Friday, August 07, 2009

Odds and Ends 129

The Ponte Vista Outreach Team published a new post on their: site.

The post is their take on what they have been doing since last April and what they expect to happen when Ponte Vista at San Pedro comes before the Los Angeles City Planning Commission on August 13.

As expected, there will be nothing earth shattering during that meeting, concerning Ponte Vista.

I do hope we all get a chance to see the new drawings and public publication of the new plans for the 61.53 acre site, beginning in September.

And now for something completely different.

I feel there has been a paucity of humor in the discussions concerning Ponte Vista. There have been some remarkably hilarious quotes coming from all sides of the issue, but I feel there could always be more humor in the issues being talked about

When I found out that Ponte Vista was born in the same hospital as President Obama seems to have been, according to some folks, I made it my duty to find Ponte Vista's birth certificate.

Here below, is the birth certificate:

Now unlike when President Obama was born, according to his "Kenyan" birth certificate, Ponte Vista was born in Mombasa which by that time really was in Kenya and not Zanzibar like on August 4, 1961.
I am sure Mr. and Mrs. Bisno were very happy to finally have their newborn out and about. Who know that just a little under four years later, the little site would turn on its parents and force them out?
This is another reminder that R Neighborhoods Are 1 hasn't left the playing field or ridden off into the sunset. The machinery is still oiled and ready for quick start up, if necessary.
Some of us are not finding the inclusion of folks beyond the development team and the City Planning Department, in current discussions about what may be the best results for OUR community.
I hope the Councilwoman's office, Mr. Fentin, and he Planning Department will welcome into the discussion serious representatives of OUR community to assist in creating the best Ponte Vista as San Pedro as possible.


Anonymous said...

ponte vista is hoping to release new plans in september, per today's daily breeze.

Anonymous said...

Note Worthy NEWS-

Los Angeles Daily News

Half off: Cutting pay of L.A. city officials worth considering

THE nascent effort to cut the pay of Los Angeles city politicians by half could have a simple, but effective campaign: Just publicize their pay and perks.

The annual salary alone is enough to ignite ire in City Hall, where most workers are seeing their pay cut due to furloughs.

City Council members: $178,789
City controller: $196,667
City attorney: $214,546
Mayor: $232,425

In addition to the six-figure salary, elected officials also get a city car, free gasoline and expense accounts.

Once the average Angeleno sees how much their electeds collect, and ponders the quality of city services in recent years, chances are they will eagerly endorse this "50-percent solution."

The City Hall half-off initiative is the brainchild of Doug Epperhart, a publisher, community activist and member of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. He complains that city leaders, from the mayor to the 15 City Council members, are seriously overpaid.

"They make more than senators and congressmen, and they're paid way more than state legislators," Epperhart said.

He aims to "right size" the salaries of city politicians by cutting them in half. Currently, their wages are tied to judge's salaries - which have been going up and up, resulting in a 25 percent increase since 2005.

Epperhart has proposed an initiative for the November 2010 ballot that would insert the word "half," into the City Charter so that city leaders' pay scale would be half that of judges. City Council members would earn $89,394; the controller would earn $98,334, and so on.

Public opinion of politicians is pretty low these days, and many voters would probably happily support slashing the pay of elected officials.

LA Daily News

Anonymous said...

did you see the brief report in the breeze?

elise told the breeze a new plan will drop in september.