Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday
The little known "other" school board, the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees is also up for election next week. I guess the Mayor isn't trying to take them over - yet (he may not know about their $1 billion construction budget). The unions - backed by the powerful Berman-Waxman political machine - run the show but a scrappy group of educational, community and business leaders are attempting to get elected to the board. Full Disclosure Network has an interesting program covering the issue for your viewing on demand.
Some good critiques of issues related to the Grand Avenue bamboozle. First off, our friend Joseph Mailander takes the LA Times to task for falling down on their coverage of events leading up to this massive gift of public funds. Next, Marc Haefele writing for CityWatch hits one of the key reasons (besides the aforementioned gift of public funds) why this project is less than honest as its core - who's going to drive from Santa Monica or Pasadena or Woodland Hills to Downtown to shop at the same Crate and Barrel they can patronize much closer to home?
Steve Lopez has a hard on for deputy mayor for transportation Jamie de la Vega's Hummer. No, its not what you think. For some reason a number of liberals around town think that someone like de la Vega driving a Hummer is akin to Al Gore using an air conditioner. It's been our view that de la Vega has a right to drive whatever damn vehicle he wants. Let's just hope that the Mayor isn't painted into some kind of corner where de la Vega has to give up the Hummer for a Prius and make some silly apology.
And finally, this old, dead Republican mayor has told you of his love-hate relationship with grocery store Trader Joe's. If what LAist reports is true, I'm glad I didn't visit there Sunday afternoon as I planned. There was a virtual run on Blue Fin California Chardonay and Pizza Margherita as our local yuppie scum prepared for Oscar viewing parties (Full disclosure - the old, dead Republican Mayor himself did indeed attend such a party in the People's Republic of Santa Monica of all places. And Mayor Sam happened to best his fellow yuppies in Oscar prediction prowess and took home nearly a C note in prize money. Trader Joe's here I come!)