LA Times Sunday Opinions - L.A. Bloggified
In L.A., bloggers may have gone mainstream, but they're all over this city's most recent fringe activity: voting. Here are some sites that local civic leaders and political hobbyists peruse, and a glimpse at what they've been saying about Tuesday's mayoral election. — Brendan Buhler
Boi from Troy
(boifromtroy.com) A gay Republican, USC alumnus, sports fan's perspective on area politics
Mayoral comment: "What would we get in four more years of Jim Hahn? I couldn't tell you, but I suspect more grand juries and federal investigations would be up there on the list."
Election reaction: "Blech."
Joe Scott: The Body Politic
(www.joescott3.com) An ex-Herald Examiner columnist, political consultant and third-generation Angeleno's insightful views
Mayoral comment: "The March 8 primary is the most volatile since 1973, when runoff finalist Tom Bradley beat Mayor Sam Yorty."
Election reaction: "Hahn will not go down without a bruising fight."
(www.laist.com) A snarky local outpost of a chain-blog with sister sites in London and New York
Comment: "Truly, we are tired of politics, particularly local politics, when our candidates aren't even any good at getting into fiery policy debates or slinging mud."
Election reaction: "Yikes."
(laobserved.com) Ex-Times journo Kevin Roderick's full-fledged, insider-oriented, flat-toned take on local news, media and Southern California gossip
Comment: "No surprise that City Controller Laura Chick came out … in support of Antonio Villaraigosa. She endorsed him four years ago, and in the City Council, Villaraigosa backs her wish to expand her office with more investigators."
Election reaction: "Re-dividing of the pie begins today."
(lavoice.org) Ex-Times scribbler Mack Reed's outrage-driven screed
Comment: "Hahn's just a lazy, dull, pandering hack politician who can't seem to grasp that he's holding the reins of one of the world's great cities limply in his hands."
Election reaction: May 17 runoff will be "nemesis-on-nemesis blood sport."
(martinirepublic.com) A left-leaning look from a fellow named Joseph Mailander and crew
Comment: "The unimaginative 'leadership' of Jimmy Hahn has put the City not so much in perpetual check but in a kind of zugzwang, the situation in chess in which a player is forced to make a disadvantageous move."
Election reaction: Anti-Latino sentiments "will become the boilerplate for the Hahn campaign."
Mayor Sam's Sister City
(www.mayorsam.blogspot.com) A conservative blog "ghost-written" by deceased Mayor Yorty
Comment: "This mayor is by far the worst in L.A. history, even worse than I was."
Election reaction: "Antonio has issues, but he has some vision."
Our mayor's race is kinda like the elections in Iraq. It's a lot of foreign-speaking people, in the desert, voting for people they've never heard of. — Jay Leno
So do we have to start acting like serious bloggers now that the Times cares about our opinion?