| Villaraigosa Embroils City In Losing Lawsuits: Airport Hotels And Port Truckers |
By Walter Moore, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles, WalterMooreForMayor.com
You and I, as taxpayers, will be paying dearly for Villaraigosa's inability to pass the bar exam -- despite four tries.
He keeps adopting unconstitutional and unfair policies that embroil the City of Los Angeles in litigation and deter employers from trying to do business here. Let me give you two examples:
Villaraigosa and the City Council adopted a patently unfair law that singles out a handful of employers, in one industry (hotels), in one part of town (near LAX), and requires them to pay higher minimum wages than any other employers in our city. Is that fair? Of course not. It makes no sense, and is, therefore, what those of us in the law trade call "a violation of equal protection."
As a result, one of those businesses, the LAX Hilton, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, which is now pending in federal court. You and I, as taxpayers, will foot the bill to defend this patently indefensible law that punishes the Hilton and other hotels near the airport.
Hey, can you guess who benefits from that law, by the way? How about the developers of downtown hotels who contribute to Villaraigosa's and the City Council's campaign funds, and who receive subsidies paid for with your tax dollars? It all makes sense now, doesn't it?
Villaraigosa and the City Council recently adopted another patently unfair program at the port. Long story short: independent truckers will be denied access to the port, whereas companies that employ union truckers and have old trucks will receive $1.6 billion worth of subsidies to buy new trucks.
Does that sound fair to you? Or does it sound like Villaraigosa is rewarding the unions that fund his campaigns by using his power to crush independent truckers? A federal judge will decide, because the American Trucking Associations filed a federal lawsuit yesterday to invalidate this patently unfair and unconstitutional new policy.
Meanwhile, you and I, the taxpayers, will foot the bill for lawyers to defend the wrong side of a righteous lawsuit.
You know how you can stop this type of craziness? Elect a Mayor who actually passed the bar and, more importantly, who knows right from wrong. You don't have to pass a bar exam to know that it's wrong to pick on a handful of businesses or business people, and make them bear a bigger burden than others in their industry.
If you want a Mayor who will treat people fairly, and who will make L.A. a great place to live and do business, the way it used to be, I'm your man. Help spread the word, would you? Get a yard sign or a bumper sticker. Hand out some flyers. Or contribute money so I can buy radio ads. But do something, would you? Click here to take action.