De Blasio vs. Garcetti

Posted on November 8, 2013 by

I’m glad New York City elected a progressive democrat.

When David Dinkins lost 20 years ago, who knew we’d see five terms of Manhattan-centric Giuliani / Bloomberg and the near total neglect of the working-class “outer boroughs.”

Bill de Blasio is generating enormous attention as the city’s new left wing populist mayor.  He out-positioned his highly capable primary opponents and slaughtered his republican challenger.  The former “public advocate” will occupy city hall January 1 and everyone will be watching how he reforms or remakes the city with an accent on economic justice.

The nation’s largest city needs a revamp.

Meanwhile, the nation’s second largest city, in case you haven’t noticed, has been working on its own economic justice template – an active and meaningful labor movement, living wage campaigns, “sustainable” development.  And we’ve had mayors over the past 40 years – Bradley, Riordan (our moderate republican), Hahn, Villaraigosa and now Eric Garcetti – with impressive progressive credentials.

In fact, I’m not sure how different Mayor Garcetti’s governing philosophy is from that of Mayor-elect de Blasio.  L.A.’s mayor doesn’t have the range of powers of  New York’s top official.  But the Los Angeles city council (though ridiculously male-dominated) certainly lines up with Garcetti on many issues.

The point is – though we have a long way to go – Los Angeles progressives are accomplishing a remake of this city and region.  And that’s something New York’s next mayor should take a close look at.

Comments (4)


  1. michael powelson says:


    On Garcetti: isn’t he trying to break the electrical workers’ union because they backed Gruel?

    Also, what I hear most from Garcetti is how he wants to cut business taxes, which is the direct opposite of what a pro-labor mayor should be doing.

    LA is a giant cash cow for corporations world wide–why should taxes be cut that are needed for schools, libraries, police and fire?

  2. Rod Bradley says:

    Unions are not sacrosanct simply because they are unions. Many unions, alas, are more about self-preservation of the union management’s power, positive, paychecks, than they are about their rank and file.

    The DWP is a pretty corrupt organization, top to bottom, including its union. The taxpayers, ratepayers pay for this corruption. I don’t think Garcetti is trying to break it because they backed Gruel, but because he feels they are benefiting more than the common working man and shafting the city. I can’t tell you how many DWP workers I’ve personally observed collecting a fat paycheck while doing nothing. Not all by any means, but of course, they can get away with it, because the union will protect the good, the bad, the ugly with equal fervor. Just like the cops generally do.

    I am all for the little guy, the working guy. I’m one myself. But people are people. They take advantage. And the union members who work, pay for those who don’t work and are protected by unions. I know this first hand.

    There are good unions, necessary unions, and corrupt unions and featherbedding unions. Just as there are responsible corporations and companies, and corrupt ones.
    Unearned and undeserved privilege should apply to all people and legal entities equally. Churches, unions, organizations, corporations, governments.

    I voted for Gruel, but my one doubt was whether she would be able to reign in the DWP.

    And thank god our playboy blow-hard junketing “progressive” mayor is history. A big talker blow-hard nothing guy.

    Garcetti, so far, seems like a guy who does the hard work and doesn’t falsely seek glory. Guys like Antonio are no asset to what it means to be an authentic “progressive.” Narcissists seldom do much good except for themselves.

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