So I am driving north on Crenshaw Blvd. headed to the crib. As I get ready to make a right on Adams, what do I see? A billboard with Assemblymember Mike Davis’ face smiling down at me. No big deal right? It’s a few days until the election and Mike is up for re-election. The only thing is, Mike is the incumbent, and um—he’s got no real competition. Only one other candidate is running, Lucilla Esguerra of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Peace and Freedom. So I am wondering, why would Mike waste the money on a billboard (if in fact his campaign actual paid for it in the first place) in a district that isn’t his to begin with? Crenshaw and Adams is smack dab in the middle of the 47th Assembly District, which is represented by CA Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.
Either way you look at it, in my opinion, it’s a colossal waste of money and outdoor advertising space—and just begs the question why especially when you consider the fact the Speaker herself is up for re-election and I have yet to see one yard sign indicating so.
You won’t see Los Angeles Congressmembers Diane Watson and Maxine Waters, who are also up for re-election, wasting money on billboards encouraging voters to vote for them. Whether it’s right or wrong, as long as their names are on the ballot, they will always be re-elected in their districts.
So what gives Mike? You have relatively no opposition. Why do you need to put up a billboard in any part of Los Angeles urging people to vote for you considering the fact that you’d win re-election even if more that half of your district’s likely voters stayed home on the 4th?
If you just had to have a billboard with your mug on it, which I can understand, I’d have much rather seen a billboard with you encouraging voters to vote the entire California ballot or educating voters on some of the propositions they will have to decide on.
And please Mike, don’t take this the wrong way. You know I like you. We have a lot in common and care about a lot of the same issues. Not to mention that fact that you represent an important part of Los Angeles in the Assembly. It’s just that in this time of economic difficulties and State budget woes, where many of us are cutting costs and robbing Peter to pay Paul, I am especially sensitive to blatant wasteful spending.
So you see, it’s not personal, it’s just common sense and I cram to understand why?