Originally Posted by pesto
Actually, he's hated on because he's incompetent. Lack of budget control, sell-out on the schools when there was a real opportunity for improvement, terrible roads and city services, continued business flight due to mind-numbing regulations and taxes.
Much of his transit spending is largely useless. Even Purple, which is desirable, he wanted to build now and stick some later sucker with the bills to pay for it for 30 years. A complete litany of "old school" mismangement of public trust; the kind that leaves cities hamstrung for decades.
Wow, that's a very rude description of the man who single handedly got subways legal in LA again and funded.
Lack of budget control? Name a large city in the world that had no budget problem during the recession.
Sell out on schools? He was trying to model after NY which took over the school district and now has excelled but LAUSD won't allow it.
'Old school management' is when you want to build something and BORROW money to pay for it. Measure R has $4.1 billion for the Purple Line. Other 'old school people' try to find invisible money, Antonio actually has money.
BTW, you should research as to why the Waxman overturned the federal subway drilling ban. Do you remember Antonio's first initiave in 2005? Why was the Methane Gas Commission studied?
Anotonio supported cicLAvia and that's why its now the largest citywide event in Los Angeles and most popuar bringing over 100,000 people to enjoy the city. We had more bike lanes painted under Antonio than any other Mayor in LA.
He's a transformational mayor who will be remembered best for expanding alternative transportation in Los Angeles.