Socialist Los Angeles Announces Plans for the First Public Bank In California

Great news for socialists.  The City of Los Angeles has agreed to open a “public” bank.  This will kill off private banks in the area.  How?  Instead of putting excess funds, reserve funds, bond money, pension funds, etc., in private banks—all that money will go to GOVERNMENT banks.  They will determine who gets loans—better donate to the Party if you want a home or business loan.  The same city that is running billions in deficits, can’t fill potholes, can’t educate children—wants to run a bank.  Corruption?  No one even pretend city government is honest any more.  Imagine a bank run by know crooks?

“In a press conference celebrating the passage of AB 857 in front of the Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, along with Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), announced that the first public bank in California would be coming to Los Angeles.

“When we began there were people who thought we were outside our minds,” began City Council President Wesson. “Yet we still stand. You folk made history.”

 “Within the next 48 hours it is my intention to put forward before the LA City Council a motion to put out a request for a banking expert to help put together a public bank here in Los Angeles.”

California is a socialist paradise—highest poverty in the nation, 47% of the homeless in the nation—now banks to finance socialism.  Maybe the Venezuelan bankers can advise L.A. on how to run a bank?

Los Angeles Announces Plans for the First Public Bank In California

LA’s Public Bank will be the second public banking system in the entire country

By Evan Symon, California Globe,  10/7/19 

In a press conference celebrating the passage of AB 857 in front of the Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, along with Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), announced that the first public bank in California would be coming to Los Angeles.

“When we began there were people who thought we were outside our minds,” began City Council President Wesson. “Yet we still stand. You folk made history.”

 “Within the next 48 hours it is my intention to put forward before the LA City Council a motion to put out a request for a banking expert to help put together a public bank here in Los Angeles.”

Assemblyman Santiago also confirmed Los Angeles’s commitment.

“Los Angeles will lead this. We’ll be the first to set up a bank. Well paid lobbyists will walk these halls trying to get other council members not to vote for it. But if we can take them in Sacramento, we can take them in LA.”

Supporters, such as Assemblyman Santiago, also noted the unusual way that AB 857 was passed.

“We didn’t have a lobbyist,” remarked Assemblyman Santiago. “It was a people-powered movement to take on the banking industry. People power prevailed.”

“The old system simply isn’t working. 1% of the population owns most of the wealth. There are people living in the streets. This will change that.”

“This bill laid out public confidence. We can beat Wall Street and we can put people before profit.”

AB 857, co-authored by Assemblymen Santiago and David Chiu (D-San Francisco) was signed earlier this month by Governor Gavin Newsom. While supporters such as Public Bank LA joined those in office in front of the City Hall, those not for the bill were also in attendance.

“This is something every Californian has to worry about now,” said Bill Shanahan, a bank representative. “There is a lot of confusion over what public banks can actually do and what they can, quote, “Give back to the community”. 

“They aren’t really attacking Wall Street. They’re attacking banks that provide the cheapest and sometimes only banks in poorer areas, where government services doesn’t even want to go.”

“How can a public bank be good when they aren’t even helping the public?”

Despite detractors, supporters remain optimistic about the future of public banks in California, especially in Los Angeles.

“Two years ago we got the city of Los Angeles to move over $100 million dollars out of Wells Fargo,” said Trinity Tran, a lead organizer for Public Bank LA. “Wall Street had little interest to change. But we don’t need a for-profit bank. We need socially responsible institutes for public dollars, and the wealth reinvested back into the community.

We saw the same system work and be profitable for 15, 20 years in North Dakota, but we’re bigger. They have 700,000 people, about the same as San Francisco. LA alone has 4 million. We need to better address redevelopment needs. We need to address affordable housing. We need to better address rebuilding, like in Santa Rosa after the fires.”

When built, the Los Angeles Public Bank will be the second public bank in the nation after North Dakota, and the first city public bank in the US. A rough timeline for the Los Angels public bank is expected at the next Los Angeles City Council meeting.

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