La ciudad de Los Angeles está al borde de la quiebra, y muchos consideran que ya ha quebrado. Sus aeropuertos son una vergüenza, las autopistas están congestionadas, con las calles están llenas de baches y las aceras agrietadas, al mismo tiempo que llevan años sin podar los árboles de muchos barrios.
Abundan los problemas por resolver en Los Angeles, pero el electorado ha mostrado una gran indiferencia ante los comicios del martes para elegir un nuevo alcalde. Ningún tema o candidato ha acaparado la atención popular, y mucho menos su imaginación, para reemplazar al demócrata Antonio Villaraigosa.
La disputa electoral está centrada entre Eric Garcetti, de 42 años, y Wendy Greuel, de 51, en la segunda ronda del 21 de mayo ya que probablemente ninguno de ellos obtendrá mayoría en los comicios del martes.
Con una asistencia a las urnas que podría ser inferior al 20%, la concejal demócrata Jan Perry, de 57 años, o el ex fiscal republicano Kevin James, de 49, podrían deparar una sorpresa. Y el ex ejecutivo de la alta tecnología Emanuel Pleitez, de 30, queda en un lugar muy distante de los punteros.
Los sondeos de opinión rezuman dudas por todas partes.
Los angelinos podrían elegir a la primera alcaldesa (Greuel, contralora municipal, o Perry), o el primer homosexual reconocido (James), o el primer judío (Perry o Garcetti, concejal). Empero, los cinco candidatos más destacados se han centrado en las deficientes escuelas, un déficit galopante, un desempleo del 10,2% e impedir que el aumento de las pensiones y seguros médicos de los empleados y ex empleados municipales impidan reparar las calles o financiar otros servicios.
"Los mismos políticos profesionales que causaron los problemas de la ciudad prometen ahora que pueden solucionarlos", comentó James, que se considera un recién llegado a la política municipal.
Villaraigosa, elegido en 2005, es el primer alcalde hispano de Los Angeles desde 1872.
Activists Rally For Comprehensive Immigration Reform In Washington
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08: Latinos and immigrants participate in a rally on immigration reform in front of the White House on November 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. Immigrant rights organizations called on President Barack Obama to fulfill his promise of passing comprehensive immigration reform. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Members of immigration rights organizations, including Casa in Action and Maryland Dream Act, demonstrate in front of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, calling on President Barack Obama to fulfill his promise of passing comprehensive immigration reform. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 15, 2010 file photo, immigration reform advocates march around the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver. The group, which had more than 100 protesters, marched from the Colorado state Capitol to the federal courts to call for changes in the nation's immigration laws. Colorado's results for the 2012 presidential election will undoubtedly turn, in part, on Hispanics, who account for about 20 percent of the population in the state, and have, so far, overwhelmingly favored the president. Immigration actually ranks third in importance in polling of Hispanics, with the economy and education rating No. 1 and No. 2, says Floyd Ciruli, a Denver pollster. But, he says, "it's almost a litmus test issue - do you have at least sympathy and understand the issues we're dealing with?" (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
FILE - In this May 10, 2011 file photo, audience members listen to President Barack Obama speak about immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas. In advance of the November presidential election, the Obama campaign is wooing Hispanics with TV and radio ad campaigns accentuating positive messages. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2011 photo, college student Jasmine Oliver, of Warwick, R.I., top left, and Javier Gonzalez, of Pawtucket, R.I., top right, display a banner and shout their support for allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates while attending public colleges in the state, during a Board of Governors of Higher Education meeting on the campus of the Community College of Rhode Island, in Warwick, R.I. But research varies on the effects of resident tuition rates for illegal immigrants, including on enrollment, and students may still face a tough road even if they graduate with a college degree: Without passage of the DREAM Act or other federal immigration reform, illegal immigrant students have no pathway to legal status, and it remains illegal for employers to hire them. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
Antony Lopez, 10, left, Hillary Lopez, 11, and Angelita Lopez, 6, all of Arlington, Va., wear shirts that read "Don't Deport My Mom" next to their mother, Viviana Oxlaj, during a rally in support of immigration reform and the DREAM Act in Lafayette Park outside the White House in Washington, on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Supporters of the DREAM Act, including Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., third from right, wait to be arrested while performing an act of civil disobedience at a rally for supporting the DREAM Act and immigration reform outside the White House in Washington, on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2012 file photo, immigrant advocates use an image of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on a mock state driver's license during a rally in Santa Fe. A new poll has found that nearly three-fourths of New Mexico voters oppose a state law that allows immigrant immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. The poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal found that 71 percent of the states likely voters are against the 2003 state law. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File)
A demonstrator holds a sign supporting rights for undocumented immigrants at the 'March On Wall Street South' rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, ahead of the Democratic National Convention on September 2, 2012. Hundreds of people chanting slogans and carrying signs against and for an assortment of different causes marched through the city to protest what they said was seedy corporate influence on politics. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
FILE - In this July 15, 2011 file photo, demonstrators hold signs in New York during a rally to condemn an immigration and customs enforcement program known as Secure Communities, and ICE's alleged refusal to meet with directly impacted immigrants. The signs read in Spanish "Deportations destroy our families." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
Tanya Hernandez, 4, demonstrates at a pro-immigration rally with others with the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights, Tuesday June 26, 2012 at City Hall in Los Angeles. The group was reacting to Monday's Supreme Court decision to overturn three parts of the Arizona law but uphold a section that requires police to check the status of people who might appear to be in the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Dozens of demonstrators protest at a "Right to Dream" rally Thursday May 17, 2012 in Los Angeles. The demonstrators were protesting the deportation of illegal immigrants by the Obama Administration. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Maria Sofia, Malendez Campos,
Students Maria Sofia, left, and Malendez Campos, protest at a "Right to Dream" rally Thursday May 17, 2012 in Los Angeles. The Demonstrators were protesting the deportation of illegal immigrants by the Obama Administration. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Activists Protest Outside Immigration Court Building In Chicago
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: Father Jose Landaverde and Emma Lazano sit in front of the building which houses immigration court during a protest May 15, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The two where later arrested along with at least two others at the protest where demonstrators were calling for immigration reform. This was the second day of protests in what is expected to be a full week of demonstrations as the city prepares to host the NATO Summit May 20-21. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)