Work with us
We, the mayors of eight cities, recently sent a group letter to Senator Alan Lowenthal and would like to share our sentiments with you as well.
We wonder if Senator Lowenthal hears us. During the recent state budget process, we met with him, wrote to him, and pleaded with him to protect our economies. We have asked him not to balance the state’s budget, once again, on the backs of local communities. With one voice we have asked him to save redevelopment, the only economic stimulus tool available to local cities and critical to our collective well-being. Despite this, he not only voted for the elimination of local redevelopment agencies, but his floor speech convinced other legislators to do so as well.
He is quite aware that each city in his district is vehemently opposed to the bills he avidly supported, and for which he lobbied strongly. Redevelopment has literally saved some of our cities, and continues to do important and productive work for our residents and businesses. Redevelopment creates jobs and sparks economic activity. That he should advocate dismantling such a vital tool for his constituents is stunning.
He claims that in these hard times we must all share the burden. The State is not sharing it. The State is shifting it onto our backs, at a time when we are making difficult decisions necessary to balance our budgets, the very decisions the State refuses to make.
It is ironic that we hear calls from Sacramento to let the voters decide on the Governor’s proposed tax extensions when, in reality, it is Senator Lowenthal and his colleagues who have shown total disregard for the will of the electorate. Last year, Californians voted to end the State’s looting of local monies with Proposition 22. Apparently, Senator Lowenthal did not get the message.
Senator Lowenthal is our representative in the State Senate. We believe it is his job to protect and improve the lives of those he represents, of those who put him in office. His blindness to the realities of local government and his record of burdening our communities, our residents, and our businesses with costly and ineffectual regulations and laws, and the ultimate abandonment of redevelopment is not representation.
We ask Senator Lowenthal once again to be our voice in the Capitol and to please reconsider his unquestioning support of harmful budget cuts fashioned by his party’s leadership– such as the elimination of redevelopment– and other forces in Sacramento hostile to local government. We ask Senator Lowenthal to resume his role as a true representative of our communities by throwing his support behind saving redevelopment and adopting the reasonable alternative that has been presented by the League of California Cities and California Redevelopment Association, an option that will contribute $2 billion to the State. And finally, we ask Senator Lowenthal to please work with us rather than against us.
Victor Manalo, Mayor, City of Artesia
Scott Larsen, Mayor, City of Bellflower
Carol Chen, Mayor, City of Cerritos
Michael Gomez, Mayor, City of Hawaiian Gardens
Larry Van Nostran, Mayor, City of Lakewood
Daryl Hofmeyer, Mayor, City of Paramount
Larry Forester, Mayor, City of Signal Hill
Maria Davila, Mayor, City of South Gate