Editorial: Mystery Message from Garcetti’s Office
I started Circling the News as a blog at the end of June, when I felt I had not choice but to resign as founding editor of the Palisades News. I’ve continued to work hard to bring local news to Pacific Palisades residents.
I started my newsletter with two subscribers: my husband and daughter. Currently I am up to 393 free subscribers and have had more than 9,000 page views this month.
This weekend, I received an angry email from somebody in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office. This unidentified person wanted me to post the message (below) regarding the story I wrote about Thursday’s Community Council meeting–specifically the discussion regarding the proposed eight-house development on Marquette Street.
The message came from Mayor.firstname.lastname@example.org and stated: “Wow. So many subtle misrepresentations in this very biased article. Or as some would some would call your reporting ‘FAKE NEWS.’ You assert a conspiracy with no actual reporting. Some would call that libel. You assert geological instability without quoting any geologists. You ignore the geology report, written by one of LA’s most revered geologists, and reviewed by the LA city geologists, that says there isn’t any issues that prevent the development. This isn’t reporting, it’s a take down. Shame on you.”
At first, I couldn’t believe that the Mayor would take time from his busy schedule, as he explores the Democratic nomination for president, to worry about something posted on my blog and have somebody at the “Mayor.help desk” chime in. I checked the URL and it indeed goes back to the City. I sent an email asking for a name, to post with the criticism, but did not receive a response.
It is absolutely fantastic that Garcetti’s office cares about the Palisades and that I have their attention because there are a few items I’m hoping the Mayor can handle.
Even though cash flows out of Pacific Palisades for political contributions, the roads out of the Palisades are far more of a problem.
There are 38 roads that have been withdrawn from public use in the Palisades dating back as far as 1937 (including Marquette). Maybe the Mayor could help fix those roads, and also repair Temescal Canyon Road, Sunset and Chautauqua, among other streets. (From an earlier post on my blog, this has nothing to do with Proposition 6 but rather mismanagement by the City.)
Maybe the Mayor could make his friend Rick Caruso follow the law, including having permits for closing streets, and following the contract he signed with Protect Our Village. Believe it or not, not everyone is thrilled with the impact Palisades Village has had on the neighborhood, as residents struggle to compete for parking spaces with employees and shoppers alike.
Maybe the Mayor could oversee continual new development in the Palisades, such as the proposed project at the site of the old Jack in the Box on Sunset, which fails to offer adequate parking for future condo residents.
I know that the Mayor is pushing mass transit, but we don’t have a light-rail line in the Palisades and buses are few and far between. That means that if two people live in an apartment, there is parking for one car, which is lovely if they work near each other and can carpool. It would be nice if they could bike, but that’s hard and dangerous because the only way out of the Palisades is via the aforementioned streets.
Thank you, somebody in Mayor Garcetti’s office, for reading my blog.