I looked at the calendar today.
It was October 27; not April 1.
You could have fooled me after I read Wendy Greuel’s latest campaign e-mail.
You see, she claimed to be a job creator in private industry. According to her bio, the only private experience is in government and community relations with Dreamworks. Corporate staff members do not create jobs – executive management does by running profitable operations. Even then, hiring is closely monitored and compared against the budget. For Wendy to suggest she was a job creator is so much campaign puffery – and I am being nice.
Greuel claims to know what it takes to improve our schools. A hint would be nice. At least Mayor Villaraigosa had a plan, as it turned out it wasn’t a very good one, but it provided a semblance of a benchmark against which the public could evaluate him.
And how will she deal with the LAUSD’s bureaucracy and teachers’ union, two of the most formidable obstacles to a quality education?
She wraps it up with this catch-all: “As Mayor, I’ll make our city a top destination for tourism, small businesses, and entrepreneurial job creators. And, I’ll cut bloated and unnecessary wasteful government spending, so that we can invest in the things that matter, like rebuilding and fixing our schools.”
She’s had several years to cut bloated and unnecessary spending. As a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, she, along with Bernard Parks, allowed spending to ramp up even when there were signs of instability on the horizon.
“Rebuilding and fixing our schools” stands out as perhaps the most exaggerated of all her promises. Think about it – with what? The city cannot fix the sidewalks and the roads and she is going to raise cash for the LAUSD, an organization teetering on bankruptcy?
Greuel should leave politics and pursue a career writing fiction.
Let’s make sure she does.