public interests leading to the formation and implementation of policies that are likely to affect
the planning process (Corburn and Jason, 118). In Chinatown, the politicians and the people in
power are seen as dishonest people whose decisions are meant to protect their interests. For
example, Cross who is an influential official in the city uses his powers and money to run the
city and takes advantage of the people under him for his gains. The actions of many powerful
people in the town such as the District Attorney in Chinatown and the Lieutenant Escober is seen
as an obstacle to implementing better planning policies for the interest of the public.
When a city is infiltrated by the cartels who are a small group of individuals controlling
the city, the public is likely to be the victims. The small group of politicians or the powerful
people in the society often affects the way service is delivered to the common people. In most
cases, the common people have to suffer the consequences to protect the desires of the cartels.
Policies created are usually meant to protect the self-interests of the individual with little care
about service delivery to the public. The latter can be considered as the effect of bad leadership
that affects most cities and towns today. In Chinatown, the city of Los Angles is controlled by a
clique of individuals lead by Noah Cross whose interests are to use their powers to protect their
interests. For example, the water and irrigation systems that transformed the American West are
turned from serving the public interest to serving the individual interests. At this point, the writer
of the movie tries to show his viewers how corruption and politics can affect service delivery as
well as the intention of the planners. The killing of Hollis by Cross for interfering with his plans
for the new reservoir is a significant proof of the corruption in the city.
The Los Angle’s water and irrigation system was an important resource to the people
living in the neighborhood, and it offered them an opportunity for farming as their livelihood.
However, the effect of corruption turns the irrigation system from benefiting the farmers to