|There was an election? Did not realize that. Who won?|
Guess what percentage of L.A.'s registered voters did not bother to vote in yesterday's election? The answer is 88.41%.
Let me put that another way: 1,454,005 of the 1,644,647 people registered to vote in America's second-biggest city simply skipped an election. They did so even though the City is nearly bankrupt, and even though approximately half of them live in districts where they could have replaced current City Council Members.
Every single feckless incumbent was re-elected to office, without even a run-off, by maddeningly small margins.
Councilman LaBonge stayed in office with a margin of just 827 votes. That is, he needed 8,130 votes to win, and he received 8,956.
Councilman Cardenas retained his office with a margin of just 599 votes. He needed 3,411 votes to win; he received 4,009.
Councilman Huizar squeaked by with a margin of 2,051 votes. He needed 7,216 votes to win; he received 9,266.
Councilman Wesson maintained his office by a margin of 2,650 votes. To win, he needed 5,5,562; he got 8,212.
Think about those numbers, would you? In major American city that is failing, and that has 1.6 million registered voters, the career politicians who caused the crash-and-burn are staying in office by margins of 827 votes, 599 votes, and so on, because 1.4 million voters don't even show up.
Plus, only .04% -- less than one half of one percent -- of L.A.'s registered voters realized that the "library" ballot measure was an unjustifiable tax hike: 65,669 people voted against it; 113,350 voted for it; and everyone else stayed home. Hey, do you think the people who voted for it even know that on election day, the City Council diverted nearly $1 billion of revenues to "welfare for the rich" through so-called redevelopment programs?
Do you understand, now, why I will never run for office again in this City? The combination of lazy media and uninformed voters spell doom for America's second-biggest city. And if you think that's hyperbole, I have one word for you: Detroit.
Okay, enough pessimism. Hey, who's running for the 2013 elections?