LA’s Scandal-Plagued Government
Entitled Career Politicians
Members of the City Council have engaged in racism, violence, and corruption. Should one telling citizens “Fuck You” on the way out surprise anyone?
- Former City Council Member Paul Koretz
With term limits ending his time on the Los Angeles City Council, Paul Koretz decided that his next government paycheck would come from the City Controller’s office. The only thing that stood in his way was a movement propelled by a young upstart, Kenneth Meija. Apparently having lost touch with the electorate, the veteran politician went negative in the campaign by condemning his opponent for rallying against the status quo, which was the very thing that was propelling his following. Meija won nearly two-thirds of the vote, getting more votes than even Mayor Karen Bass.
Koretz’s bitterness at his loss was apparent as he said his goodbyes at his last City Council meeting. Instead of sailing away quietly into the sunset, the Councilman used his last seconds of power to tell his constituents: “Fuck you.” The ruling class on the council’s dais cheered this vulgar act, jointly giving us all the middle finger.
This display of disdain for the public by the city’s leaders should not be surprising to anyone. Our city council has become a den of corruption where too many of its members feel entitled to the seats they hold. They are supposed to be representing us, but any attempt to hold them accountable is looked at with disdain. The city council chamber has become a war zone with police clad in riot gear regularly used to quiet any dissent.