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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Open Thread for Tuesday

For those of you returning to work today as opposed to yesterday, happy shopping recovery day to all of you out there coming out of your egg nog induced hazes shopping frenzies. Odds are that blogging here will be lite over the next week, but I too will attempt to set down the nog and post some stories for those of you who are stuck at work this week.

Happy blogging, and remember:

Don't nog and blog Drink and Drive.


Anonymous noel park said:

Well I'm trying to help take up the slack.

How about something on the "resignation" (actually retirement on an incredible pension, but oh well) of Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Bruce Seaton?

Reported in the Breeze, I believe Saturday.

December 27, 2005 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor AV announcing success in his pothole campaign is exactly like GW standing on the desk of that navy vessel a couple of years ago, saying "the war in Iraq" is over.

Exactly like it.


This guy has spent so many years living off the "sizzle" of campaigning, he wouldn't know a "steak" if you hit him in the face with it.

December 27, 2005 2:56 PM  

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

I just wasted half my day writing this story about 45AD and Jose Huizar's vacant seat.

December 27, 2005 3:56 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Festivus now! Let us begin with the Airing of Greivances. . .

December 27, 2005 6:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FYI...From the Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 Houston Chronicle:

Similar bumpy roads for transit in L.A., Houston
Crashes raised safety concerns for light rail here and California's Bus Rapid Transit


December 27, 2005 7:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just noticed that Hahn's former chief of staff, Tim McOsker, is now a partner at the morally bankrupt law firm of Christensen, White, Miler et al..

This firm does a ton of work for the LAUSD at enormously inflated prices. Way to go Tim, you are now one of them.

December 27, 2005 9:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I just read your "story" and I must say it's superficial.

First, there are more serious candidates out there than Monica Garcia and Christoper. Please read up on Lou Calanche and Ana Fernandez.

Second, I think many people would be surprised if the mayor supported Monica Garcia, especially after her and Mr. Huizar bumbled in their efforts to get her appointed to fill Huizar's seat. The conventional wisdom is that the Mayor would not touch Monica because besides being weak in policy and weak of mind, she has already shown that she could not even deliver on her own appointment (and her physical appearnce doesn't help matters).

Third, it is well-known within the District (I work there) that Huizar had the weakest staff. Indeed, Huizar's staff was so weak (Monica and others) that Huiar had to hire an outside consultant (David Cobb) just to get medicore advice.

Fourth, as much as you'd like to make this a race between the UTLA and Villaraigosa, the interested parties include many others, like Eli Broad (who has interviewed candidates but not Monica G.), other councilmembers, community groups, charter school groups, Mr. Barr for Green Dot and so on.

Do a little homework in the future.

December 27, 2005 9:16 PM  

Anonymous noel park said:

12/27, 9:02 PM:

Always was in my view.

December 28, 2005 2:49 PM  

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

Anon at 9:16 p.m.,

You're right about the lack of knowledge I have about the 2nd School District race. I wasn't able to track down any public records about who had filed papers to run - so all of my info was just word of mouth from the people I know.

I did do a pretty fat chunk of research, but I'm not a pro at this sort of thing, so I did most of it over the internet.

At the least I can say this: the players in this next election are now better known thanks to your post. I honestly didn't even know about Lou Calanche and Ana Fernandez.

December 28, 2005 2:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:16 was a little harsh. The candidates are listed here:


A lot of others were rumored to be running, but I guess they figured out that an annual salary of $24K doesn't pay the bills, particularly if you have a family.

December 28, 2005 3:25 PM  

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