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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cardenas speaks his mind, makes sausage

Today in City Council, Tony Cardenas made a point of thanking the CAO, the head of the Personnel Department, and the General Manager of Rec and Parks for being honest when speaking to the City Council.

Cardenas expressed how important it is for these experts to give their professional, experienced opinions on the situation, and how important the truth - no matter how painful - is when important decisions are being made.

Tony Cardenas is a guy who speaks his mind, even when he's comparing making those important decisions to cooking and eating sausage: people enjoy the product, but probably wouldn't consume it if they knew what went into it.

Luckily for Tony, he can't be fired by the Mayor for telling the truth.

Unfortunately, the same is not true for the CAO and City general managers and department heads.  The City Charter reform of 2000 restores to the Mayor the power to hire and fire these integral City employees, something that had been removed from previous charters after this City's long history of corrupt department heads being hand-picked by a corrupt mayor. I'm told this was epitomized by a whole lot of ugly funny business in the 1920s. Hopefully someone better with Los Angeles history will expound on this. (Um, MT??)

Anyway, about Cardenas's speech today, Griffith Park Wayist says GO Tony!

GO truth!

GO sausage!