Villaraigosa and Santana contend that parking garages are not a "core service" of City Hall and should therefore be turned over to a private company. Those statements drew a sharp response from Laura Lake, co-president of Save Westwood Village, a group that opposes the inclusion of the Broxton garage in the proposed parking deal.
If the city opposes subsidies for parking garages then it should also embrace the decision by Gov. Jerry Brown to eliminate its redevelopment agency, a department that routinely doles out subsidies to businesses across the city, Lake said.
Some redevelopment "has been socialism for the rich," Lake said. "And if this city believes in the marketplace for parking, they should believe in the marketplace for redevelopment."