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JM, One Less Car: Jonathan at Jan's, Beverly Blvd., 12.24.07
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Note to all the dum dudes: County Sheriffs are setting up more DUI checkpoints real soon. Sheriff checkpoints: that has Rosecrans written all over it. Call a taxi, and not just next Monday night.
Checkpoints aren't a worry for Will Campbell, who dutifully chronicles every bike ride he takes. Total mileage for the year 2007: 3007. Thus far.
Noted: The Big Dig, officially wrapping up this week as the most notoriously bloated construction deal in US history, cost $14.8 billion; the LAUSD capital building campaign, wrapping up maybe in 2012, when there will be far fewer students in LAUSD than there are now, will cost $20 billion.
Further noted...The LA Weekly reported two weeks ago that gangs were "more brutal than ever", but other fishwraps report that homicides are down in 2007, and on track for a forty-year low.
You may have missed it yesterday, but as MayorSam says below, the Feds are giving LA homeless money that they had denied to them earlier. The Mayor's office, of course, spins it as a "watershed moment" in ending homelessness, even though it doesn't pencil out to putting a 1/100th dent in it. I guess he means it the way there's a "watershed moment" in a football game when a quarterback falls on his own fumble.
Party like it's 1985: the 22-3 Celtics are for real, but are the Lakers? Now 18-10, a scant two games off the top spot in their conference, J.A. Andade says yes.