Do-nothing officials

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT’S a good thing that the greater Los Angeles area has such a strong delegation in Washington, D.C. – otherwise actor Karl Malden might never have received that post office in Brentwood named in his honor. Yes, that is a bit of sarcasm at the expense of the congressmen and congresswomen who were elected to represent the country’s second-most-populous city and its suburbs. But they deserve this tweak because despite the economic and cultural stature of California, our representatives still evidently allow themselves to be treated like rubes when it comes to getting what their constituents need. A Daily News examination of the legislative records of the pols who represent the San Fernando Valley and adjacent areas found dismal success. Last year, only 2 percent of their total bills passed. It’s not for lack of trying: Reps. Brad Sherman, Howard Berman, Henry Waxman, Adam Schiff, Elton Gallegly and others collectively introduced a respectable amount of bills, including one to clean up perchlorate. But few find any sort of support or get hearings before the full Congress. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Berman certainly deserves credit for getting part of the 405 car-pool-lane funds last year, but that shouldn’t be the only accomplishment of note – it should be among many. California in general, and Southern California in particular, are hardly the backwaters that they might have been a century ago. Yet the power structure in Washington, D.C., doesn’t seem to have noticed it. And that’s the fault of those elected to represent the region. At the very least, California lawmakers should wield the same power as all other states. And, realistically, they should have power advantages. If Southern California’s federal lawmakers banded together and started using their weight, they could be a serious force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, the same forces that have allowed state politics to become mired by special interests are at work to ensure perpetual electoral victories for the region’s particularly weak representative class – despite records that show they are mostly do-nothings.last_img read more