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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Headlines for Wednesday

Steve Hymon provides his weekly humor column in the LA Times highlighting Herb Wesson, Marvin Braude, Con Howe, ceremonial presentations, and Dennis Zine.

In the LAUSD vs. The World update, we get stories from the LA Times, Daily News, and Daily Breeze regarding auditing the district.

Eric Garcetti announces David Gershwin as Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero, who was named Deputy Chief of Staff in July of this year to Director of Council Relations, and Jan Perry as President Pro Tempore.

In the "better late than never" files, the LA Times reports that nearly a decade after Los Angeles County voters overwhelmingly approved an ethics initiative to regulate contributions to county political campaigns, the five supervisors agreed on a way to enforce it.

So much for regional airports. It turns out that Palmdale has fallen by the wayside yet again, as it's sole carrier is bailing in March. LA Times: Sole Carrier at Palmdale to Quit

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank god Padilla is no longer president! Hymon has been doing a great job covering APadilla's shenanigans.

Is James acevedo still supporting Alex?

December 21, 2005 8:45 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Four dead on skid row Monday from too-potent heroin, I think, should go on top of the humor column and everything else. After all the posing and the photo ops and the using of Skid Row as a prop and a vehicle for better media careers, it's a complete scandal for all around: pols, relief agencies, hospitals, media.

One of the deceased was a 75-year-old woman.

December 21, 2005 9:00 AM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

Joseph - I'm working on that post now. It is scandalous enough to be seperated out from this.

December 21, 2005 9:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Romer should stop whining and submit to the audit. If not, the natural question is what's he hiding? And Huizar should keep quiet. He has no credibility on this issue.

December 21, 2005 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why does the city keep holding onto this daft dream of turning Palmdale into a viable LAX alternative? It's just way too isolated for anyone, whether cargo haulers or passenger carriers, to want to use it. Ontario has three freeways nearby; Palmdale has one, and there's not gonna be a 138 "High Desert" Freeway for a couple of decades at least.

December 21, 2005 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Love the reporters for printing the facts and sad truth about what a bunch of goons we have on city council. Steve Hymon and David Z. are without a doubt the two best that aren't afraid to print the facts. I do like Patrick McGreevy as well. He's done some great stories of city issues.

December 21, 2005 12:40 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

10:39

This whole Palmdale Airport fiasco is nothing more than a pipe dream but on by County Supervisor Mike Antonovich. Both alternatives fall within or near his district so Campaign contributors can fill his War chest.

December 21, 2005 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:39, 2:33 -

You clearly see the world in very myopic terms. You fail to think about the long-term benefits to the region.

That "Hahnesque" approach was tried and rejected.

December 21, 2005 3:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:35 anon:

I don't see why scarce funding should be pumped into subsidizing an airport that will have no customers for decades. All of these projections of incredible population growth in the Antelope Valley are contingent upon low interest rates and cheap gas, neither of which are at all guaranteed.

Palmdale is in the middle of fucking nowhere and will continue to be for decades. Antonovich is just trying to funnel dollars into his district. Notice how he's trying to block funding for the Red Line and instead spend it on Metrolink service to his precious meth- and gang-ridden hellholes. He's also a douchebag, as evidenced by naming county facilities for himself while still in office. Don't be like John Stroger, Mikey. (Same thing goes for all the other idiot supervisors, BTW. Why are there only five of them?)

December 21, 2005 4:14 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

3:35 Meathead,

Long term benefits to the region would also happen if included are High speed rail access between the airports as well as California to reduce the traffic problems.

If anything Ontario has more potential than Palmdale. Because with Palmdale you'd have the exact same problems with LAX at an even greater scale, yet less mitigation potential, High dessert and Hot summer temperatures and lots of idling Jets on taxiways, can we say more pollution! Noel can you hear me brother. But even if we push through with this regional Airport idea, you still have to fix the core and make connections to the Core which is LAX. You need this to handle the intial extra loads as the two other airports expand and build once they're completed you have a co-ordinated network of airports.

The three most important things in a successful business is Location, Location, Location. Are the Beaches closer to LAX or Palmdale? Are the important local joints in Hollywood, Staples Center closer to LAx or Palmdale?

How will leaders convince passengers and Cash-crunched Airlines to divert flights to Palmdale when there's nothing connecting it to the city?

The regional airport system is ALSO going to be dependent more on Burbank and Long Beach.

So am I still Myopic in your point of view?

December 21, 2005 4:21 PM  

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