10 ideas for fixing Los Angeles,” a blog post on Medium.com by the director of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and he uses the same words in his own blog.
He calls for a “new and aggressive economic strategy” that would “improve our quality of life by making our city a better place to live.”
“In essence, I call for a new and aggressive economic strategy to make LA more livable,” said Mr. Dombrowski. “I think that most of us agree that our city has been run by a lot of people who are making huge amounts of money that leave our city with a big hole in the pocket that is never really filled.”
Last year, the city spent more than $7 billion in the coffers. The city manager, Steve Boros, has asked for $1 billion in the budget year that starts in July to fund improvements in the areas of education, homelessness efforts and parks.
The city was ranked as the fifth-most-prosperous place in the country in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report, and its quality of life is rated the second-best in the United States.
But there is a long history of corruption and incompetence in the public sector, and Mr. Dombrowski said that the city’s reputation is still “perilously out-of-date.” He said that he thought that the city had turned the corner with its leadership.
“It has fallen so low that there’s not even an argument anymore that our government is broken,” he said. “I have no desire to be part of a broken government, and I have no desire to see our city move down that path.”
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