Bratton, Bushes & Bureaus
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.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.