Lesser-known Mayor Villaraigosa Open Letters

The better-known mayoral letter to Occupy L.A. - click for pdf

I was forwarded Mayor Villaraigosa’s open letter to Occupy L.A., which is all over, including at the mayor’s facebook page. It was forwarded to the Eco-Village listserve by Eco-Village’s founder.

Today, reclusive Eco-Village resident Greenbelly Chan forwarded me these two additional letters from the mayor. One is addressed to Bank of America, the other to the American Medical Association. I can’t verify that these are actually from the mayor, but they appear to be written in a similar style to the mayoral Occupy L.A. letter.

I present them here unconfirmed and unabridged – can anyone verify if these were actually sent? Are they for real? Is the rumor true that LAPD will be raiding and shutting down these menaces soon?

Unconfirmed Letter from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Bank of America:

November 25, 2011

To Bank of America and the Greater Corporate Banking Industry:

This summer our national political conversation was consumed by debt ceilings and deficit reduction. Our national leaders were single-mindedly focused on cutting spending and cutting services. Issues of social justice and economic equality sat neglected and ignored on the political sidelines.

You have changed that. In a few short years, your greedy misdeeds have awakened the country’s conscience.  Your foreclosures have activated voices not often heard. You’ve sent piles of past due notices to the middle class families who wonder how they will get by. You’ve been instrumental on piling debt onto the students who made the grades and have graduated into a job market woefully short on prospects and possibility. You’ve systematically screwed over homeowners who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times and have lost their homes and life’s saving. You bankers have gotten so rich on the misery of the people who face the bitter prospect of an American Dream that grows more and more elusive every day. 

The banking industry is now at a crossroads. Banks face the question of how you can profit from the economic turmoil you’ve caused.  It is a question of whether energy will be consumed to foreclose particular patchs of earth or whether that energy will be channeled into governmental bail-outs to further undermine economic equality and signing more risky loans for people to up the imbalances in American society and worldwide.

Your rapacious foreclosure record is not sustainable. This is especially true from the standpoint of public health and public safety. Accordingly, we must close your local branches, repair our local banking system, and re-open homes to access for improperly-foreclosed families. For this reason, we will close all of Los Angeles’ national corporate banking offices on Monday, November 28th at 12:01 am. The bank closure will include a set of measures that will assist L.A. foreclosees to reoccupy their personal belongings and property from inappropriately foreclosed homes. We will also offer social and health services for those in need.

I am very proud of the fact that since the start of the fiscal and foreclosure crises, we have done things differently in Los Angeles.  We have communicated. We have listened. We have negotiated, but the banks are still sucking energy from Los Angeles neighborhoods. The time has come for staring each other down from opposite sides of barricades and barbed wire. While we had hoped to solve problems peacefully and to avoid the scenes of violence and brutality, it’s clear that the banking industry is still straining the civic fabric of this and other cities.

It is my hope that we can conclude this latest chapter of the rapacious bank behavior in L.A. in a similar spirit. I wish the banking industry would show courage and character. You need but open your eyes to the hellish economic hardship you’ve shown to your fellow citizens in the midst. I am discouraged by your passionate commitment to the bottom dollar at the expense of social justice. I  look forward to the discontinued progress of your efforts.

Very Truly Yours,
Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Mayor

Unconfirmed Letter from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the American Medical Association:

November 25, 2011

To the American Medical Association, and other corporate healthcare and pharmaceutical industry representatives:

A few years ago our national political conversation was consumed by health care debate. Our national leaders were single-mindedly focused on bolstering f0r-profit healtcare and cutting services. Issues of social justice and economic equality sat neglected and ignored on the political sidelines.

You have changed that. In recent years, reactions to your greed has awakened the country’s conscience.  Your intransigence has prompted a reactionary voice to those who have not been heard: to the middle class families who face piles of past due health care bills and who wonder how they will get by; to the uninsured students who have done the work, made the grades and have graduated into a job market woefully short on prospects and possibility; to the homeowners who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times and have lost their homes and life savings; and to all of the people who face the bitter prospect of an American Dream of affordable health security that grows more elusive every day.

Healthcare is now at a crossroads. The for-profit healthcare industry faces the question of how it can actually move toward inclusivity; toward health for all.  It is a question of whether energy will be consumed to profit select corporations or whether that energy will be channeled to spreading the health equality and signing more people up for the push to restore the balance to American society.

The current for-profit health system is not sustainable. This is especially true from the standpoint of public health and public safety. Accordingly, we must close, repair and re-open the health system to public access. For this reason, we will close the for-profit aspects of Los Angeles’ health system on Monday, November 28th at 12:01 am. The closure will include a set of measures that will assist L.A. residents to access all local health care, regardless of employment status or pre-existing conditions. We will also offer social and health services for those in need.

I am very proud of the fact that since the start of the deepening health care crisis, we have done things differently in Los Angeles. We have not stared each other down from opposite sides of hospital admitting desks. We have communicated. We have listened. We have negotiated, but the system is still broken, so the time to act is now. City action against unfair corporate healthcare will enable us to solve problems peacefully and to avoid the scenes of denied care and family bankruptcy that have strained the civic fabric of other cities.

It is my hope that we can conclude this chapter of the ailing healthcare system in a similar spirit. I urge you to show courage and character. Your mean-spirited greed has opened the eyes of your fellow citizens to the economic hardship in their midst. I am discouraged by your passionate commitment to money above social justice and I look forward to ending the regress of your efforts.

Very Truly Yours,
Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Mayor

Again I can’t verify that these are official… but the language is pretty durn similar to the widely-circulated mayoral letter to Occupy L.A., so who knows?

2 thoughts on “Lesser-known Mayor Villaraigosa Open Letters

  1. Perhaps Mr LA Mayor forgot to include sending a letter to the LA Housing Department. They too, appear to favor greed, by their recent increase inspection fees on tenants, at a time of, as Villaraigosa puts it, “hellish economic hardship.” And, by continuing to place many multi-family properties into the Rent Escrow Account Program, where some properties are eventually lost through foreclosure.

  2. Lol. When was the last time you heard a Mayor, especially someone like Villaraigosa send a letter using the phrase “screwed over”? That first letter is either an earlier draft or I seriously doubt it’s what the Mayor of this huge city would send to the ‘Greater Corporate Banking Industry’. Mayor’s staffs usually don’t let things like that leave the building. Still interesting. Thanks for the post.

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