18 year old perfectly calls out corrupt council and their shady practices in Artesia, CA






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15 Feb 2018 01:22 - +8866
I love how the tone of the crowd changes when he mentions that the company they gave both bids to was created a month before being granted bid number one. The whole crowd is like "wow that is super shady". Any update or rebuttal on this? EDIT: I get it everyone, it's a common practice. I don't need 20 more replies telling me this. Sorry for my ignorance
15 Feb 2018 01:32 - +6619
Curious about the facebook comment about his AP Govt teacher stroking his own ego. Is the teacher on the board?
15 Feb 2018 00:39 - +5355
It's so nice to see a teenager being aware of the city progress and being able to put up a wall of questions for the council. If only we are able to create a world of no corruption.
15 Feb 2018 02:41 - +3095
I work in Artesia. A few years ago they had this idea to create a shopping/retail/restaurant island on Pioneer Blvd. So in the middle of that was a 4-5 lane street, they built a curb in the shape of a large street island hoping that someone would build there. It was ridiculous. It became a single lane on each side with a weird blocked off space in the middle of the road. No one ever built there and they recently got rid of it. City managers seem very impulsive and have this idea that Artesia is DTLA. These apartment complexes fit the same mold.
15 Feb 2018 00:54 - +2820
council not having a good day lol
15 Feb 2018 01:07 - +2500
This is in the US, so I am expecting some sort of follow up video where this kid gets arrested or tackled or something else terrible.
15 Feb 2018 01:37 - +1766
Man I kinda wanted to hear what the council would have to say
15 Feb 2018 01:45 - +1599
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15 Feb 2018 01:38 - +1498
I love how he threw shade at his AP Gov teacher at the last second. “HEY! AND FUCK YOU MR. ARNOLD! STACY “FROM THE BLOCK” JOHNSON OBVIOUSLY DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT SOCIO-ECONOMIC RELATIONS IN THE SOUTHEAST U.S. CAN YOU PLEASE TEACH ME SOMETHING!”
15 Feb 2018 01:31 - +1381
He's killing out there. It's like he's the Jerry Seinfeld of city council meetings. "What's the deal with Artesia2, where's that whole thing going" "Oh, are you mowing the lawn at Artesia1? That's... *Productive*"
15 Feb 2018 01:30 - +1036
I'm guessing one or more of the council members have a stake in the construction company that is in charge of these projects.
15 Feb 2018 02:23 - +857
This is a once in a decade opportunity. You signed off on the same project 3 years ago, so no.
15 Feb 2018 01:06 - +526
Fucking stuck it to them
15 Feb 2018 01:50 - +522
Awesome! I'm not much older than this kid and I just started working for the school district in a small town. Not long into my employment it's been very apparent that the corruption is rampant. School district employees are not permitted to run for BOE (obvious conflict of interests), and yet the former school board president's husband was appointed to replace her when she decided to become a teacher. Now, we are trying to hire a new superintendent (last one was fired in October for sexual harassment--that took 4 years because he was friends with 3 of the BOE members). The former board president (now a math teacher) is on the interview committee and her husband (BOE member) is ultimately responsible for selecting the next superintendent, and yet we are not supposed to discuss or advise the BOE on their selection in any unofficial capacity... How's that supposed to work when those two are married?? We just handed a $13,000 a year contract to a board member's brother in law for summer lawn maintenance, and said board member didn't even abstain from the approval vote. The reason he won the contract is because the only other competitor was a different board member's friend, and that board member illegally advised him on his proposal so it was thrown out. Last year this same board spent $200,000 on a new high school football stadium after cancelling other more important projects "because we don't have the budget." Instead of opening the bidding process to the public (as is law on anything over $100,000), the BOE split the project into multiple parts all under that threshold and handed it all to one contractor (who is rumored to be sleeping with the board president.) I have called out various guilty parties because I didn't grow up here and I have nothing to lose... but no one cares. Corruption, in my opinion, is the most frustrating evil in modern government because it breeds from indifference. Rant.... over.... Edit: Formatting
15 Feb 2018 02:43 - +494
I would say they should make him Mayor... But I hear it's kind of dangerous to give a 18 year old control of the budget. #IceTown
15 Feb 2018 01:30 - +466
...and then nothing changed
15 Feb 2018 02:13 - +158
Those bastard fucked up pioneer to the entrance of little india. It’s literally un-drivable! All because those assholes don’t know how to cross the street at a light.
15 Feb 2018 02:53 - +138
OH SHIT! I'm from Norwalk with family living in Artesia! This is actually a pretty big deal for the city, petitioners on both sides come knocking every week to get people's support. I had no idea it was on this level though. IDK about the shady practices as I haven't delved into that, but I can agree the whole idea of there not being much point into building it. Artesia is alright, but it's definitely not some super nice place that people with the money to rent these condos out will want to move there. The point that millenials - which are presumably the target buyers - won't be able to afford these condos is very much true. Some Condos were recently built near a shopping center in Artesia and they aren't nearly as flooded as people thought they'd get. Why? Because it's above $2,000 a month for just a single bedroom condo! Based on your downpayment that's basically your monthly payment for a house in Artesia, so it makes no sense to rent out a tiny condo when you can be a homeowner for the same price. With all that being said, it very much makes sense that these "developments" are just city council members giving money to their friends in the construction business. Perhaps if they put more money into projects with real results then it'd be worth getting such an expensive Condo in Artesia.
15 Feb 2018 00:47 - +103
Why is that one guy hiding behind a big piece of paper?
15 Feb 2018 01:33 - +92
I'm not sure if this guy should run for office or start a career in stand-up comedy.
15 Feb 2018 03:10 - +84
It is a private development. All the council does is allow for permits and zoning. Public funds aren't being used to build these buildings. So why he keeps asking the council why nothing is being built there, well, they aren't building. They don't know, nor do they care why a private developer is not privately developing its privately owned land. That isn't their job to determine that. If the land is zoned correctly and they meet the requirements for permits, the city council isn't supposed to be out there making business decisions for a company. I live in Chicago. There is a plot of land on Lake Shore Drive in a great area that is worth tens of millions of dollars sitting totally empty. Why? The Alderman there doesn't want a building more than five stories tall being built. A five story building would not pay for itself there. So the developer spent the better part of a decade fighting the Alderman and trying to get the zoning changed. Just as they got the zoning changed and planned on building a 40 story building, 2008 happened and that developer had to sell the property. By time the new developer had everything figured out the zoning variance expired and they are now back to square one. I think this kid gets an A for effort, but he has no idea how any of this works.
15 Feb 2018 01:46 - +73
Artesia Life "1" is probably over budget and at a stand still. They are probably trying to approve Artesia Life "2" with a bigger budget in order to get the needed funding to finish Artesia Life "1". Just a guess.
15 Feb 2018 00:50 - +63
This young man gives me hope for a better tomorrow...BRAVO!!
15 Feb 2018 02:21 - +63
For anyone out there that feels powerless to fight the fucked up problems of the world, this is how you do it. Starting local and making your community a better, kinder place is the best option for the average joe.
15 Feb 2018 01:45 - +42
even though we didn't hear it, we heard the mic drop hard there.
15 Feb 2018 03:19 - +30
This is going to be a massive story across the usual players tomorrow, when their editors all browse Reddit tonight. Whatever happened to that School Board in LA? Nothing? Cool.
15 Feb 2018 03:15 - +30
kid makes some strong arguments. However I wish they filmed the rebuttal. Without hearing both sides of the argument it's kind of hard to say who's right. If this Council is as incompetent as he makes it sound, then they should have continued filming so they can further dig their own Graves.
15 Feb 2018 02:45 - +27
What is a millenial? If he's 18 doesn't that make him a millenial?
15 Feb 2018 01:51 - +20
It's a good thing the mayor is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, she might not have been able to find a construction company that was NOT a donor for her campaign. Good friends are hard to find.
15 Feb 2018 02:31 - +19
My brother likes to go to town meetings and make them sweat. One particularly fine one was when they said they needed a new high school. One of their major points was the old school didn't meet current standards for earthquakes. When they built the new school though they still used the old high school for a secondary school. My brother pointed out how years ago they said they couldn't reuse the old school for this which was why they needed the fancy new expensive school. They had no response. I bet the meeting in this video was held during work hours. It helps to reduce troublesome attendance.
15 Feb 2018 03:23 - +15
Tha was awesome, he was probably more prepared than the council
15 Feb 2018 03:18 - +14
So what's the corruption?
15 Feb 2018 02:48 - +9
This is incredible and being so involved with your city is great, but now what? What will change? This council just had a single bad meeting, some annoying video on the internet, and the next day nothing will come of it. The money's gone, the bids are done, they wipe their hands and etc. What can people do?
15 Feb 2018 03:03 - +6
My school growing up stole over 50milliom in construction contracts. Construction contracts are some of the easiest ways to inflate numbers and most common ways to steal money. Just have X person or Y company as an adviser/consultant. And if the consultant has an advisory board or specialists...guess who those specialists usually are
15 Feb 2018 03:15 - +6
If anyone is interested. Below is a link to the empty lot location. https://www.google.com/maps/@33.8709307,-118.0819742,3a,90y,159.57h,82.35t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4ox8uhhIFI8UH5Qzh0GLGQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
15 Feb 2018 03:27 - +1
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