July 18, 2016
Los Angeles has become a predator society under the domination of few billionaires. Some call the new system corruptionism, and it is certainly that. Others call it an oligarchy, and it is that too. Zwartz Talk has termed it Garcettism. Whatever term one uses, the common element is that Los Angeles is controlled group that ruthlessly exploits everyone else.
As students of history know, the control of information is crucial for those who dominate a society. What we do not know is how the propaganda machines looked and felt in prior societies which were being eaten alive by vicious predators. For some reason, Americans use the analogy to pre WW II Germany as the prototype for predatory fascism.
The drawback with referring to Germany is that we now only see pre-WW II Germany through the lens of millions of deaths. We do not see that Germany’s adherence to Due Process surpassed our putative Due Process. [http://bit.ly/2a3Edn9] We do not see that far fewer Germans supported Hitler than Americans who support Trump or Angelenos who support Garcetti. We do not see that the German judiciary put up a far stronger resistance to fascism than the California courts, which have been foully corrupt for three decades. http://bit.ly/1As5sLJ
While Storm Clouds Gather, We see Only Sunshine
When we walk outside our homes in the wonderful Southern California weather, it is hard to know “what evil lurks in the heart of men.” In the 1930’s The Shadow knew [http://bit.ly/29PNVqT], but today we are oblivious. The 193o’s also gave us “Truth, Justice and the American Way” [http://bit.ly/2anAfEw] In the 1950’s, the motto exemplified the American creed and became embedded in our national consciousness by the Superman TV program.
Today, similar destructive forces have taken control of our society while we sleep walk our way through our daily routines. Despite the evidence in front of our faces, we turn a blind eye. Meanwhile the predators act with increasing vigor.
Los Angeles’ War on the Poor is
Also a War on the Middle Class
Since 2001, when the City’s current mayor, Eric Garcetti, was first elected to the LA City Council, over 20,000 rent controlled units have been destroyed. As LA Weekly wrote in 2013, this destruction took the form of ethnic cleansing [http://bit.ly/XjXmGk], but no one cared.
In January 2014, Judge Alan Goodman told Angelenos that Garcetti’s update to the Hollywood Community Plan was intentionally based on “fatally flawed data and wishful thing.” [2014-1-15 J. Goodman Decision] In other words, “propaganda” which was designed to mislead the public.
In case anyone missed the point that the court had just told Angelenos that their city government was giving away billions of dollars to Garcetti’s developer buddies, Judge Chalfant, Judge Jones and Judge Fruin all rejected additional Garcetti Hollywood projects which were based on falsified information. Garcettism was so far out of control that Judge Chalfant had the occupancy permits voided for the high rise at 5929 Sunset Boulevard, but Garcetti gave the developer and his good friends at CIM Group, millions of dollars [http://bit.ly/28M6xdd].
Meanwhile the evictions of the elderly, the disabled and the poor was accelerating swelling the ranks of the homeless. While homeless increased only 0.5% in the County areas and the VA was able to reduce the ranks of homeless veterans by 30% over the last year, the Garcetti Administration increased the City’s homeless population by 5% — ten times as high as the County’s increase.
The Homeless As Pawns of Garcetti’s Billionaire Friends
We’ve learned the motive behind Garcetti’s drive to destroy as many poor people’s homes as possible. The worse the homeless the crisis, the more photo-ops for Garcetti to push for tax money to be given to Mayor Garcetti’s developer buddies so that they may make hundreds of millions of dollars to construct Affordable Housing. http://bit.ly/290JCvQ
The destruction of rental controlled units is not some ancient history. Garcetti is continuing to do it today and we do not have to speculate about the reason. One of his own planning commissioners has told us what was an “open secret.” Garcetti’s wants to make Los Angeles car-free and to destroy truly affordable housing for Angelenos in order to corral us into Transit Oriented Districts. http://bit.ly/2a1I0AK
How The City Council Has Become a Predatory Institution
As has been explained, the Los Angeles City Council operates according to an unlawful vote trading pact, which Penal Code 86 criminalized in 2006. Without this vote trading, Los Angeles City Council would not have approved the gift of over $2 billion of tax dollars to Garcetti’s real estate developer buddies.
Now that Wall Street is balking at financing any more of the luxury apartments and condos for which Garcetti demolished thousands of poor people’s homes, a new scam has arisen. The City will raise $1.2 Billion in bonds (cost to tax payers $2.04 Billion). Then the Garcetti will dole out the construction money to his best buds who will then sprinkle some affordable units among it luxury units.
When the developers’ LLCs and LLPs go bankrupt, the City still has to pay off the bond holders. Who will they be? Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms who would not make loans directly to developers to further over build in the higher end apartment market in LA. By this scam, the developers rake in over a billion dollars, Wall Street earns an outrage interest on the LA $1.2 Billion bonds, and Angelenos are left to pay off Wall Street.
The Difference between Garettism and Trumpism
There is a significant difference between Garcettism and Trumpism. Under Garcettism, it does not matter if one is Black, Brown, White, Gay, Straight, in the Closet, old, young, Asian, smart, stupid, male, female — all those extraneous characteristics have been thrown out the window in Los Angeles. It seems that being Gay is still a disqualified on the national stage which Zwartz Talks guesses is the reason we still have the Garcetti Charade. But, in LA, no one cares about ethnicity, innovative family arrangement, etc. That is one great aspect of LA which is still vibrant. Los Angeles’ Corruptionism is open to all without regard to race, creed, color or national origin.
Perhaps a better way to describe the City of Los Angeles of 2016 is Velvet Fascism. Always one for show tunes, Garcetti knows that “a spoonful of sugar helps the poison do down.”