Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed City Controller Laura Chick to the California State Bar Association’s Board of Governors. The State Bar is governed by a 23-member Board of Governors. Fifteen are lawyers elected by members of the State Bar. A 16th lawyer is elected by the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Board of Directors. Since 1977, the State Bar has operated with increased involvement by the public. Beginning that year, six "public" or non-lawyer members were appointed to the Board of Governors - four by California's governor, one by the state Senate Committee on Rules and one by the Speaker of the Assembly.
Home prices are in the news. While Martini Republic picks up on the news that the median price for homes on the Westside has dropped nearly $150K in the last year, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal says on the other hand most communities in the San Fernando Valley are seeing an increase in prices in the last month alone. Finally, some people who can't afford homes on the Westside or the Valley are heading out to the Victor Valley where gleaming new homes go for at least half the price of most homes in LA. That is, much to the chagrin of the locals who've been there for a while.
Govenor Schwarzenegger broke his leg in a skiing accident in Idaho and checked into a Los Angeles hospital Monday where he will undergo surgery. Schwarzenegger broke his right femur, or thighbone and will undergo non-emergency surgery.
LA City Nerd reports that there may be buried treasure in City Hall. When the building was first constructed in 1927 a time capsule was included in the corner stone. Included in the items placed in the capsule were three nuggets of gold. However, when the building was restored in 2001, city officials say no time capsule nor any gold was found. Where could it be? Sounds like a case for Captain Jack Sparrow.
Last Friday was the final day of business for Tower Records at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. Rumor has it some type of upscale furniture store is taking the space. Click here to see the Galleria's online tribute to the legendary store.
And finally, to make the case that blogging has truly empowered the citizen-journalist to report on things the news media would never pick up - Here In Van Nuys reports on a neighborhood holiday party in the central San Fernando Valley 'burb.