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From Tony McEwing

Los Angeles Is Falling Behind The Rest Of The World

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If you live in the City of Angels, you should find a long-awaited report just issued on the state of the city quite disconcerting. The scathing document paints a horrifically bleak and unflattering picture of LA on just about every imaginable level. It's only 20 pages long but that's long enough to rip the city apart and those responsible for running it.

Perhaps the most telling part of the report says "Los Angeles is barely treading water while the rest of the world is moving forward." That quote is right at the top of page one and it goes downhill from there. The study was done by the Los Angeles 2020 Commission--a 13-member panel convened last year by City Council President Herb Wesson.
The report goes on to say "we risk falling further behind in adapting to the realities of the 21st century and becoming a city in decline."

So who's to blame for LA's dismal future? According to those who put together the scathing study, city leaders, who refuse to make hard financial decisions, are driving our metropolis toward inexorable doom. Indeed, it compares the behavior of those charged with managing our municipality to that of the "hapless" character Mr. Micawber in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield; accusing local powerbrokers of just waiting and hoping for something good to happen.

The report is called "A Time for Truth," prepared by a panel co-chaired by former U.S. Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor and Austin Beutner, a prominent businessman and former Deputy Mayor under former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Among other things, it says the city's poverty rate is higher than in any other American city. Just how bad is it? Well, the study says those who earn what it calls poverty pay translates to nearly 40% of our community living in what only can be described as "misery." Another bad sign, L-A has only four Fortune 500 companies, down from 12 a decade ago and barely 10% of New York City's 43. And let's not even get started on what the document says about our worsening traffic congestion.

 So for those of you who prefer to think that, overall, things are looking brighter for L-A's future, you might want to stay away from a report that many say gives Angelenos a damning dose of reality that may be difficult to swallow.

Tony McEwing co-anchors FOX 11 Morning News at 4:30 am and provides news updates for the Emmy award winning Good Day LA, broadcast weekdays from 7:00 - 10:00 am. He also co-anchors the FOX 11 10 am News and the FOX 11 News at Noon.
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