Councilman in this interview. It's a good piece of radio in advance of his Lincoln's birthday barbecue fundraiser this Saturday at the VFW in Granada Hills.