Often, during the week as I cite property owners to make maintenance repairs on their buildings, their response to me sometimes is: ".... why can the City send you to force me to make repairs, and only give me 30 days to comply, when the City won't even repair my crumbling sidewalk, curbs and streets....about six years ago the City stopped routinely trimming our street lined palm trees....now the only time they get trimmed is during a wind storm when dried falling fronds smack and damage our cars...."
A property owner on La Brea and Jefferson tried to place concrete in a large deep pot hole that splattered water and loose gravel onto the entrance of his building as cars ran over the pot hole, but was stopped by a passing city inspector who told him he was not allowed to make the repair.
The reality: I've observed a section of damaged sidewalk demolished and repaired in two days by two private workers, and one truck. A city crew would take about six workers, several trucks, and done in about two days. Our City leaders preach to us to conserve and be efficient, but then, they don't follow through and practice what they preach.
A sharp city controller who is not bucking for higher office would stop the practice of some departments from purchasing unnecessary brand new fleet of trucks, when it would be cheaper to maintain the current fleet for a few more years. Service and maintenance city trucks don't need to be brand new. Some new equipment is purchased, only to just sit in the yard unused. Is the vendor a political donor or politically related?
A fresh new mayor would have to be elected to begin to clean up the dismal representation we receive from City Hall. I'm urging my friends and neighbors to support Kevin James for Mayor and vote for no incumbent. Not one!