Frustration, rage and disgust over the homeless crisis in Los Angeles threatens a political revolution that could bring profound nationwide consequences.
A group of activists has mounted a campaign to recall Mayor Eric Garcetti for his smug, inept handling about the swelling plague of transient encampments, filthy streets and homeless crime, despite authorization for more than a billion dollars in added spending to counter the problems.
The more local government spends on homeless services, the more transients flock to the city and befoul its streets and parks. If the activists get 300,000 signatures on their petitions, Garcetti could be voted out of office in the middle of his term—sending a message to cities everywhere that the public’s fed up with feckless coddling as quality of life, public health, and common decency disastrously decline.
If Garcetti is compelled to face the indignant populace, he won’t be the last local official forced to do so.