It was a light day for the Los Angeles City Council — meeting this morning for just 30 minutes — so members took to their soapboxes to denounce the country’s continued military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
With a 12-1 vote, the council voted to support federal legislation that would withdraw troops and contractors from the two countries, cut non-essential defense spending, and redirect “savings” to domestic programs. Councilman Mitchell Englander was the dissenting vote, with Councilmen Herb Wesson and Eric Garcetti absent.
“The federal issues are so significant for the future of this great nation that we need to focus on ourselves and stop playing big shot all over the earth,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl. “If we don’t invest in ourselves, our country is going to go down.”
Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who will be on the ballot in next week’s special election to replace Rep. Jane Harman, also backed the resolution, saying “This country, I believe, is war-weary. I’ve been out talking to dozens of people, all over, and people are tired of the wars.”
“It’s time to invade this country with resources,” Hahn said.
Englander did not speak on the issue prior to voting no.