Tomorrow's election day. We've been bombarded with mail and tv, millions of dollars worth, and it still seems to me (and I usually try to follow these things) about very few tangible effects for the neighborhoods.(Interestingly, almost all the millions on the mayoral campaign have come from our neighbors on the westside.) The differences between the mayoral candidates are there, we guess, and both seem like they can do the job, and both seem mostly for the same stuff. So why go out?
After writing the above, I came up the excellent analysis of Gruel v Garcetti by Sarah Newman on USC's Neon Tommy which repeats my thoughts in much deeper and more factual fashion.)
Somewhat more issues for city attorney -- Feuer does seem clearly better -- but still lots of pastels and shades of grey. No wonder the lightest turnout in history is projected - and LA does have an impressive history of light turnouts.
But the propositions have a little more juice. The LA Times is against Prop C, the advisory measure saying we don't want secret donors drenching elections in campaign money, for reasons that seem weird: it's not quite right, they say, but it's unclear how it would hurt. The marijuana issues are clearer: Prop D rolls back dope dispensaries, yes please. The other two go into the smoke.
But, hey, I voted absentee. Get over there, westsiders, stay awake & do your civic duty.