Is she delusional?
Absolutely not. Liars are never delusional. They will simply say whatever it takes to satisfy a personal need, no matter how misleading or false their words are.
Greuel will say anything to win the votes of the uninformed citizens. Those are the ones whose due diligence on the candidates or issues does not extend beyond the TV and radio commercials. It is a very effective strategy. If they hear a message over and over again, they will believe it. They will not bother reading the articles and listening to the forums where Greuel’s claims are challenged by everyone.
Asked repeatedly by forum moderators what she would do to raise enough revenue and cut costs to increase the size of one of the most highly paid employee groups in the city (around $149,000 per year including benefits), Greuel fell back on her stock answer: “she would go to the table” to negotiate concessions with the city’s family and pursue job creation.
Here is how the Los Angeles Times describes Greuel’s responses (as reported by Maeve Reston):
“Greuel answered in vague terms, as she often does, about the importance of eliminating “waste, fraud and abuse,” spurring job creation, eliminating the business tax “and putting everything on the table in negotiations on pension reform, health care costs” with labor leaders. She noted that she is auditing two pension systems to determine if the city is getting the best return on its investment.”
Her opponents at least propose specific targets in terms of employee contribution rates or, if the unions are intractable in their positions, to leverage the threat of bankruptcy as a means to secure adequate concessions.
Kevin James punctuated the sentiments of the other candidates in his closing remarks at today’s forum at CSUN when he said, “Where was the table for the last twelve years?”
Or as I entitled an earlier article: The Table Has No Legs.
I think Greuel’s family business is “Tables R Us.”
Neither could Greuel offer details – not even superficial assumptions – underlying her projection of 5% annual revenue growth.
Wendy has been asked the same questions about the hundreds of millions of dollars she claims she could save or produce by the best of moderators – Val Zavala (So Cal Connected), Larry Mantle (KPCC) and Austin Beutner, to name a few. You would think she would be able to answer these questions with some details by now, after all, at this stage, she should not be surprised when they are raised.
But Garcetti has stayed away from the airwaves. He is obviously banking his money for a runoff ad blitz. He is the only candidate who can be absolutely certain of making the runoff, so why spend now?
Greuel can afford to be lavish in her spending since she will reap the cash benefits from the super-pac affiliated with the DWP’s IBEW 18 union.
I’m sure Greuel will at least offer them the run of the “table” when it gets down to negotiations.