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Friday, March 14, 2008

Wild West Side

JM, Westside Woody 2008, 3.14.08

Joseph Mailander
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Things slip through the cracks on the westside...

Ron Galperin, runing for Weiss's Council District 5 spot, leads former Assemblyman Paul Koretz by over two-to-one in fundraising to-date. There's only a year to go in this election...

When downtown LA pols talk affordable housing, they generally talk about slush funds for developers and contractors. They don't talk so much the simple math of Section 8 and conversion, which costs the taxpayers far less. And then there's developer Greg Pearlman, who Westside Today featured last week. Pearlman's company has 12,000 Section 8 units, and hopes to go to 20,000. The taxpayer's bang-to-buck ratio looks pretty good on Pearlman projects, unlike the ratios that come out of the Mayor's office's projects.

And watch the Westside Today family for increasing expressions of disenchantment with the Mayor. They were recently given a big boost by a group that included Steve Soboroff. When Dick Riordan went on KFI last night, broadsiding the Mayor, it wasn't just the usual Riordan open-mouth-insert-foot performance. It was more calculated than that, and there are rumbles that Riordan, Soboroff, Wardlow, and Broad are all ditching the Mayor and looking for a new, er, white knight who can restore some reality to the City and local politics. Match that with Soboroff's investment in Westside Today and you're watching early 2009 unfold in early 2008.

Postscript: Coming home from the Westside, 3:30 p.m.---I don't know how you people put up with that. Venice is now the worst coordinated east-west street in LA, and that is saying very much. Trying to book north, I guess Rimpau is the new Highland---but only up to 3rd. Thanks, Steve, thanks Dick, thanks Tony, thanks Gloria!

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Never Steve Soboroff. I will do anything I have to - whatever that is, to prevent that from happening.

Steve-the brains behind Playa Vista. No way in hell.

March 14, 2008 3:47 PM  

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March 14, 2008 5:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hadn't seen that video yet. Whoosh. Republicans have been doing it for years, but it's so sad to see secular politics from the pulpit.

March 14, 2008 6:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Galperin is a total unknown, maybe why Koretz hasn't bothered to raise money or make much effort so far. Galperin serves on an NC that's one of those where meeting attract no one other than the Board members themselves, literally, so of course he has to start from scratch to meet people. Saying he reps an NC that is supposed to serve such a big area sounds good, though.

He may be okay though, and claims to have other community activity, but can he handle himself against the sharks on the City Council?

Good intentions go only so far -- even Feuer did poorly for his district because he couldn't form coalitions. Which isn't easy, with all the Hispanics and blacks whose aims are often directly opposed to what the westsiders want: e.g., the density and parking issues. And hitting homeowners with all kinds of taxes -- with westsiders havingthe priciest real estate in the city and among the country, and large percentage of homeowners, they're always hardest hit and getting mad.

March 14, 2008 6:10 PM  

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