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2020 Commission Paints A Bleak Picture Of L.A. PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A 13-member citizen panel says in a released report that Los Ange- les is a city in decline, strangled by traffic, weighed down by pov- erty and suffering from “a crisis of leadership and direction.”

The Los Angeles 2020 Com- mission, convened by City Coun- cil President Herb Wesson to ex- amine the city’s economic woes, offered a harsh assessment of civic decision-making, warning that Los Angeles is heading to a future where local government can no longer afford to provide public services.

The panel, chaired by former U.S. Commerce Secretary Mick- ey Kantor, said Los Angeles lacks a coherent approach to econom- ic development and trails other major cities in job growth. City government spending is grow- ing faster than revenue and the pension benefits of city employ- ees are at risk, said the report titled “A Time For Truth.”

“The city where the future once came to happen has been living in the past and leaving tomorrow to sort itself out,” the report said.

Wesson asked Kantor to con- vene the panel and choose its members nearly a year ago.

“He and others felt there was value in having an independent look at the city's problems,” a spokesperson said.

The report warns that the Los Angeles Unified School District is “failing our children and betraying the hopes of their hardworking parents.” It says Measure R, the 2008 tax hike designed to pay for new rail lines, would leave traffic essen- tially unchanged. And it con- cluded that the city’s push to have 10,000 police officers – a benchmark reached by former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – is “not real” because of the way the officers have been deployed in recent years.

The report also warned that the city is “dramatically under- investing” in the harbor, the airport and the Department of Water and Power.

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