A Republican hasn’t been mayor of Los Angeles in nearly thirty years, but that’s all the more reason for current L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to insist that there’s nothing “partisan” about the homelessness epidemic destroying the city. In an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt on Wednesday, Garcetti refused to acknowledge the plain truth, which is that Democrats have run the city into the ground with their liberal policies. Indeed, he chose to go in the other direction, hilariously blaming Republicans for the problem.
“Authorities here spent over $600 million on the issue last year and have more than doubled the number of people housed since 2015, but they have failed to keep pace with demand,” Holt mentioned before asking Garcetti to respond to Trump’s criticism of Democrat leadership in conjunction with the homelessness problem.
“This is not a partisanship issue – partisan issue at all,” Garcetti said. “Conservatives didn’t start homelessness, though conservative cuts to programs certainly exacerbated it, and liberals didn’t cause homelessness.”
What conservative cuts he’s talking about is a matter of some mystery, seeing as how Sacramento is fully stocked with a Democratic majority and a Democratic governor. If he’s digging back to the Schwarzenegger days, well, how long does it take Democrats to enact change? Apparently they’re too busy worrying about how many illegal aliens they can shuttle into the state to address the problems facing the citizenry.
On Tuesday, President Trump sharply criticized the situation in California.
“We can’t let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what’s happening,” the president told reporters. “We have people living in our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings, where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige.”
“In many cases,” Trump continued, “they came from other countries and they moved to Los Angeles or they moved to San Francisco because of the prestige of the city, and all of a sudden they have tents. Hundreds and hundreds of tents and people living at the entrance to their office building. And they want to leave. And the people of San Francisco are fed up, and the people of Los Angeles are fed up.”
California Democrats want the Trump administration to just hand them millions in federal funding to clean up the problem, but the president knows all too well that this money will be just as badly misspent as California’s already-considerable largesse. Instead, the administration is looking to ease the regulatory burden put on the state’s developers, opening the door to more affordable housing that can offset skyrocketing real estate prices in L.A. and the San Francisco Bay Area.
But this just inspired more whining from Garcetti and other West Coast liberals.
“The White House report on homelessness treats this crisis like fodder for a cable news debate,” Garcetti said in a statement. “We don’t have time for that. If the president really cares about solving this crisis, he wouldn’t be talking about criminalization over housing. He’d be making dramatic increases in funding for this country’s housing safety net.”
Well, maybe if your city and state weren’t fighting his administration at every turn and trying to shield illegal aliens from deportation, Trump would be a little more apt to open the purse strings. But you chose the stick over the carrot, and now that’s what you’re going to get.