More Indictments (possibly) and Emeryville Beats Los Angeles
An excerpt from the Daily News:
Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and Loyola Law School professor, said the disclosure indicates more people are cooperating "or they would have been named in the first indictment."
"They'll continue to do the squeeze play."
Levenson said another indictment - even if it doesn't involve a current or former Hahn administration official - would hurt the mayor politically.
"It's all bad for Hahn," she said. "It's like picking the scab off and constantly reminding people of corruption."
excerpt from the LA Times:
Fleishman-Hillard, a St. Louis-based firm that had cultivated extensive political connections in Los Angeles, wrote speeches, letters, media plans and news releases for Mayor Hahn. Many of the news releases were written on Hahn's letterhead and made minimal or no mention of the utility. Records indicate that the firm was in almost daily contact with the mayor's office, work for which it billed the DWP
Not that any of this is funny, but yesterday Hahn was doing the right thing by standing up and trying to clean up King Drew medical center.
But just read the following from yesterday's LA Times:
When asked about the timing of his announcement, Hahn said, "I can't help that there is an election scheduled."
I personally find this funny because Hahn has single-handedly took away from Hahn supporters a line they have been trying to thread here on this very blog. That the corruption probes on the mayor's office are political in nature.
Well I suppose the FBI like the Mayor (quoting Jim Hahn now) "the FBI can't help that there is an election scheduled."
Wait, this wasn't supposed to be about indictments but another new topic regarding the Hahn administration.
We have received several e-mails from Cities across the state and local people in the know that the Stem Cell folks have narrowed their list to 4 Cities. These cities are in the running to host the base for the $3 billion dollar Stem Cell bond initiative.
1. San Jose
2. San Francisco
3. San Diego
What the hell is Emeryville doing on that list?
Didn't the Mayor of Los Angeles propose...The mayors proposal was submitted to an independent oversight committee, and calls for 17,000 square feet of office space at City National Plaza (formerly ARCO Plaza) at Fifth and Flower streets in Downtown L.A. to be used for the headquarters. Thomas Properties Inc. owns the two buildings totaling more than 2 million square feet at City National Plaza; chief executive Jim Thomas has been a close Hahn ally and is also on the board overseeing the $1.2 billion Grand Avenue project....
In a press conference announcing the bid, Hahn mentioned both universitys efforts in the biomedical research arena as key reasons why the institutes board should site their headquarters in Los Angeles.
The city also offered free access to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the institutes larger meeting needs, as well as $1 million in foundation grant funding to help support the institutes administrative needs. In his bid letter, Hahn mentioned that the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Keck Foundation had agreed to put up a total of $500,000 toward that grant funding.
Read about Hahn's proposal here and here and here and here.
But why read all of those press accounts when you can just read about it straight from Jim Hahn's own website
Save that PDF as I expect it will no longer be available to the public much longer.
So now that I've primed the pump somewhat, let me explain why the City of Los Angeles lost to Emeryville. WE FILLED OUT THE APPLICATION WRONG!
It's not because Emeryville has better universities that compete with USC or UCLA.
It's not because they have brighter students than Cal-Tech, in fact here are the schools likely to lead the Stem Cell $3 billion dollar revolution of jobs and cures for diseases.
Emeryville's leading institutions of learning:
National Holistic Institute
Coastal Valley College
Silicon Valley College
I can see how Cal-Tech can't compete with the national holistic institute, I do recall that UCLA frequently quivers at thought of debating Coastal Valley College at debate forums and there are stories of USC losing chess matches to Silicon Valley College year after year.
Jim Hahn has let 2 community colleges and a holistic institute shame Los Angeles.
Richard Riordan, Tom Bradley and yes even Sam Yorty would get Los Angeles into the finals on the backs of CSUN students.