It was obvious that some sort of political shift occurred when it was learned that the City of Los Angeles would be assessed $58 million in fees if the Responsible Banking Resolution passed. The Central City Commission which includes heavyweights like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Bank of the West, U.S. Trust and the Los Angeles Times made it clear that the message of protesters was not good for business in Downtown Los Angeles or anywhere else. So how does the CCA reward those that are subject to their “lobbying” efforts? Like this:
“The mayoral primary election is six months away, and other candidates like developer Rick Caruso may still jump into the race, but a coalition of downtown business owners has decided not to hold out any longer. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Central City Association has concluded, is its man.
“Yesterday, the Central City Association, a group that represents 'more than 450 businesses, trade associations, and non-profit organizations employing more than 350,000 people,' according to its recent press release, officially threw its political weight behind Villaraigosa.
"'Mayor Villaraigosa has brought a new vitality to the city of Los Angeles, and CCA believes he deserves your vote for another four-year term as leader of our great city,' said Carol E. Schatz, president and CEO of CCA, in the press release. 'CCA supports Mayor Villaraigosa¹s vision for smart growth, development of more housing and solving our critical transportation challenges.'
“Despite the early bird nature of the endorsement, it shouldn't be surprising. Central City Association is a group that loves taxpayer handouts and encourages zoning overturns in downtown, and Villaraigosa has rarely, if ever, discouraged those things from happening. With such a strong endorsement this early in the mayor's race, CCA is lining itself up for more of the same.”
This is from the CSFR, a heads up from what happens to those who dare to criticize the interests scrutinized here:
“This political repression is not new. Many of the 24 activists defended by the CSFR had their houses raided and were put under investigation by the FBI. Their only fault was, just like the Occupy protestors, in shedding light on the unfair practices of the corporation-serving U.S. government and its illegal foreign wars.”
Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked was among the 292 arrestees. She made this video when the Occupation Movement was in the delivery room:
“The punk-inpsired folk rocker and activist, who saw success and critical acclaim in the late 1980s, was among the 292 jailed for 'failure to disperse,' a misdemeanor in Los Angeles.”
Norwalk foreclosure protest video held in Norwalk: