Antonio’s joke

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! `IF we had a flag and spoke our own language – and some people say that we do – we’d have the seventh-largest economy in the world,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa thundered in a Washington, D.C., news conference Tuesday. “We want our fair share,” he added. “California, and particularly Southern California, has been an ATM for far too long. It’s time to recognize that we have been an engine not just for the state, but for the nation.” Amen, Brother Antonio! We haven’t heard that kind of righteous, rabble-rousing rhetoric since the days of the San Fernando Valley secession movement, when local leaders – and a certain newspaper known as the Voice of the Valley – called for a “fair share” for the overtaxed, underfunded engine of Los Angeles. Of course, the mayor was less than enthusiastic about the Valley’s attempt to get its fair share back then. But now that he’s on the short end of the fair-share stick, he’s become a true believer in political fairness. Good for him. Maybe if things don’t break Antonio’s way in Washington, he can lead a Southland secession campaign. We might even put his picture on the flag.last_img


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