Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday
Mayor Villaraigosa's plan to take over the schools could have lost another friend. LA Voice reports on an LA Weekly piece that the Mayor may have lost the support of one of his oldest friends, developer Eli Broad. In the meantime, LA Unified Supertindent Roy Romer accused the Mayor of using propaganda in his efforts to take control, remarks that got Romer in trouble for comparing Villaraigosa's "propoganda" to that of anti-Japanese rhetoric during World War II.
Mayor Villaraigosa is proposing to let Angelenos ride MTA buses and trains for one week for free. This is based on a similar plan in San Francisco. The Mayor asked transit officials to determine the costs of such a program.
Boi from Troy reports that the conventional wisdom is that Phil Angelides' gubernatorial campaign is in big trouble. Comparisons are being made to previous challengers such as Republicans Evelle Younger and Bill Simon and Democrat Kathleen Brown who stumbled early in the summer and never gained traction in the fall.
Bitter Bernie is having issues again. MTA officials want to name the Mid City/Exposition light rail project the "Aqua Line." He also rejects the MTA's other alternative, "Purple" as the Bitterman doesn't think either "resonates." What color does Bernie like? Rose. Read all about it at Franklin Avenue.
At Friday's Los Angeles City Council meeting, Members will consider a a proposal to place a time limit on commendatory presentations during council meetings. Anyone have the over/under on the passage of that?
The Burbank City Council will submit to voluntary drug tests. This follows the conviction of former council member Stacey Murphy for drug possession. This old, dead Republican Mayor wonders if the LA City Council should enact a similar plan. Anti-MTA gadfly Jon Walsh has been attempting to collect board member's urine samples for years, so perhaps the time has come.
Mayor Villaraigosa will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 30th annual Home Remodeling and Decorating Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
And finally, In The Oaks has a piece about the ghetto that exists in the frontier of the border between Bel Air and Sherman Oaks. Apparently all kinds of nefarious activities all in the shadow of multi-million dollar homes.
8:30AM - COUNCIL: Ad Hoc Committee on Public Debt, Bonds and Financing Special Meeting
9:30AM - BPW: Board of Public Works
10:00AM - COUNCIL: Los Angeles City Council
11:30AM - CAD: CAC Meeting