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Los Angeles City Council corrupt politicians ‘give permission’ for exercise of the rights of Occupy – obtaining in return – a controversial “responsible banking incentive” measure.

Why haven’t the over 1500 Occupy groups adopted the Los Angeles City Council model of ‘doing business?’ Our City of Los Angeles is the sole poster child when it comes to corporatist, special interest money spoiling good government. The Los Angeles City Council politicians, spearheaded by Richard Alarcón and Bill Rosendahl who became local governance’s heroes by bamboozling naive Occupy Los Angeles participants by supporting their Free Speech rights with photo-ops between movie premieres or parties and a broken, corrupt political system.

Though Chris Hedges’ rubric (coming on the heels on this article that began as a facebook note) that the 99% Occupy movement will say no to any co-opting by democrat party politicians or democratic organizations like moveon, Los Angeles city-bred Occupy movement has carved itself out to be an exception to that rule.

The Occupy Los Angeles folks ought to have caught on their role as pawns in the political game in advancing a three year process delay in Council action to implement a controversial “responsible banking incentive” measure – (in a cash-strapped budget) that was tied to: “the continuation of the peaceful and vibrant exercise in First Amendment Rights carried out by “Occupy Los Angeles” on the City Hall lawn.’

How much does this “responsible banking incentive” cost the taxpayers in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles faces tens of million of dollars in additional borrowing costs after the City Council told anti-Wall Street protesters the city intends to cut ties with banks involved in financial wrongdoing, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.

The city may have to pay $27.8 million in termination fees and replacement costs in just one program if it’s prohibited from doing business with banks providing letters of credit for an infrastructure program, Santana said today in a memo to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and city leaders. Additional debt service would cost $14.9 million a year if it has to refinance commercial paper into long-term debt at higher interest rates, Santana said in a telephone interview.

Council members in the nation’s second-largest city by population passed a resolution Oct. 12 in support of the demonstrations and promising to accelerate the issuance of “report cards” rating banks on such things as foreclosures and charitable giving. The vote came after three hours of public comment, much of it by participants in Occupy Los Angeles who’ve camped in front of City Hall since Oct. 1.

“The financial repercussions will be immense” if the city’s governing body instructs his office to stop doing business with many of it current lenders, Santana said in the report.
Council member Richard Alarcon, who sponsored the resolution, said Santana’s reaction showed Occupy Los Angeles is having an effect.

Los Angeles, Wooed by Occupy Protest, Faces Higher Debt Cost

Yes, Los Angeles is on the list. And in deep denial of the cost of “responsible banking incentive” associated with “permissions” resolved to exercise rights.
7 U.S. Cities on the Verge of Bankruptcy

Last week, lawmakers asked city analysts to continue developing a plan to use the city’s financial heft to punish misbehaving financial institutions. On Tuesday, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana issued a dire warning: Such a move could cost the city at least $58 million.

Officials’ embrace of Occupy L.A. loosens a bit over fiscal issue

So it’s not $27.8 million. Only one of a number of costs of Occupy Los Angeles borne by the local taxpayer is now: $58 million. Pass the hat around, Occupy Los Angeles, for the saw has proven true: “Be careful for what you wish for, you might get it” – in terms of ‘permission’ given by corrupt politicians to ‘allow’ ‘Free’ exercise of Constitutionally-protected rights.

Though police brutality is coursing through most other Occupy movements, Los Angeles Occupy has sold out, trading security in exchange for liberty (to act on one’s own behalf) – and losing both. (Ben Franklin)

Occupy Wall Street participants have cause to be wary of ‘progressives’ and Democrats. The Occupy Los Angeles group has a cozy, co-opted, conflicted, and hypocritical relationship with the City Council that represents the Corporatist Financial/Banking Interests – the very target of the Occupy movement world-wide.

Obama’s trail of broken promises and continuation of Bush policies has worsened the disparity between the 400 ruling family elite and the 99% of the rest of us. His beholdence to banksters and their stolen Worker created wealth from Worker productivity over a thirty year period culminated in the explosion of Revolutionary Occupy groups numbering over 200 in the US and over 800 world-wide. The Occupy movement arose from millions of People being foreclosed and losing their incomes after voting for ‘change’ in 2008. So look out for any Democratic attempts to coopt the movement for political purposes cast in the same deception the Repugnantcons used to pressure the Fed to employ a twist (not used in 50 years and then with mixed results) to keep the markets and economy depressed until after the November 2012 elections – to lock-in an executive Repugnantcon win.

“Progressive leaders” and Democrat groups who supported and then betrayed by Obama and his policies – own the suffering wrought by those unjust elite-enrichments at the cost of the middle class – now vanished.

Well, in Los Angeles, the democrat politicians who rammed the sports stadium down the taxpayers’ throats, Have Coopted the Occupy movement with the Los Angeles City Council voting permission for the Occupiers to camp on City Hall grounds.

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Last Tuesday, council members Dennis Zine, Eric Garcetti, Ed Reyes and Rosendahl toured the campsite on Temple Street to get a little face time with the L.A. Occupiers – which would make a great name for our new NFL team given the dirty deal in the works to stuff Farmer’s Field down our throats.

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For decades, back-room deals have been brokered for the benefit of developers, public unions and other power interests and high rollers, the public be damned! The Occupy Los Angeles protesters are being played for fools by the Spring Street Cynics, another good name for our NFL team. Grateful protesters smiled at Mayor Villaraigosa as he handed out rain ponchos for the benefit of the cameras. But the real smiles are on the faces of developers and union reps when the mayor and council members hand out your money.

Councilman Rosendahl was heard to tell a protester, “We are not your enemies.” Perhaps. But you’re definitely not a friend.

Dennis McIntyre: L.A. is really occupied by corruption

Real spirit of our 99% Occupy movement can be found on the Right Coast:

Hours after it kicked off, the march arrived in Washington Square Park, having lost none of its energy. While doctors in white coats, part of the “Heathcare for the 99 percent” movement, shared heartrending stories of patients without adequate insurance and college kids sat in a circle and planned possible school building occupations, the marchers took a breather and the cops grabbed some food.

Then as suddenly as they appeared, the marchers were off again and it was the cops, reacting slowly, who blocked streets and disrupted traffic.

“Whose streets? Our streets!” boomed the protesters as they streamed out of the park toward a rally in Times Square. As they made a right onto 6th Avenue, the Occupy Wall Street crew began chanting, “We are the 99 percent and so are you!” A crowd soon formed across the broad avenue as daytrippers and tourists snapped photos and shot cell phone video of the crowd.

“Stop watching, start walking,” a young woman in the middle of the march yelled, and she was soon joined by a chorus. Across 6th Avenue, some people waved, some smiled and some looked away. But a woman with a small child holding her hand moved forward and took a tentative step into the crosswalk. The crowd beckoned her forward, and while the young boy looked wary, she coaxed him on. In an instant, the crowd erupted in a loud cheer and gleeful applause as the pair crossed the street and joined the march. With two more recruits in tow, the women and men of Occupy Wall Street seemed to double the decibels as they launched into their signature chant: “We are the 99 percent!”

Occupy Wall Street Wins Converts, Flummoxes Cops on Global Day of Protest

The flat-foots were caught flatfooted as Occupy Wall Street marchers took to the streets of New York City.

Part of this effect, the above studies show, comes from fixed leisure budgets. If I shell out $50 for a Cubs ticket, that is $50 I would not spend at a local bar or restaurant. Stadiums often “cannibalize” other urban firms, pulling business away rather than spilling it over. Behemoth retailers have long displayed this tendency, with Walmart as the formidable example.

And yet cities, large and small, still cling to these sizable hopes:

Los Angeles: Last month, after years of efforts, the city council unanimously approved a $1.5 billion deal to bring a NFL team to the City of Angels. The arrangement is reportedly side-stepping subsidies, with the financing coming from city in legally binding bonds. Right out of the box, however, Tim Leiweke, the main developer, has tripped in the blighted neighborhood that will host the project.

Malls, Walmarts, and Stadiums: How Cities Are Shackled to Big Projects

Mark Bergen reports that there are many research reports on public subsidies for private development, particularly sports stadiums. Bergen writes that “the consensus among economists on solid research is pretty clear: ‘There is little evidence of large increases in income or employment associated with the introduction of professional sports or the construction of new stadiums.’

Yet many cities, even in today’s economic environment, continue to tout similar projects of questionable public value. They include Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, and Charlotte. Congress for New Urbanism president—and former Milwaukee Mayor—John Norquist tells Bergen, “Places that have gotten in trouble are the ones that spend way too much money on convention centers, stadiums and malls.”

Cities shackled to big projects

additional references:

Occupy L.A. Anti-Bank Measure at City Hall Could Cost Taxpayers $58 Million: All-Bark, No-Bite City Council Kicks Issue Down The Road

City Council Unanimously Passes Occupy L.A. Resolution — Protesters Struggle to Distance Themselves From Democrats, Unions

Occupy L.A.: City Council Resolution Supports Anti-Wall Street Protesters, Lets Them Keep Sleeping on Front Lawn

Council Applauds Occupy L.A. Protesters; Action Delayed

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Jack Lindblad

Jack Lindblad

Voters registered Decline-To-State numbering 22% in our District have voted for the Lindblad Campaign and Platform at unheard levels for a Green and duopolist-free affiliation: about 90% of us and the alternate parties of Progressiveness have opted for Revolutionary governance!

Jack Lindblad is running to a certain win California's 39th State Assembly District seat in 2012. In a back-to-back contest and one-on-one rematch with the incumbent in 2010 having yielded 22%, tripling the vote from the 8.1% showing in 2008, Lindblad is poised to win in the top two positions in the June Primary. His award-winning sustainable urban design and architecture practice has a healthcare facility emphasis. Lindblad campaigns on a Green-values platform for a carbon-neutral, relocalized, 100% renewable energy, steady state economy, basing development on bio-regional determinism, not developers. He will advance these moral imperatives in the Legislature to balance the budget, manage multiple collapses, mitigate and adapt to ecological collapse's worst catastrophes. A member of Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley Livable Communities Council, he has supported community grass-root efforts, forming neighborhood councils, co-authoring sustainable community plans, stopping gentrification, revitalizing the Tujunga-Pacoima Watershed, assisting in the 'No on B' win to provide unfettered solar power to stakeholders. Jobs, Quality of Life, Fully Funded Public Education - the California Dream for All. Vox Populi is coming to Sacramento!

Politics are dominated by greed, corporatism, militarism and the narrow two-party duopoly. This has led humanity to ecological collapse and social and economic inequity.

At age 59, Lindblad is running for Assembly to advance the ethical and moral imperatives of a Green New Deal in the Legislature, and in so doing, manage and adapt to multiple collapses, mitigate the most catastrophic effects of climate-change, see a transition to a relocalized, green-jobs, carbon-neutral, 100% renewable, net-zero-energy, steady-state economy - arising from the financial meltdown and ongoing 'Great Disruption' - replacing the failed, fossil fuel, carbon-based, "business-as-usual" growth economy, whether in politics or his architecture practice, to lessen the likelihood of looming human extinction. Henry A. Giroux captures his concern to seek public office to replace the corporate-emcumbered incumbent:

"The social and economic collapse we are now experiencing was preceded by a moral and political collapse, largely caused by a political class and a formative culture deeply insensitive to its social and ethical responsibilities."

What has prepared Lindblad to be our District's grassroots representative in the Legislature? Taking no corporate donations nor the beholdence that is part of the bargain, being an effective squeaky wheel in advocacies for health-care patient rights against Big Insurance, advocating for local water reliance, seeing success in the award-winning Panorama City commercial area revitalization plan, experience of meeting project budgets and payroll as a small business, supporting community grass-root efforts, including forming neighborhood councils, co-authoring sustainable community plans, stopping gentrification and in helping to tip the balance against the 2009 Los Angeles City initiative - what amounted to a solar power grab.

Sizable inroads in coalitional politics promise to be realized by the Lindblad Campaign in racking up more the sum of the voter totals of the smaller parties, building on the 8.06% earned in our 2008 campaign, representing 1600% of the Green Party registered base, ranking at the top of the results of other contests where Greens ran. Reaching across partisan lines augers well for the potential of electability to the State Assembly and bridge-building once in office.

By learning from what worked in our 2008 effort, the Lindblad Campaign is ramping up commensurate to win in 2010! Issues that Lindblad is articulating that will form the legislative agenda are locally-based, time-tested in the 2008 effort, and relevant to 39th District constituents:

Social justice issues are inextricably tied to environmental justice and must be part of the environmental agenda. Once elected, I will support and advance legislation to:

one: Save our Neighborhoods! - By lessening the most catastrophic effects of global warming, promote a healthy environment, see a transition to a relocalized, green-collar, steady-state economy, promote sustainable living, fully fund (with inclusion in the stimulus plan) our 32 District-wide contaminated ground water cleanup projects, implement Greenways per Los Angeles 1968 Citywide Plan, Los Angeles River rewilding and cessation of neighborhood gentrification to protect neighborhood integrity - basing development on bio-regional determinism, not developers,

By decentralizing and relocalizing water resources, energy, material goods and food production: Lower impact development with restoration of the Pacoima-Tujunga watershed - with more parks - with hiking, biking, and horse trails along the Los Angeles River washes. Ecological wisdom!

two: Ensure Health care is a Right, not a privilege! - By guaranteeing quality universal single payer healthcare for all that will save 30% over the current privatized model,

three: Stop Payola Politics! By banning all corporatist lobbying and campaign spending with full implementation of public financing of elections and formation of a District-wide Assembly council. Grass-roots Democracy!

four: Protect Rights - not Raids! - By asserting Human Dignity, building community and fair Immigration rights by immediately ending immigration raids and deportation. By reversing a long term trend of spending on prisons over education. by early childhood care, education, mentoring and sports to prevent gang violence. Educate - not Incarcerate! Social Justice. Non-violence. Respect for Diversity.

five: Balance the budget on time! By a split roll amendment to Proposition 13 for business property to be assessed on a 'mark-to-market' every ten years and a Green New Deal, scuttling the 2/3 requirement in favor of 60% required for budget passage, a smaller, manageable correctional system, and a relocalization of power from Sacramento to communities. Budgetary responsibility.

What are Lindblad's legislative proposals to answer economic collapse?
The regressive tax policy must be changed as part of the initiatives to transition to a green jobs, renewable energy economy and to steer away from unregulated financial environments. Reduce inflationary spiral on lower income workforce by a phased elimination of state tax on wages and salary and sales tax compensated with a graduated tax rate on gross rents, gross business receipts and resource-based, carbon taxes.

Curb unsustainable speculative urban sprawl, mansionification through tax incentives by replacing tax on building improvements with tax on land. By doing so, transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use, smart, in-fill community development based on net zero energy (generating on-site renewable power) - will help meet the mission of AB 32 that mandates a 25% reduction in global greenhouses gases by 2020 - encouraged with certified renewable energy credits- such as feed-in-tariffs. The overall objective for the rate-payer is to 'get off the grid' by achieving net-zero-energy performance. Change tax policy to close developer loopholes to increase public coffers. Represent people and neighborhood interests by removing the developer and corporate lobbyist influence over land-use planning decisions. Environmental Justice.

six: Mass transit! New bus lines and light rail connecting inter-nodal transportation hubs. Decentralization.

and seven: New Mission Community College community-based campuses and expansion of curriculum into four-year, state university accreditation and status. 100,000 well-qualified students are shut out from the California University system. Personal and Global Responsibility, Feminism.

Bio:

-Occupation: Architect.
-Master of Architecture, Texas A&M University with an Outpatient Healthcare Facility thesis.
-Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design, University of Washington.
-Pioneered a mix of services which defined Diagnostic and Treatment Outpatient Surgical Medical Centers as a new building type employing innovative daylighting techniques.
-Participant, local Immigration rallies, demonstrations against US war in Iraq, and for impeachment of the Bush regime.
-Co-author and presenter, award-winning Panorama City Urban Design Assistance Team Study for developing of a sustainable historic commercial area in cooperation with Los Angeles City Council and Planning Department.
-Initiator, Panorama City Neighborhood Council formation.
-Member, Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley Livable Communities Council.

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