Hump Day Hotsheet
The Dow plunged 504 points Monday, but the show went on last night at Greystone Mansion. The Times described Barack Obama’s $28,500-per-head Beverly Hills fundraiser as “fraught with risk,” as organizers took measures to keep the event private. I googled — and even checked the official Obama blog — but came up empty-handed on the dinner and wine lists. Kevin Roderick received a few text message reports from the the scene of the $2,500 after party; one complaining about waiting an hour-and-a-half for the event to start; another one quoting Barbra Steisand complaining about the camera phones, “I thought there was to be no media tonight.”
Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel introduced a motion yesterday, urging the feds to implement long-overdue train safety systems that have the ability to override engineers in emergency situations. Meanwhile, NTSB investigators revealed that the Metrolink train’s emergency brake was not engaged in the seconds before Friday’s collision, prompting speculation that engineer Robert Sanchez may have suffered a stroke or heart attack.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to veto a budget passed by the Legislature yesterday, describing it as “fiscally irresponsible” and a “get-out-of-town budget.” Indeed, Republican lawmakers want just as a badly as Democrats to get back to their districts, and the comprise budget, no matter how fundamentally flawed, contains no new taxes. Schwarzenegger’s proposal may be the most fiscally responsible, but after five years, his credibility is shot — plus, no one is fooled by temporary tax increases.
After a 15,000 hour investigation, Chief William Bratton recommends terminating four officers and disciplining 11 others for their parts in the 2007 May Day Melee. The officers at risk of losing their jobs can now appear before a “military-style” panel consisting of one civilian and two high-ranking officers to contest the recommendations. The ACLU is dissatisfied with Bratton’s recommendations and wants an inquiry into LAPD training practices.