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Who Needs LA?
Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2014 | John Ransom

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. It’s so much the better for LA’s 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 city’s 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 nation’s discourse, unless it’s 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 city’s 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.

That’s 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 doesn’t 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, that’s about $227 million dollars in additional revenue to the city each year. It could also offer the opportunity to afford Southern California’s 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.”

Or 2014.

Hey, who needs LA?

Not the NFL apparently.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: losangeles; nfl

1 posted on 05/21/2014 4:47:28 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I don’t need LA.

But, I also don’t need the NFL.


2 posted on 05/21/2014 4:52:17 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t know who the mayors of Rio, Jakarta, or Lagos are either.


3 posted on 05/21/2014 4:54:34 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Kaslin

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.


4 posted on 05/21/2014 4:55:55 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: VanShuyten

“I don’t 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.


5 posted on 05/21/2014 5:02:50 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: Kaslin

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.


6 posted on 05/21/2014 5:03:53 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Kaslin

Misleading title.
LA is Louisiana
L.A. is Los Angeles
Different places on so many levels.


7 posted on 05/21/2014 5:05:17 AM PDT by NY Cajun
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To: Kaslin
LA is already lost.


8 posted on 05/21/2014 5:05:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

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.


9 posted on 05/21/2014 5:14:15 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (AGW "Scientific method:" Draw your lines first, then plot your points)
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To: Kaslin

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.


10 posted on 05/21/2014 5:14:32 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

“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.


11 posted on 05/21/2014 5:17:56 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: Kaslin
while not as vocal (yet) as Villaraigosa, Garcetti has been very busy indeed. It took months of anguishing to decide on Cottonball White for the ceiling, and san serif fonts for the Private signs, in the Mayoral palace residence. Since he's moved in and gotten all cozy, he's occupied himself dreaming of a new nightlife area for the elite. It's a hard job being mayor of LA.
12 posted on 05/21/2014 5:19:23 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: VanShuyten

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


13 posted on 05/21/2014 5:30:54 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
L.A. -- hmm. Isn't that a city in Mexico?


14 posted on 05/21/2014 5:31:18 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: NY Cajun

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.


15 posted on 05/21/2014 5:35:20 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe Donald Sterling will front the money for an NFL franchise in L.A.


16 posted on 05/21/2014 5:38:59 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: NY Cajun
Look at the title again, I just did. It says LA not L.A. there is no period between the L and the A.

The font makes it appear as if there is

17 posted on 05/21/2014 5:39:21 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

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.


18 posted on 05/21/2014 5:46:33 AM PDT by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Rockitz

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.


19 posted on 05/21/2014 5:47:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NY Cajun; Kaslin

LA or L. A. is Los Angeles. La. is Louisiana.


20 posted on 05/21/2014 6:07:36 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Kaslin

When I was growing up, LA had a Republican mayor, Norris Poulson, who was replaced by a Democrat, Sam Yorty, who was far more conservative than most Democrats. The city began going downhill when Tom Bradley defeated Mayor Sam.


21 posted on 05/21/2014 6:10:27 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Kaslin

Why does Los Angeles need an NFL team? We already have two excellent football teams, the Occidental College Tigers and the USC Trojans.


22 posted on 05/21/2014 6:12:01 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

Yeah, but if you go past the title then you can see that the author is talking about Los Angeles and not Louisiana. Besides when you abbreviate Los Angelos in sound don’t you just say L A and not L period sign A?


23 posted on 05/21/2014 6:25:54 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Fiji Hill

“USC Trojans”

Huh? they haven’t even beat UCLA the last two years. Highly unlikely they will this year either.


24 posted on 05/21/2014 6:37:32 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: DAC21

But overall, both Occidental and USC have winning records over UCLA.


25 posted on 05/21/2014 7:01:29 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

NFL? With all the high schools and colleges out here?

F the NFL!


26 posted on 05/21/2014 7:05:01 AM PDT by onedoug (God derived the function we discovered as mathematics)
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To: Kaslin
LA? Why should we care?

I thought the Mexicans took that back years ago!

27 posted on 05/21/2014 7:10:37 AM PDT by Gritty (Climate hysterics shriek on. Loud and apocalyptic is the only setting on the machine.-Mark Steyn)
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To: Kaslin
If you add in state schools UCLA and USC, 32 percent of all employees work for organizations funded by the government.

Not to quibble too much with a good article, but I believe that USC is technically a private university. UCLA is a state school, certainly, and USC could probably be counted as a ward of the state because of the flow of student loan money from the feds. However, strictly speaking, USC is a private, not state supported, institution.
28 posted on 05/21/2014 7:30:33 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: onedoug
NFL? With all the high schools and colleges out here?

Indeed! Who needs the NFL when we have the Whittier High School Cardinals?

29 posted on 05/21/2014 8:57:37 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

LA already has a professional team, they’re called the “Trojans”.


30 posted on 05/21/2014 8:58:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

It used to be a heck of a city.

“”During the 1920s and 1930s Los Angeles was a bastion of Anglo Protestantism, reflecting the values of Midwestern parishioners who had been carried to the Southland on the Southern Pacific Railroad. Well into the 1970s, Protestant denominational leaders enjoyed comfortable, influential ties with the city is still-strong “downtown business
establishment,” which itself was largely Protestant.

The Immigration Act of 1965, however, created the condition for a radically different religious future for the City of Angels-a future that would anoint Roman Catholicism as the area’s dominant religious group. Today Roman Catholicism is the single largest faith tradition in Los Angeles County, with 294 parishes and 3,631,368 adherents.
Among Christians, 71% are Catholics. Between 1980 and 1997, Roman Catholicism experienced a 36% growth.””


31 posted on 05/21/2014 9:09:51 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Gritty

“Viva la Roja, Blanca y Azul.”


32 posted on 05/21/2014 9:09:55 AM PDT by onedoug (God derived the function we discovered as mathematics)
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To: Maceman
That map is pretty close - and you can bet there would be illegals flooding across that new border.

It should look like this:

33 posted on 05/21/2014 10:00:42 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Or virtually any high school anywhere. I’d rather see kids play a kids game than watch NFL thugs any day.

IMHO, after college, it’s over. ‘Cept in baseball, of course.

Isn’t the NFL some sort of tax exempt charity, or something?


34 posted on 05/21/2014 12:14:50 PM PDT by onedoug (God derived the function we discovered as mathematics)
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