Why have we fallen into the trap of making Rebuild L.A. the sole focus of our dissatisfaction with the pace at which the process of rebuilding long-neglected areas of the city is moving? Why should it be the sole focus of discussions about political representation and the shape our city should take? Did I miss the general election when Peter Ueberroth was elected as leader of Los Angeles? Why are we letting city, county and state government off the hook when it is ultimately their responsibility (and their job) to provide the leadership that they were elected to deliver?
It is them who we support with our taxes and whose salaries we pay. It is them who concentrate the necessary financial resources and have access to the established mechanisms for mobilizing "the communities, government and private sector." It is them who can provide continuity to any effort long after "Rebuild L.A." is dismantled. And it is them who can be held accountable.