Councilman Tom LaBonge’s going-away giveaway

Tom LaBonge at a community meeting

Councilman Tom LaBonge will be leaving office at the end of the month, termed out after representing Council District 4 for nearly 15 years.  But before LaBonge, a Silver Lake resident, leaves City Hall behind and is replaced by newcomer David Ryu, his office wants to give $242,500 to a variety of organizations and groups ranging from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ($50,000) to the Los Angeles Police Band ($10,000) and Tree People ($2,500), according to a City Council motion.

The funds would come out of the Council District Real Property Trust Fund to “partially fund the efforts” of nearly 30  organizations.  Here’s the list of groups and amounts spelled out in the motion:


  1. I hope he’s also giving out apologies for having okayed the idiotic Rowena Road Diet.

  2. I’m guessing that there are other elementary schools in the area that could use $2500 more than the Toluca Lake Elementary School (though I don’t have anything against Toluca Lake or their schools).

  3. TOTALLY idiotic Rowena Road Diet

    • Nothing could reflect the intelligence and sophistication of our transportation system better than unrestrained and unlimited access to and use of our roadways by motorists. I mean, cities have existed for thousands and thousands of years without cars and we wouldn’t want to do anything that reminds us that people and places are fare more important to the viability of our communities than how we get there…and have been for millennia. Let it go.

      • Douche-ter, you’re the one who needs to let it go. Four lanes on Rowena, open to cars or bicycles, serves the greater good way more than the selfish, boutique road diet configuration that exists now.

        • Carsmakepeoplestupid

          Ryu will not reverse the road diet because within a month of its opening someone would be hit and murdered by a speeding driver. He would be an absolute fool to do this.

  4. Tom LaBonge will be remembered for being one of the greatest anti-intellectual elected officials in the history of Southern California. You never needed to trouble Tom with the facts — he did not want to know them, discuss them, or respond to them. He just did what HE wanted because only HE knows what’s best. It was selfish narcissism.

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