After all, we're facing much more important issues: a national recession; two wars; global warming; state and federal deficits; and whether 3-D TV's are going to catch on.
Judging from voter turnout, the overwhelming majority of L.A.'s voters just don't give a damn. They care about presidential elections, but you never need to wait in line to vote for City Council.
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Well, frankly, why should L.A. voters care?
Why should they use their precious time even to learn about local issues and politicians, much less get involved in such trifling matters?
You tell me.
Seriously: use the comments feature, below.
Tell me -- and the other nine people who visit this outstanding website -- what you would say to someone to make them start paying attention to local politics. Give us, in short, your succinct sales pitch to pique the interest of the million-plus people who skip local elections.
Let me suggest a few possible themes to explore with our fellow citizens who ignore local politics:
- Your job is in L.A. Do you know how many businesses left L.A. last year? Did you know the unemployment rate for L.A. is much higher than the national average, the state average, and even the average of surrounding cities?
- Your biggest investment -- your home -- is in L.A. Do you think City Hall is pushing the value of your property up, or down? You really can't say, can you?
- Wouldn't you like to be able to send your kids to a public school?
- City Hall spends hundreds of millions of dollars per year on "community redevelopment;" does your neighborhood look like it got even $1,000 worth?
- Hey, you think people like you in Detroit felt the same way? You do know about Detroit, right?
- Did you know the population of the City of L.A. is bigger than the population of 24 states? Did you know City Hall's annual budget is over $6 billion?
You'll come up with something much better, I'm sure. The goal is to get good people to stop skipping local elections, and throw their support behind L.A. Clean Sweep and its candidates, so we can make this city a great place to live and work.