Mayor Sam's Morning Update
Following a bruising battle with the City Ethics Commission, City Councilman Jack Weiss is taking more heat again. An article in the UCLA Daily Bruin, illuminated further by Joe Mailander at Martini Republic, talks about how Wacko Jacko is feted by the society ladies of the 5th CD and UCLA officials for protecting their enclave from foot races for charity and for keeping "those people" out of the district. But local business owners give WJ a failing grade for not supporting their efforts to create a business improvement district in order to bring the Village back from the brink and restore some of its pre-Olympics glory as a LA destination.
We got a note from one of our readers that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was a clue in Sunday's LA Times Crossword. Anyone know anything about this?
Former Mayoral candidate Walter Moore has a "Thanksgiving message" for all of his supporters over at MS2.
And finally, more evidence we made the right move in not taking up the offer to join Pajamas Media / Open Source Media / whatever its called. Blogger Wonkette captures a number of other bloggers takes on what Wonkette calls a "train wreck" that the blogging world is watching very closely. The first faux pas was the PM/OSM/Whatever guys either didn't catch or ignored the prior existence of another blogging Open Source Media (When you get $3.5 million of venture capital for a blog isn't there some level of due diligence that's done? Don't those guys at PM/OSM/Whatever know how to use Google?). Next, they apparently bungled and maybe even changed their story in the mea culpa they posted. Jeff Jarcis of BuzzMachine is wonders if a death pool can be started?
To be fair, its easy for bloggers who are not part of OSM to sit back, take potshots and wait for a train wreck. We were invited to join the venture and after mulling it over decided to pass. It was a gamble, and as we look forward, probably a good one. Most of the folks involved with OSM are trying to accomplish something, but you just have to wonder why more thought wasn't put into it?