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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Wednesday

Now that LA County Federation of Labor leader Martin Ludlow has resigned, and in fact even before he did, the jockeying (began) begins for the race to replace him. It is clear for Mayor Villaraigosa that he has significant influence, or that he needs to have significant influence in the pick. Who is Villaraigosa's pick? We hear Kent Wong from the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education. Wong is one of those super liberal professors that has my Republican brothers and sisters up in arms. To be fair, I tried to find a bio or information on Wong from the other perspective, but nothing decent. If you have something, let this old, dead Republican mayor know and I'll post it.

LA County has a new Mayor this year and a new picture. For more, click here.

Thumbnail porn may be a thing of the past for you Googlers out there. A US District Judge ruled in favor of a website that displays photos of nude women, Perfect 10, Inc., which had claimed that web searchers Google and A9 violated their copyright by showing thumbnail size images from their websites in image searches. Under the court order Google and A9 (owned by Amazon) will have to work with Perfect 10 to come up with the parameters of an injuction against the display of the photos.

Franklin Avenue is reporting that Martha Stewart is bringing her McMartha Mansions to LA. Last year, Martha teamed up with KB Homes to build and sell 650 scaled down versions of her own homes in North Carolina. Sales were so brisk that Martha and KB are going coast to coast.

Blogdowntown has a tale of the downtown ooze. When the ooze first was reported, blogger Eric Richardson had it tagged right away. We wonder if the downtown ooze is similar to the westside stench?

In light of the recent California Bar Exam, a couple of blogs (one we never heard of, another one that does a lot of observing) are going out of their way to point out the fact Mayor Villaraigosa failed the bar exam four times. Why? It probably helped his career prospects that he never became an attorney.

A new blog on the market is "Original Suburbia." This blog promises daily photos of life here in the San Fernando Valley. They've only been around a day, but we wish them well and welcome to the blogosphere.

Speaking of that observant blog, once again they prove that they just can't deal with other blogs that compete for the hearts and minds of Los Angeles. Why is it when we scoop both the LA Times and the Daily News that Martin Ludlow was on his way out, the observant blogger can't give us at least a hat tip? Of course, any chance to put my real name on his blog, he will. Like that matters. Whatever.

Somehow we missed Ed Meese's 75th birthday yesterday! No worries, GOP Vixen was on the case and declared it "Ed Meese Appreciation Day."

Public Meetings for Wednesday

The Los Angeles City Council is recessed for the day.

8:30 a.m: The City Council's Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee will meet. Room 1060, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.

9:30 a.m.: The Board of Public Works will meet. Room 350, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.

2:00 p.m.: The City Council's Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee will meet. Agenda items include funding for homeless services in the city. Room 1060, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.

3:00 p.m.: The City Council's Transportation Committee will meet. Room 1010, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh great. Martha Stewart and Eli Broad. Nice combination. Cheap liar and cheap housing.

Why does Eli Broad want to run our city so badly? He wants the open space, he wants the schools, he wants the mayors, he wants downtown. Why doesn't he just run for something and get it over with?

February 22, 2006 12:53 AM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

In LA Times article today...2 paragraphs into the story:

"In 2002, for example, then-council President Alex Padilla was hit with a record $79,321 fine by the Los Angeles Ethics Commission for failing to abide by the city's spending cap during his 1999 campaign and for accepting two donations over the $500 limit.

Padilla paid the fine and subsequently won a second term unopposed and was twice reelected as council president. He now is in the midst of a run for the state Senate."

Oldie but goodie.

February 22, 2006 12:56 AM  

Anonymous Stuart Waldman, Esq. said:

I feel sick everytime there is a story about the bar exam. That thing is just hard. I commend anyone who takes it, no matter how many times it takes. I know I didn't take it until two years after I graduated from law school (big mistake). I passed my first try, but a lot of people from my class had to take it a couple of times. What's the difference between them and me? None. We all can put Esquire after our name.

February 22, 2006 6:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MONICA GARCIA

A friend forwarded an email blast from the Monica Garcia campaign that I just had to comment on.

In the email, Monica declares that she is the labor candidate [no, not the "in labor" candidate despite her rather large stomach]. But, the Union that is endorsing her is none other than SEIU Local 99....yes, that Local 99 that illegally funded Ludlow's campaign and for which Martin will now be making license plates.

Too funny.

February 22, 2006 8:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

laborthug...

Someone should call CM Padilla and let him know he no longer holds the record.

If CM Padilla would have resigned, we would not have lost the charismatic, intelligent, and passionate leader Ludlow is.

Let's get rid of CM Padilla and get Ludlow back... who's the first to sign the petition?

February 22, 2006 8:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:58:
He's still the highest sittingCOUNCILMEMBER fined.
Martin (Fight on!) hasn't been fined nor is a Councilmember any more.

February 22, 2006 11:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

check out the new Dave Z article in LA Weekly on the School Board race.

why won't Monica take a position on the takeover?

All About Breaking Up Antonio plays the bully in this school-board race

By DAVID ZAHNISER

www.laweekly.com

February 22, 2006 8:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

no one cares stewie

February 22, 2006 8:27 PM  

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