Mayor Sam's Morning Update
Anticipating a flu wave as great or greater than the pandemic of 1918, as avian flu spreads around the world, the state's new health officer, Dr. Mark Horton, has worked with state officials to draft a response plan. Currently, officials want to stress education and awareness by local officials as well as the general public. The plan is available for viewing on the state's website here (PDF file).
Assembly Candidate and Neighborhood Council leader Jim Alger, fresh off defeating Wal-Mart, is calling on current Assemblyman Keith Richman and Alger's presumptive Republican opponent Cameron Smythe to support AB583, "The Clean Money Campaign." Alger and Smythe - currently a member of the Santa Clarita Valley City Council - are both seeking to succeed the termed out Richman. Referring to the current campaign funding system as akin to "legalized bribery," Alger believes AB583 would bring some much needed reform to the system. The full text of Alger's press release is on MS2.
The Sierra Club has endorsed Cindy Montanez over Alex Padilla in the bid for the Democratic Nomination for retiring State Senator Richard Alarcon's 20th District seat. (Hat tip to Bart Reed who Blackberried us from the meeting.)
The latest edition of The Transit Coalition's weekly e-newsletter is up at MS2.
And finally, if you can stomach it, the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats are holding their annual "Robert Kennedy Awards" Thursday night and, among others, will be Rob "Meathead" Reiner and his soak the rich tax initiative. Ironically, last weekend cable channel TVLand aired a weekend long marathon of Reiner's old show, All In The Family, in honor of the program's 35th Anniversary. Watching the show, you see how Reiner's character, Archie Bunker's son-in-lawMichael Stivic, is such an anachronism. Reiner didn't have to act much for that show, Stivic wasn't far afield from Reiner politically. The rub is that 35 years later, Reiner still holds many of the same outdated, liberal views.