As so often happens in my life. I’m out of sync. I’ve been working for my chosen mayoral candidate like I’m getting paid, I’m encouraging voters like, I dunno, it’s a right people have DIED for and then I see this: Only 16% of LA voters voted. It’s not just the mayors race I was keen on. The school board race is darn important and a battle between entrenched LAUSD ( a behemoth) and parental choice. Comic and former co worker John Fugelsang recently twittered “If you supported the Iraq War you don’t have a right to complain about the deficit.” Here, here. If you live in LA and you complain about city services, pot holes, the schools, and you didn’t vote SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE.
Don’t tell me candidates don’t talk about what they would really do to solve problems. Yes, they do. I was front and center, and not looking that good, the day after the election.
Eric Garcetti came in first, but didn’t get 50% of the vote so he and Wendy Greuel now have a run off for May 21st. Sure, he starts with general campaign stuff, but then did get into specifics ( I’m sure it’s the same for all the candidates). On TV that night they only showed a quick clip of him saying something general.
Do parents understand that the school board makes choices that directly affect their children’s schools? That even if you don’t have children you have a stake in how our future generations are educated? In other cities they must. Chicago has 48% for city elections. One of my picks was defeated, one won and the other Antonio Sanchez is in a run off. I do not live in his district, but I still go and hear him speak and wrote a little check for the dude and while I did I yammered on about changes I wanted to see to the school system. Do you think they listen to people who don’t show up, knock on doors or write checks ( not Bloomberg money here, probably enough to get some subs for hungry volunteers)? Why would they?
In this country people have died trying to vote. In other countries they still do. It’s your responsibility to be educated about the issues and the politicians. If candidates seem to have a narrow scope it could because they are targeting the handful of people who come out to vote, unions and old people.
In LA everyone else is too busy complaining about the pizza and pining for snow. Be where you are, live where you live.