Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday
Martini Republic and Don Garza are dubious of local politicians' plans to have the homless in Los Angeles do a census of, well, themselves. At stake is not only an assessment of where the city is at with its homeless population but potentially funding for a number of programs.
One of the points the Sunland-Tujunga anti-Home Depot NIMBYs make as a reason to ban the hardware chain is that Home Depot puts small local stores out of business. We posted the other day that this doesn't have to be the case - a local 100 year old hardware store has managed to thrive despite a nearby Home Depot because the store chose to innovate. Less than performing stores would rather have the government preserve their panopoly than get off their ass and compete. However, we have yet another example of a company that has managed to compete against Home Depot and do well - Ace Hardware Stores. The nationwide chain is actually a co-op of locally owned independent hardware stores. Executives at Ace have gained an edge "by emphasizing convenience and by continuing to upgrade the aesthetics of the stores." At a time when Home Depot is struggling in many aspects of its business now is a prime opportunity for other stores to find innovative ways to serve their customers and thrive.
The WWG surveyed his readers to find out their favorite sites, blogs, etc. He was forced to mention that a number of his readers do a lot of (LA)Observing of The Sister City (remember LAObserved is the top blog that refers to us) but in order to make himself feel better, WWG calls us a "gossip" site. Whatever.
And finally, the folks at "Save the 76 Ball" have had a major victory. Conoco-Phillips, the new owners of the Union 76 stations will install a limited number of the balls at some stations and is sending a chunk of them to museums.