LA Times Pop Quiz
The ed board over on 1st Street weighs in on MAV's recent ethics statements and actions:
Say you're the new mayor, and you've just defeated an incumbent who oversaw an administration you called "the most investigated in recent history." You want to signal quickly that, under your watch, City Hall is going to be run in a visibly open and fair manner. Under these circumstances, which of the following actions do you take?
For reasons of brevity, the choices were A) Pass the ethics package, B) Name an ethics advisor, and C) Throw a gala benefiting LA's Best.
If you are Antonio Villaraigosa, the newly elected mayor of Los Angeles, you chose all of the above. And you deserve nothing but praise for (a) and (b).
But when it comes to (c), you may recall that former Mayor James K. Hahn raised lots of money in 2002 to defeat San Fernando Valley secession, and causes don't get much better than keeping Los Angeles from splintering apart. Yet donations to Hahn's anti-secession campaign helped spark ongoing inquiries into whether City Hall officials repaid big donors with fat city contracts.
Interesting. He also now has questions to answer from Parks and Perry re: the previous mentioned ethics package.
We may have to follow in LAist's shoes with their Good Grove/Bad Grove series with a new one.
Good Mayor/Bad Mayor. So much for the honeymoon.