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The Los Angeles City Council has voted to consider turning the L.A. Public Library card into an ID card that illegal aliens can use. No matter how the plan is spun, it all boils down to one of two things (or a combination): money and power.
Lots of things about the Occupy Wall Street movement are ironic.
Many fiscal conservatives live in a fantasy world where we can have massive immigration combined with low spending, despite there being absolutely no evidence of that ever happening and despite there being countless examples of how massive immigration leads to increased spending. The way many of those people get around this massive flaw in their policy proposals is to simply ignore immigration's impact.
The Los Angeles City Council, protesting Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration, on Wednesday voted to ban most city travel to Arizona and future contracts with companies in that state... During a morning-long debate on the resolution, council members compared Arizona’s action to Nazi Germany and the beginning of the Holocaust, as well as the internment and deportation of Japanese Americans during World War II. A new Arizona law, which will take effect July 23, will require police to determine whether people they stop are in the country illegally, which critics say will lead to racial profiling.
Appearing on the Greta van Susteren show, Councilmember (and candidate for Lt. Gov. of California) Janice Hahn showed that the Council's decision wasn't based on the actual law but on their fevered imaginings about the law. On the clip here, Hahn states:
"The way I understand it is if a person is suspected of engaging in criminal activity they can be stopped and then if they don't have the papers that prove they're a legal citizen here they actually then can be arrested... they will be arrested and turned over to ICE... So, I don't like the way it talks about using such things as a person's appearance, or language, or cultural traits to make that determination."
Contrary to what Hahn states, the law ("it" in her quote above) contains nothing about "a person's appearance, or language, or cultural traits". Those might be part of Jan Brewer's guidelines for implementation of the law, and they certainly are things that the Border Patrol and other federal agencies have been using successfully for decades, but they aren't in the law as Hahn stated.
Do you want a Lieutenant Governor who can't even read or understand a fairly short law before voting and commenting on it?
Antonio Villaraigosa - mayor of Los Angeles, a former racial separatist leader, and a very strong supporter of illegal immigration - has just announced that he won't be running to be governor of California. Per the Los Angeles Times (a paper that's covered for him for years):
the mayor told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he wanted to devote his full attention to Los Angeles, which is facing its worst fiscal crisis in decades.
The fiscal crisis isn't all his doing, but he's certainly played a major role by supporting massive illegal immigration and various other moves. And, a recent study showed that he doesn't spend as much time each day governing as he could. Despite that, he started a new, four-year term as mayor in March.
The City of Los Angeles recently announced a new public-private partnership called "Bank on Los Angeles" (bankonla.com) that's designed to help 10,000 low-income residents who don't have bank accounts ("the unbanked") open up accounts. It's also open to illegal aliens , and that means that Los Angeles City will be encouraging corruption by helping major banks profit from money that was earned illegally.
Stimulus boondoggle: Los Angeles wants $7 billion for largely worthless projects (GOP stupidity) - 01/29/09
For one small example, $800,000 to retrofit lights on the L.A. River, when a) the current lights seem to be working just fine, b) few people go there at night unless they're heavily armed, c) it can probably be done for much less, and d) it would only employ six people.
While some of the other projects listed would employ large numbers of people, none of them appear to be critical, and no doubt many of them are as discretionary as the River project. And, no doubt there are other actions that would make even more economic sense, such as encouraging the formation of businesses and - especially - encouraging projects other than construction. Notably missing from that page is anything relating directly to technology or anything other than something that would benefit connected construction contractors. Those project aren't exactly going to turn L.A. into Silicon Valley South.
The projects would basically be a giveaway to those connected contractors and to unions, and both would return the favor by donating to those corrrupt politicians such as Antonio Villaraigosa who brought home the pork.
Speaking of which, some of those projects appear like the main beneficiaries would be foreign citizens who are here illegally, and some illegal aliens might receive jobs under the plan.
It's unfortunate that the Republican Party is too stupid and too corrupt to have pointed out things like the above.
UPDATE: It's also worth pointing out that a City Hall bureaucrat probably has much less of an ability to figure out the best way to stimulate the economy as compared to, say, a serial entrepreneur. The stimulus bill puts the decision in the hands of those who - leaving corruption aside - can only think of filling potholes rather than inventing pothole filling machines.
Also, I took the City's figures, rounded them off, and figured out how much each job was worth. See the following table. The "Total Cost" and "Number of Jobs" are as provided at the first link. The first column is Total Cost divided by Number of Jobs. The length of these jobs is not provided so, for instance, the first row in the table could reflect work taking place over a couple years and the last row could reflect work taking place over a month. Or, it could reflect a certain amount of "padding". Note also that many of the per job payouts are the same; that could reflect a formula they're using, or it could indicate them trying to reach some other goal, or it could indicate them just making things up.
The Anti-Defamation League, their Latino-Jewish Roundtable, and several other groups have convinced the Los Angeles City Council to sign the "Declaration of Los Angeles", a far-left resolution that claims to support human rights for "immigrants", but which is little more than a resolution in support of illegal immigration, couched in the expected doublespeak. Next year they're going to try to get the California legislature to sign on, and the Mexican partisans in that body will probably trip over themselves to comply.
The press release quotes Amanda Susskind, Director of the ADL Pacific Southwest Region:
"At this particularly volatile time in our country's history, we find it of utmost importance to unite against hatred and victimization aimed at many people who migrate to this country. Without negating the need for safe and secure borders, nor aligning ourselves with partisan politics on the issue, the ADL stands strong in the desire to support basic human rights and fair treatment of immigrants."
There certainly is some "hatred and victimization" of all types of immigrants, yet as their history shows the ADL is willing to smear those who simply support our laws of engaging in those practices. And, of course, "migrate" is a bit close to the Mexican government's favorite euphemism for illegal immigration, "migration". And, of course, their "fair treatment" - based on their past statements - is "comprehensive immigration reform".
According to the release, the Declaration also condemns "xenophobic rhetoric... especially about Latino immigration". As above, their definition of "xenophobia" is what others call "opposition to massive illegal immigration". They also oppose "vigilante civilian patrol groups creating the potential for violence and an atmosphere of fear and lawlessness", a truly Orwellian phrase considering the massive lawlessness and political corruption associated with what the ADL supports.
The doublespeak continues:
The Declaration calls upon local, state and federal government officials to: recognize and protect the basic human rights of immigrants, support humane treatment of undocumented persons, publicly denounce xenophobia, monitor and respond to extremists groups that advocate bigotry or racism, hold to the highest standards of human rights and dignity all law enforcement and judicial processes that relate to deportation, detention and immigration status, and recognize the need for a safe and secure United States.
Of course, the government monitoring and responding to groups that abide by the laws is a truly fascistic idea, but no one ever said the other side were nice people. And, the implication that the DHS is not dealing with "undocumented persons" (illegal aliens) humanely is meant to chill attempts at enforcing our immigration laws.
In brief, their position - and the one now taken by the Los Angeles City Council - is only a slightly cleaned-up version of that that one might expect from the Mexican government.
Which brings us to their partners in this enterprise:
* ACLU of Southern California (has at least one indirect link to the Mexican government)
* American Jewish Committee
* American Jewish Congress
* Archdiocese of Los Angeles (led by Cardinal Roger Mahoney)
* Asian Pacific American Legal Center
* Bet Tzedek Legal Services
* Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (alleged collaborateurs with the Mexican government)
* Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
* Gay and Lesbian Center Legal Services Department
* Korean American Coalition
* LA Center for Law and Justice
* League of United Latin American Citizens
* Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF, has at least on indirect link to the Mexican government)
* National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles Section
* Progressive Jewish Alliance
* Public Counsel Law Center
* South Asian Network
Guess what: they already have. As detailed a year ago, L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti - consistently an idiot - together with then-mayor Jim Hahn welcomed Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley to the rollout for new security cameras which were placed on Hollywood Boulevard.
Chicago now has a proposed ordinance to require bars to install security cameras. Who exactly would monitor those cameras is uncertain, but I have no doubt that the government would eventually assume that role.
If Daley's advocacy for cameras on the street lead to Los Angeles installing them, have no doubt that our own leading lights - lead no doubt by Garcetti - will soon come out with a similar proposal.
Also, as pointed out in the other entries in this category, there's usually someone around to say something creepy, and here's the current version:
"The safer we make the city, the better it is for everyone," says Chicago Alderman Ray Suarez, who first proposed mandatory cameras in some businesses. "If you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about?"
Last October, the L.A. City Council, lead by Councilman Eric Garcetti, proposed installing five surveillance cameras on Hollywood Blvd., with 59 more to follow on Hollywood, Sunset, Santa Monica, and Western. According to an LAPD spokesman at the time: "people are ready to feel more secure in their communities. I think they are willing to give up a little bit ... for more security."
Mayor Jim Hahn was joined today by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, and City Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge to unveil the first of five surveillance cameras that will supplement and enhance Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) efforts to reduce crime and increase the quality of life for residents and visitors to the Hollywood Area...
..."Our two cities are committed to sharing strategies and techniques to deter criminals and improve the quality of life of all our residents," said Mayor Daley. "Cameras are the equivalent of thousands of sets of eyes..."
..."Cameras have already met with great success in Los Angeles," said Councilmember Eric Garcetti. "This neighborhood has fought its way back to become L.A's number one place to live, work and visit. These cameras will give Hollywood added security and make residents and visitors feel safer..."
But, that's not the only new camera system the LAPD is working on:
The Los Angeles Police Department is testing a camera system that could improve its chances of arresting car thieves.
The system uses mobile digital cameras to scan up to two thousand license plates per hour and compare them to a database of stolen vehicles. The scans offer virtually instantaneous results, meaning an officer is alerted the moment the system focuses on the plate of a vehicle that has been reported stolen.
Police first tested the device in the San Fernando Valley during the busy Christmas shopping season...
A longer story about this, including ACLU quotes and some backstory of surveillance cameras, is in "Cameras after gangsters". It includes these quotes from LAPD Chief Bill Bratton:
"I'm not worried about [privacy arguments] at all," he said. "It's public spaces -- just as you and I are able to see with our eyes.
"If you're not wanted for something, you have nothing to fear."
The press release from the British company that's supplying the Platescan technology is here.
Inventive readers are invited to speculate on how we could be even safer. See also the Surveillance Camera Players.
It was the Los Angeles City Council's first day back in session since an appellate court chastised it for failing to pay attention to the public during its meetings.
But so far, it didn't look like a whole lot had changed.
As they discussed tsunami relief and rewards for crime victims, council members Tuesday continued their practice of walking around, using cell phones and talking to aides while they carried out the public's business...
"It was like the first day back to school after Christmas break." [Janice Hahn said.]
...Indeed, as Councilman Tom LaBonge was asking the city's emergency preparedness staff about the tsunami disaster in Asia, most of the council members had left their chairs.
Councilman Dennis Zine got on his cell phone, while Hahn went into the audience to speak to an aide.
Councilman Bernard Parks carried on a lengthy conversation with a former colleague, while others went missing completely.
Hahn defended her actions, saying she was having a private debate with her aide over whether to speak on the tsunami issue.
And LaBonge said he had no problem with so few of his colleagues sitting in their seats while he spoke.
"What bothers me at the end of the day is if we don't get our work done," he said...
Previous coverage here.
A three-judge panel ruled Thursday that the Los Angeles City Council must hold a new hearing on a controversial strip club because its members were too busy eating, talking on the telephone or doing other activities to listen to the public's testimony...
...Neighborhood activists from across the city have long complained that council members -- as well as the county Board of Supervisors -- show a lack of respect to them at their meetings. The issue surfaced repeatedly in 2002, when community leaders in the Harbor Area, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley tried to break away and form their own cities...
...A spokeswoman for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said the city is studying the decision. But Councilman Dennis Zine defended his colleagues, saying their jobs require that they sign documents, read reports and hold other conversations even while meetings are taking place.
"We're basically multi-tasking," he said. "Good, bad or indifferent, that's unfortunately what's required to keep pace with the activities taking place in the council."
Councilwoman Janice Hahn struck a more conciliatory note, saying she and other council members should try harder to give the public their undivided attention. Still, she argued that she listens even while she talks privately with a colleague.
"I can only speak for myself, but if I'm eating, I certainly am listening," she added...
...Diamond said the council's behavior gives the public the impression that council meetings are "fixed," with all of its decisions being arranged in advance. The real business, he argued, is conducted behind the scenes with lobbyists and political allies...
Using a combination of aggressive real estate negotiations, political gamesmanship and eminent domain, the Los Angeles Unified School District is scooping up hundreds of acres of land in a $14-billion campus building program that will result in enough new classroom seats to fill Dodger Stadium three times over.
The LAPD and the BICE busted a drop house in Watts in which over 110 illegal aliens were held captive. The house is 1100 square feet, and the doors were chained shut while the smugglers demanded more money. 88 of the aliens are now in BICE custody awaiting deportation.
The smugglers escaped, and the aliens are out thousands of dollars.
While we can occasionally bust drop houses, the more intelligent way to reduce the number of such incidents is to make it unprofitable to hire illegal aliens.
The backstory is the most interesting part of this:
Local law enforcement officials say the only thing unusual about the case is the large number of people found in the house - and the active involvement of federal immigration officials.
LAPD Cmdr. Jim Tatreau said that the department has encountered numerous safe houses and human-smuggling rings that federal officials chose not to handle.
In many of these cases, he said, the immigrants were released into the streets after police ensured that they are in decent health and not victims of other crimes because the LAPD does not have authority to hold them.
LAPD rules prohibit officers from seeking deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants who have not committed a crime, Tatreau said.
City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose district includes Watts, said the immigration agency has largely abdicated enforcement responsibilities in Los Angeles.
"The federal government is turning a blind eye to what's happening at the border," Hahn said.