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Yesterday, Citybeat went strongly against Prop 13, after 30 years. The pub blamed most everything wrong with the State on Howard Jarvis's crowning moment. You may have noted how Citybeat has leaned moderately libertarian through its history; this was a departure. Prop 13 was a pure libertarian revolt, and Citybeat threw many scribes against it to villify it beyond redemption. The plight of County libraries is perhaps a yawner for the general public, and education is overdone, but the best piece, for my money, was Andy Klein's Prop 13 tie-in to the film Network.
It was a surprising day for the weeklies, in fact. After a long disappearance, the LA Weekly returned to the daring practice of looking at the City with a modicum of scrutiny. This time, throwing shade on liberals like Jackie Goldberg, they turned their sights on the LAFD's women firefighters' recruiting program. They called it a boondoggle and a waste of millions.
"Just 27 women are actually fighting Los Angeles fires. The number is staggering in its shock value." We'll hopefully see how PR superstar Brian Humphries deals with the story first-hand.
LACMA raided by G-Men! The Pacific Asia Museum too. You can bet most people in the trade are thinking, "It's too bad the Getty wasn't involved..."
Skid Row is so sufficiently gentrified that transients are no longer the main tenants of the transient hotels, which are themselves no longer transient, the Times says. You'll know it as Central City East yet. What happened to that conversion moratorium? My guess is that it was enforced highly selectively, even floor-by-floor, before it expired peacefully.
There was tough talk from the Daily News's editorial column on Wednesday: "City Hall's record is clear: Our officials are only interested in filling the city's treasury with more money so they can reward the unions, developers, contractors and other special interests that keep them in their privileged positions." The editorial was on the potential power of neighborhood councils.