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Major disappointment

first_imgBy blindly giving its blessing to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to hike garbage fees for Los Angeles homeowners, the City Council has managed to disappoint, yet again, in many, many ways. The first disappointment is the plan itself. Fees, by law, are supposed to pay for the service provided; otherwise, they’re a tax, and need to be approved by the public. But City Hall has passed a garbage fee ostensibly to pay for new cops, yet without any benchmarks, let alone sound commitments to show that’s where the money will really go – for policing. So, either the promise of more police service is just a sham to make the public feel better, or the fee truly is paying for an unrelated service, in which case it’s an illegal tax. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsEither way, taxpayers have a right to be angry. Moreover, city leaders never made a good case that they needed more money at a time when city coffers are awash in $400 million in new revenues. And the Los Angeles Police Department hasn’t been able to spend all the money for new cops that it already has. City leaders are jacking up the trash bill for L.A. homeowners from $11 to $28 a month – not so much because they need the money, but because they simply want it. Talk about disappointing. The disappointment is compounded by the council’s refusal to even meaningfully debate the hike or seriously consider public views. This was such a good idea, apparently, that it didn’t merit discussion. Then, adding insult to injury, the council passed the measure unanimously, proving once again that all members actually represent City Hall’s interests – not their constituents’. Remember that next time council members swear that they really have your best interest, and not that of their self-serving political system, at heart. Not one of them stood up for L.A. residents against an arguably illegal and unnecessary tax. This is a fee hike that will hit the middle-class San Fernando Valley, with its concentration of homeowners, the hardest. And it destroys the city’s social contract, making residents pay more for one of the few services they thought were covered in their taxes. Perhaps disappointing is too soft a word. Disgusting is more like it.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more