Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Sunday
One of our tipsters tells us that LA City Planning Department Director Gail Goldberg and her chief zoning investigator Michael Logrande allegedely hook up regularly at a downtown watering hole to "talk shop and drink beer." According to the anonymous source, "Gail likes her beer!"
Greg Nelson proposes that the City could do well to lease out LAX. A number of cities worldwide have either leased out or privatized their airport. Chicago is about to do the same with Midway Airport. Nelson estimates that leasing the airport could generate $100 million a year in new revenue. He urges Neighborhood Councils to study the idea and urge the City Council to consider it.
I thought this was a piece from five or ten years ago but a Daily News editorial for Sunday accuses the Mayor and City Council of having "spent the city to the brink of insolvency even as they have jacked up taxes, fees and rates at every turn." They then follow up with a litany of everything we'd all agree is wrong with the City. Question now is, what are we going to do about it?
Post-mortem on the end of the Fabian Nunez era in the California Assembly. Nunez was successful in turning his Assembly Speaker post over to his hand picked successor, Karen Bass, but his immediate future appears uncertain. Perhaps Mirthala will be waiting by the phone.
LA's Homeless Blog takes issue with a silly notion by Christopher Hawthorne in the Fishwrap of Record that Mayor Villaraigosa heads up a "world class city" such as London, New York or Shanghai. The Homeless Blog rightly makes the case that a city like Los Angeles - with a significant and unaddressed homeless problem - is more of a third world city.
Did you know a number of tunnels run under downtown, connecting various government office buildings?