Skip to comments.Who Needs LA?
Posted on 05/21/2014 4:47:28 AM PDT by Kaslin
When I was growing up everyone one used to know who the mayors of major cities were. In Chicago, it was a Daley, always a Daley. In New York, it was it was Ed Koch. In Los Angeles, it was Tom Bradley.
But few can name the mayor of LA today. Its so much the better for LAs current mayor Eric Garcetti, who, by all accounts outside of Los Angeles, is doing a lousy job.
And while sheer size ensures that the metro area of Los Angeles counts for something economically, LA is no longer the cultural and business leader it once was. High taxes have driven companies out of LA proper and out of California all together. The citys newspaper of record the LA Times no longer holds the sway it once did- its parent company just put it up for sale. And things Los Angeles no longer bulk large in the nations discourse, unless its Hollywood trivia or gang culture.
As Joel Kotkin wrote in the New York Times in July of 2009: Los Angeles today is a city in secular decline. Its current political leadership seems determined to turn the sprawling capitalist dynamo into a faux New York. But they are more likely to leave behind a dense, government-dominated, bankrupt, dysfunctional, Athens by the Pacific.
Today the largest employers in the city are governments or government-sponsored enterprises. According to the citys financial report from 2010, the city of Los Angeles and the county of Los Angeles account for 25 percent of all jobs. (http://ens.lacity.org/ctr/financial/ctrfinancial18265184_02262010.pdf page 332)
Employer No. Jobs Percent
City of Los Angeles 52,721 13.46%
County of Los Angeles 46,83011.95%
University of California Los Angeles 14,0503.59%
University of Southern California 13,0443.33%
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 11,000 2.81%
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals 9,7002.48%
If you add in state schools UCLA and USC, 32 percent of all employees work for organizations funded by the government. And if you consider hospitals state sponsored, as I do- since they derive much of their revenue from the federal government- you can add another 5 percent for a grand total of 37 percent of people employed by federal, state or local taxes.
Thats 147,345 jobs. The next largest private sector employer, Fox Entertainment, employs 7,310 people.
For at least the last seven years the National Football League has tried to return to Los Angeles without much luck. Even though LA, which once billed itself as the entertainment capital of the world, is the second largest television market in the US and would represent a significant new source of revenue for a business that has saturated its markets.
Dysfunctional politics is partly to blame. While there is ample evidence that hosting an NFL franchise helps increase the value of local real estate, hence tax revenues, the mayor and the city council have been foot-draggers when it comes to an NFL franchise.
"Football doesnt really generate the kind of revenues for a city that we need, former LA Mayor Villaraigosa told the Huffington Post, Let me tell you why football's important. How many Super Bowls have you seen in the snow?"
Economics is obviously not a strong suit in LA. Or apparently reading.
In 2004, Federal Reserve economists Gerald Carlino and Edward Coulson authored a study which concluded that hosting an NFL team increased property values sufficient to deliver additional property tax revenue of just under $173 per year per household, versus cities without NFL franchises. (http://www.phil.frb.org/research-and-data/publications/business-review/2004/q2/brq204jc.pdf page 13)
With 1,312, 983 households in the city of Los Angeles, thats about $227 million dollars in additional revenue to the city each year. It could also offer the opportunity to afford Southern Californias poorest residents some tax relief. Although Los Angeles suffers from some of the lowest median incomes in LA County, the city has one of the highest property tax rates in the county. Higher property values means that tax rates can be lowered, higher homestead exemptions offered and still generate higher tax revenues.
The trick for Los Angeles is the same problem that they have generally. The NFL is a franchise business. In order for a team to make LA its home, the city has to convince an owner of a franchise that the city is worth the risk.
The LA Rams left for St Louis, and Raiders beat a hasty retreat back to Oakland after relocating to LA for a few seasons.
And despite the lure of being the second largest media market in the US, so far the NFL has found no takers for LA. Anschutz Entertainment has even agreed to build a stadium downtown Los Angeles as a part of its LA Live entertainment complex, and already sold the naming rights to Farmers Insurance- which has 6,867 employees in the city.
Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, reported the Huffington Post in January, said he has not heard from any team that wants to apply in 2013 for a move to Los Angeles. Last year, the National Football League asked teams seeking to apply to move to Los Angeles to submit applications between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, 2013.
Hey, who needs LA?
Not the NFL apparently.
I don’t need LA.
But, I also don’t need the NFL.
I don’t know who the mayors of Rio, Jakarta, or Lagos are either.
I don’t need LA, but the consequences of giving away such a major population center to a foreign power are very serious - and worse because we don’t see it.
“I dont know who the mayors of Rio, Jakarta, or Lagos are either.”
Names are irrelevant. Nearly all the mayors of the medium- and large-sized US coastal cities are either leftists or outright communists. That’s all you need to know if you’re thinking of a place to put your business.
LA is a very, very large and vibrant urban structure.
However LA is also an import mecca.
America needs to stop importing everything. Americans need to make stuff right here.
Stop importing everything we buy, every single day.
For crying out loud. Look at what you buy every single day. None of it builds up America, anymore.
Everything is made in China.
LA is Louisiana
L.A. is Los Angeles
Different places on so many levels.
The only thing L.A. has done right ever.
When the shake-down artists at the NFL came by for their “insurance money” L.A. has been the only city with the stones to say “how much will you pay us to put a team here?”
The NFL doesn’t like having its own tactics thrown back at it, thus L.A. doesn’t have a team.
LA has a Third world population with Third world ways and Third world problems, hence it is a Third world city. The only thing keeping it afloat are the remnants of its First world founding population and California and US taxpayers.
“LA has a Third world population with Third world ways and Third world problems, hence it is a Third world city. The only thing keeping it afloat are the remnants of its First world founding population and California and US taxpayers.”
L.A. is simply 50 years ahead of the rest of the country.
Now that’s kinda silly, don’t you think? I don’t think anyone expects you to know who they are. I don’t know either who they are, btw
Yeah, but by the picture you should have known John Ransom meant Los Angeles and not Louisiana. Besides it’s always good to read at least beyond the title.
Maybe Donald Sterling will front the money for an NFL franchise in L.A.
The font makes it appear as if there is
There are just too many other sources of entertainment in and around LA to waste 9 Sundays a year on NFL in LA. That’s what the Raiders found out and what the Rams knew.
And that’s what the Miami Heat are going to find out once LeBron leaves town. Same goes for Miami, the ultimate “Fair Weather” City.
LA or L. A. is Los Angeles. La. is Louisiana.