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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Bratton, Bushes & Bureaus

treeAssorted happenings around the City on a fine Thursday morning:

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was in town to announce $65 million in federal security funding for LA County. On hand were two men both being touted as potential replacements for the outgoing Ridge, Sheriff Lee Baca and LAPD Chief William Bratton. Ridge gave his stamp of approval to both men. Baca however indicated he is flattered by the attention, but Bratton signaled possible interest.
"If the president comes knocking on your door, you naturally have to take him seriously," Bratton said.
Daily News
In the meantime, Poopy lapped up the Federal dollars while Councilman Jack Weiss called it a Bush Administration publicity stunt. Read all about it in the Daily News.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority will unveil its landscaping plan for the under construction San Fernando Valley Orange Line busway. On deck is a promise of over 900,000 bushes and trees along the route. Get the details here.

And finally, to give Forkush more to talk about, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel is asking the LA Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Southern California Association of Governments to create special programs and resources to market the San Fernando Valley as a tourist destination.

Maybe the nearly million bush march on the Orange Line could be one of the tourist stops. Or Forkush's bridge.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Jack Weiss needs to go back to law school. He's an idiot and says the dumbest things to the press. You would think as a former prosecutor he would know better. He consistently embarrasses himself in council. I'm appalled that Prez Padilla had to call out 3 times yesterday for Tony, Parks and Weiss to go to chambers because they needed a quorum to confirm commission appointees. The three musketers screwing around on my tax dollar on city time. When is someone going to set those idiots straight?

December 16, 2004 9:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whatever happened to the thing about if the members were not in chambers on time the Prez could have the LAPD Sgt at arms go arrest them and bring them to chambers? Maybe that is what we need.

December 16, 2004 10:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's a great idea last poster. The article in Daily News this week quoting Councilman Zine saying what a disgrace that everyone has to wait around to get quroum until these kuckleheads go to their seats. Once they get to their seats all they do is talk on the phone, to eachother and don't pay attention. It's the worst case of immaturity I've seen with politicans. People wait for hours to speak at public comment and they could care less. Remember the guy who sued them for wasting time in chambers earlier this year? He should do it again.

December 16, 2004 10:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree the council should pay more attention. Of course it would help if some of these wackos didn't make ridiculous comments wasting everyone elses time during public comments.

December 16, 2004 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There should definitely be a time limit on presentations. They have gotten so out of hand that NO city business it seems is conducted especially on Fridays. What a waste of our tax dollars.

December 20, 2004 8:49 AM  

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