I wanted to share with you our friend Johnny Phillips’ first piece at the Daily Beast. It’s an indictment of the Los Angeles City Council being devoid of women. And there’s a quote from Yours Truly 😉 Enjoy, click through to read the whole piece, and do spread the word!
Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the country and arguably its most diverse. We have beaches and mountains. The superrich and the desperately poor. Beautiful people from all over the planet trying to make it in Hollywood and ugly people here to take 10 percent from them. You name it, we have it.
Except for women on the Los Angeles City Council.
All signs point to a May 21 city election where all 15 of the L.A. City Council’s seats could be filled by men. Who would have thought the only person with binders full of women in Los Angeles would be Heidi Fleiss?
To add insult to injury for Angelino women, the one-time favorite for mayor, City Controller Wendy Greuel, was trailing Councilman Eric Garcetti by 10 points in a Los Angeles Times/USC poll taken just a few weeks ago (though she’s since pulled even)…
City Hall is not only full of men, it’s full of very likeminded men. Of the 15 members of the Council, only one is a registered Republican, and according to a recent study conducted by LA Weekly, in the 5,223 Council votes in 2011, members voted unanimously a whopping 97.5 percent of the time…
The jury is still out on why women aren’t getting elected to city office. But Tammy Bruce, former president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women, believes there is plenty of blame to go around. “It’s outrageous there are no women on the City Council and yet not entirely surprising. At least with a City Council devoid of women, it’s even more apparent that the city has become a boys’ club. It also illustrates the continuing failure of the city’s feminist movement. I left the feminist establishment because it had stopped being about women and was about simply pushing the liberal agenda. Now we see what happens when they get their agenda—women become even more irrelevant to liberal leadership.”