Okay so let me get this right.
$4.2 million dollars is going to be used to fixed cracks in concrete that feature the names of celebrities who are either dead or they themselves are millionaires.
I don’t know about you, but something just doesn’t sound right about that, especially considering the fact that the very same slabs of concrete that are in question, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, also serve as a bed for thousands of homeless men and women who call Hollywood their home.
How about $4.2 million to go towards eradicating Los Angeles’ homeless problem?
How about instead of repairing the cracks in concrete, we put some money towards helping people fight their addiction to crack so that they can become productive members of society?
Considering the fact that many of the homeless also suffer from some sort of addiction, be it drugs or alcohol, I’d think that perhaps Absolut Vodka—who coincidentally is the first company to become a “Friend of the Walk of Fame” and will be given an honorary star thanks in part to their contribution to the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s restoration program—would want to put their “do good” money towards a much better cause than securing their name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The last time I checked, the streets of L.A. still had potholes the size of the space between our current President’s two ears, cracks wider than our camera ready Mayor’s smile, and a homeless problem that is growing larger with each layoff and increase in the price of gas—and don’t even let me get started on the state of Wilshire Boulevard. The one street in Los Angeles guaranteed to send your car, that is if you’re still driving, to the auto repair shop for a wheel alignment or a new tire.
But the plot gets deeper, because after the Hollywood Walk of Fame undergoes it’s makeover, does that then mean that the homeless are again going to be silently and ever so quietly pushed out of the area like they were in parts of downtown Los Angeles with the opening of every new condo building?
I always find it interesting—yet sad, that we can find private money to fix things like tourist attractions but can’t find the money to help solve real issues like homelessness. And then our same elected officials turn around and ask for public money to fund issues like gang violence. At this point, I feel like if they can find $4.2 million for concrete, they ought to be able to come up with the same amount or more in private money to help fund California’s gang violence prevention efforts and stay the hell out of our pockets.
I’m just saying…