The Mayor’s Race, the Noodle Incident and the City’s Effort to Protect the City

Editorial: Tired of City Hall scandals? This is the moment to reform Los Angeles city government May 28, 2015 2:35 PM 10 0 What could be more important for an established city council member…

The Mayor's Race, the Noodle Incident and the City's Effort to Protect the City

Editorial: Tired of City Hall scandals? This is the moment to reform Los Angeles city government

May 28, 2015 2:35 PM

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What could be more important for an established city council member than to face a vote of his colleagues on one of his issues? What could be more important for the mayor to seek than a vote of his colleagues on a major issue that could effect his office?

Those questions came before us today as we looked at the council-manager merger, the mayor’s race and the city’s handling of the “Noodle Incident.”

We have heard from a lot of people who said they have been hearing a lot of noise about the city council members, as if the new system of electing the council was designed to give these people a “free ride” and help them to continue to run away with their own agenda. We have heard a lot of people, from some of the same council members, who said that they just want to clean up city government because there are always these scandals and they are tired of it.

The most important thing to do in this case is to make a decision. You can’t get on a bandwagon and then say things like that. If you are on a bandwagon, you aren’t going to make anything of it when you are on the top of that bus. And when you talk about dirty hands and scandals, you have to see the pattern.

Councilman Mike Bonin, who was elected by his colleagues to represent the district that includes downtown and parts of the Westside, said in an interview, “I have a responsibility to keep people safe from gangs and drugs and that’s not the way to do it.” Councilman Joe Buscaino, who represents the areas near his home in the San Fernando Valley, said, “I am concerned about some of the actions that have been taken and the actions that I’ve seen that make me question some of what I’ve seen.”

The two men are right. Both have had their careers destroyed by incidents in which the city has failed to protect them. And both have had to face the consequences of actions taken by the city without any real investigation.

We know that because of the “Noodle Incident,” which is under investigation by a City Attorney’s office, which recently filed a civil suit alleging a pattern of discrimination and retaliation against the city’s Chinese-American residents

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