To the Editor:
It's election time and some political candidates will say anything to get elected, but the Democratic candidates have taken electioneering to a new level. They are re-writing history and misleading voters.
Councilman Len Torres was quoted in the Long Beach Herald as saying: “What appears to have been happening, as years went on, is there was less and less put into the boardwalk.” This is simply not true. Therefore, Torres is either lying or he doesn’t know the facts; both are unacceptable for an elected official.
Here are the facts about the boardwalk. In 2004, when the Coalition was elected, they had to repair a city infrastructure that had been neglected for decades by the Democrats. The city was falling apart and the boardwalk was no exception. The Democrats ignored the boardwalk while in office and they are responsible for its demise. Here is what budget records reveal about how much was spent on the boardwalk by the Democrats and the Coalition:
AVERGAGE SPENT PER YEAR
The fact is that the Coalition spent three times as much on the boardwalk than the previous Democrat administrations.
We can agree the boardwalk is in bad shape despite the increase in funds made available by the Coalition. But given the lack of attention it was receiving from the Democrats, the boardwalk would have been much worse had the Coalition not stepped in and began aggressively dealing with the issue in 2004.
The Coalition was not responsible for allowing the boardwalk to reach its sorry state. The Democratic Clubhouse must take credit for that. The Coalition has spent the last eight years fixing the infrastructure mess left by the Democrats and they are doing it without raising city taxes.
Former City Council President