Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday
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Council Members Jose Huizar and Richard Alarcon are proposing an event waiver of $10,000 for an event called "Legalize My Parents." More racial politics above what folks in this city need. John and Ken are you listening?
Watch your wallet! The LA City Council is going to jack up more taxes, uh, I mean "fees."
Looks like Senator Hillary Clinton will get the endorsement of both Mayor Villaraigosa and his potential 2010 Gubernatorial rival, Gavin Newsom. Villaraigosa operative Ace Smith will run Clinton's campaign here in the Golden State.
The Daily News - once a staunch proponent for the San Fernando Valley and breaking up the LA Unified School District - has jumped into bed with Mayor Villaraigosa's plan to take over the district, including it's latest lame component a city "office" of Charter Schools. How about sticking to more police and filling the potholes and leave education to the professionals. LAUSD's problem is not who runs it but its quite simply too big.
It appears that the City of Los Angeles is working to get designer Kelly Wearstler's home office studio kosher with the law. This is a good move. Areas of Los Angeles could benefit in general from more business-friendly policies and in particular designers of all stripes. More design firms could be very beneficial to the city in helping to bring back local high-paying professional jobs lost in the financial sector and corporate headquarters.
An article in the Orange County Register about former KABC broadcaster Kevin James includes a mention of the Sister City and our online petition which has now reached over 500 signatures in support of James' efforts to find a new radio home.
Hundreds of citizens turned out for Richard Alarcon's nighttime Education and Neighborhoods Committe Meeting in Van Nuys last week. The community is split over an enclave of Van Nuys that wants to rename itself "Lake Balboa." Despite the turnout from the community, fellow committee members Jose Huizar and Janice Hahn failed to show up for the meeting. The drive to the Valley must have been too far around.
Bill Boyarsky writes an article for the Jewish Journal that is at best silly and at worst, racist. Boyarsky recalls liberal mostly senior, Jewish activists of 30 years ago who fought for rent control. With condo conversions rampant, Boyarsky posits that the current generation of mostly aged Jewish activists could give real firepower to Latino immigrants who want to fight for a government guarantee of housing. This is just silly because the Jewish community is not monolithic - many young Jewish families would benefit from the affordable housing many condo conversions would bring and many real estate developers happen to be Jewish themselves. This is just racist because Boyarsky implies until the good Jews come to town, Latino immigrants are SOL.