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Quote of the Day - A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something. - Wilson Mizner
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Your City Leaders Aren't Listening To You

So you're upset with your local government organization? You think that they aren't listening?

Well, according to the California Second District Court of Appeal, you're right. At least if you're in LA.

Late last year, the Court blessed us with two decisions: Nasha v. City of Los Angeles and Lacy Street Hospitality Service v. City of Los Angeles.

Lest you get too cynical, I should pause to mention that the first case involved the City's Planning Commission and the second, the City Council. That said, let's get off to the races.

In the Planning Commission case, Nasha wanted to develop five lots it owned. One of the Planning Commission members apparently didn't want that development to go forward. So much so that while the matter was pending before the Commission, the member wrote an anonymous article, got it published, and then at a local meeting opposing the development, favorably introduced one of the main opponents to the crowd.

Not surprisingly, the Court overturned the Planning Commission's rejection of the development.

As if that decision were'nt enough to rock your faith in the City government, we got the second barrel of a double-barreled shotgun. In a short post, I really can't do this decision justice. Let me recommend that you open that last link and read from the top of page four on over to page five, starting with "A picture is worth a thousand words and here the picture was a videotape." You simply won't believe the Court's description.

What's more disheartening is the behavior of our elected officials. Can anybody spell recall?

We have City Council members on their cell phones and engaging in private conversations, blithely ignoring the presentation being made to the members. The Court's description is at the same time hilarious and embarrassing.

While the City Council may have already made up its mind to deny the nude dancing cabaret's application, it didn't even give the applicant the time of day.

As you would expect, and likewise with its first ruling, the Court overturned the City Council decision against the adult cabaret. Now don't flame out here. I'm not advocating nude dancing (notice I didn't even put a link there?).

My issue is the Council's lack of deliberation and their lack of respect.

It seems I would be with the majority on the Court of Appeal for a change.

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