Friday, July 01, 2011

The Lords are Building Castles

I love stories like this -
Despite the objections of his neighbors, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has ordered city officials to proceed with a plan to erect a six-foot wall around the mayor’s mansion.

The wall — which would flank the sides of Getty House in Hancock Park — recently drew the ire of local residents in February when Villaraigosa filed a request for a local variance that prohibits any fencing that exceeds 42 inches in height.

A proposed design for the wall includes “embedded” security features that the mayor’s office said will save trim the costs of security staffing.

Villaraigosa has deflected much of the public criticism aimed at the structure towards federal officials.

The Los Angeles Police Department reportedly proposed the idea after the Department of Homeland Security found that the home could be breached.
The Real Effect
Wow, what to say. Let's look at some of the issues -
  • This is hardly accessible government. Building a wall makes it more difficult to gain access to an official. If the Mayor has issues with lynch mobs, perhaps he should stop governing in the fashion to which he is accustomed.
  • If his neighbors wanted a wall, they couldn't have one. But if you're important, you get one. This is exactly the opposite of what a lawful Republic is supposed to be.
  • "Embedded" features? Cameras? Gatling guns?
  • Even the Feds via the DHS are involved in this.
  • I'm guessing that public funds are being used to build this wall.
Once again, we have public officials ignoring their constituents wishes and doing what's best for themselves. If these laws are so bad that we need constant variances, perhaps we should REPEAL THE LAW.

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