Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 2:39AM
Another day of some civic duty. Today's calling, affordable for housing for all Angelenos.
During the committee meeting today, an hour of public comment revealed a Los Angeles that's mostly ready for change, even if grudgingly. Of course the grassroots type organizations like Acorn, LA Voice, and Housing LA rallied an impressive group of commenters spanning economic, social and cultural line. The opposition mostly soft spoke the decision of the council to include some "last minute" amendments to promote mixed income housing. I only heard one strong dissension from a home owner who felt like the city is responsible for systemic limiting of home owners' rights. I could sympathize, but don't share her views. Councilmen Reyes and Weston ran the public meeting with light hands, being generally civil in enforcing the one minute time limit.
While many who spoke today overfilled their sixty seconds, I came in on the short side. Brevity is the soul of wit! Public speaking is scary, but I decided that not saying anything about a problem is worse than looking like a fool for it's sake. So whether or not my words flowed eloquently or not is of less importance to me than actually being there and speaking. In my short experience with LA politics, it seems there's a lot of power in the act of showing up.
So to any others out there in the City of Angels, if you have a problem with some aspect of the local politic or decision making, my advice is to speak up in the public forums and find others to join their voices with yours.