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Valley Independence

The San Fernando Valley has become a demographic and geographic phenomenon. This great area, once vacant territory, has blossomed with such profound cultural diversity, economic development, and social progress. It should come as no surprise why the Valley is now home to 1.4 million residents. Studies reveal that the Valley has demonstrated economic stability and autonomy by attracting families who seek a unique quality of life.

Valley residents, from the standpoint of civic duty, have sustained local resources as if they belonged to an individual city. The self sufficiency of Valley-operated services exemplify the benefits of local management. Valley taxpayers have funded the area's assets and provided neighborhoods with their due levels of services.

Whether in the Valley or Los Angeles, residents agree that local dollars must be spent on local initiatives. Stronger accountability and decentralized government will create better local representation and a more engaged community. The time has come for that once elusive idea to become a destined reality. Voters must receive the opportunity to determine the future of Valley Independence.

Certainly, there are inevitable challenges when proposing long-term growth in the Valley and Los Angeles. Of all the viable options, Valley independence at least solidifies the need for smaller government on all levels. The shear numbers validate the notion that the city of Los Angeles has become grossly unmanageable. Millions of residents have translated into billions of dollars in the city's budget, making it relatively easy for bureaucrats to sneak pork barrel spending without much notice. Requests for Valley services remain relatively ignored since Los Angeles officials have little comprehension of local needs.

If Valley voters wish for self-governance, then the City of Los Angeles must not imprison them from doing so. The Valley has the capability and support for having its own municipal representation, parks and playgrounds, law enforcement, school districts, and perhaps even a professional sports franchise.

There has been wasteful attention on the Valley's reasons for seeking independence. There is no animosity toward Los Angeles, nor any ulterior motives for seizing privileges from Los Angeles residents using Valley resources. On the contrary, the San Fernando Valley and City of Los Angeles will mutually prosper from decentralizing their governments and jurisdictions.

When we free both areas from centralized bureaucracies, then we can empower local representatives to determine and communicate the needs of our neighborhoods. It would be unfair and unwise to expect a Los Angeles Mayor to understand the needs of our Valley schools. We must alleviate the tremendous burden of responsibility that has compounded on Los Angeles officials. Despite their willingness to try, public servants in Los Angeles have not sufficiently responded at the level our Valley communities require. New leadership under local governance will create a win-win situation for all parties.

Benefits to Los Angeles:

  • Local taxpayer revenue being allocated to local programs
  • Manageable budgets that can be directed more appropriately to targeted recipients
  • Elected representation with smaller council districts
  • Law enforcement can be more effective and better funded

Benefits to San Fernando Valley:

  • Local taxpayer revenue being allocated to local programs
  • Manageable budgets that can be directed more appropriately to targeted recipients
  • Elected representation with smaller council districts
  • Law enforcement can be more effective and better funded

If these benefits appear strikingly identical, it is because of the mutual impact that self governance can have in these great areas. Although detractors may lead voters to believe that only one city can succeed at the expense of the other, they are surely mistaken. Both Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley can flourish in their own remarkable ways.



You can reach Michael Wissot by contacting SymAction Communications