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  • lowelevin@aol.com
    I just had to respond to this email.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 11, 2005
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      I just had to respond to this email.

      While I also received the Sewer Service Charge, I am in favor of it. For you information, the City of Los Angeles was sued by the State of California (the Attorney General's office) for having an outdated infrastructure for sewage. The City constantly reported major sewer spills over the last five years, but due to their fear of constituents and the fear of raising fees, they never did so. As a result, they failed to do a good job upgrading the sewer systems throughout the city, especially in the poorer neighborhoods. I'm not sure that you saw that the City prided itself on having one of the lowest sewage fees in the nation-that was in the material they sent every month (except of course this month.) So I applaud the City for raising the fees, and I hope that soon some brave politicians will also raise taxes for schools, roads, parks, trash, libraries and all the other types of infrastructures that make a community livable. Thanks LVNA90004@yahoogroups.com writes:

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      >There is 1 message in this issue.
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      >Topics in this digest:
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      > 1. Proposed Increase in Sewer Service Charge
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      >Message: 1
      > Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 02:36:39 +0000
      > From: athein@...
      >Subject: Proposed Increase in Sewer Service Charge
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      >This is letter that I wrote to City Council on their pending decision to raise our sewer fees.
      > ~Aard
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      >Date: Sunday, January 09, 2005 5:39 PM
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      >To: The Los Angeles City Council,
      > City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Rm 395
      > Los Angeles, 90012
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      >From: APN:46744051: 560 N Plymouth Blvd
      > Aard V. Atheian, 560 N Plymouth Blvd, Los Angeles 90004-1411.
      > Ph & Fx :323.465-2695(H), E-Mail: Athein@...
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      >Subject: Proposed Increase in Sewer Service Charge
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      > My councilman is Tom LaBonge. I don’t know his position on this rate increase but I suspect that he, like most of you are for it.
      > Why do I say this?
      > Because all of you are a product of a generation of politicians who thrived in an atmosphere of tax and spend politics.
      > During the past forty years I have watched politics in California at the State County and City level evolve around the mantras of tax and spend while delivering less.
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      > I am here to tell you that as a voter, as a ratepayer and as a constituent I have been dismayed and I am opposed to this rate increases.
      > I am opposed to your politics as usual.
      > I am urging that you collectively make a decision to reverse this inertia and adopt a precedent for delivering more and asking for less.
      > I am urging you to take your heed from the State government and examine your programs for bureaucracies that we no longer need and for services that are better performed by private enterprises, look for bureaucracies that put unnecessary burdens on your average City residents.
      > Does Building and Safety need to be as expansive as it has been? Is a Commission for Women still a necessity after all the politics for women that we’ve seen during the past forty years? How many other commissions are there that need to be eliminated?
      > Do any of the services that we currently pay for, needed? Are they cost effective? Is it all necessary that we have all those redundant environmental programs? Could we do without them and is it cost effective for those services to be done by government? Could those functions better be left to people outside government?
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