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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Wednesday

The DWP has been caught ripping off a number of other government agencies, overcharging the likes of the LAUSD, the County of LA and others.  The utility has agreed to pay out a $160million settlement to the county, local schools, community colleges and the MTA to settle a court case brought by the agencies.   Eric R. Havian, whose law firm sued the DWP in 2000, called the money "much-needed."

The battle over same-sex marriage in California, Proposition 8 on next week's ballot, has generated nearly $60 million in contributions for both side. The Mormon Church as well the Catholic all-male fraternity, The Knights of Columbus are among the major contributors to the Yes on 8 campaign which would outlaw gay marriage.  In a related story, controversial former Silver Lake Neighborhood  Council member Jason Lyon, who is openly gay and married his partner recently, writes in CityWatch that the battle over 8 is "whether real people, real Californians like me and my family, will be stripped of a fundamental right."

Major controversy over the refusal of the LA Times to release a video tape showing Barack Obama describe his friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a controversial Palestinian-American activist who makes frequent criticism of Israel. In the video at a Chicago luncheon honoring Khalidi, Obama allegedly described frequent discussions the pair have had around Khalidi's "dinner table."  The McCain campaign has asked the LA Obama Times to release the video but so far the paper declines.

In case you were wondering if television producers have run out of ideas for TV shows, they have.  MTV reports that HBO is working to sign Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton to star in a new sitcom about three housemates trying to make it big in Hollywood.  No word if LAPD Chief Bill Bratton or Council Member Dennis Zine will make cameos.

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Blogger Heather said:

Calling out Red Spot 14 and Zuma Dogg. What the hell is this shit??? Looks like Sleazy Huizy is allowing the CLARKS Fund that is only for CD14 to be put in the General Fund? Look at today's agenda item 40 and tell me if this is some sneaky shit?

Item 40--08-1665
Continued consideration of Communication from the city attorney and ordinance first consideration relative to the amendment of the Los Angles Administrative to add to the purposes and expenditures from the Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station (CLARTS) Trust Fund and retain monies not expended within any fiscal year within the fund.

October 29, 2008 6:38 AM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

The McCain camp seems to need help when it comes to research their own candidate:

Re: Khalidi, the Huffington Post reports that during the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank.

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

October 29, 2008 8:59 AM  

Blogger Maxima10 said:

Florida declares emergency, extends early voting hours.



I guess the people in Florida remember the "Hanging Chads" from the last presidential election.

Who are most of these early voters?

October 29, 2008 9:16 AM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

Got to like Flordia's Republican governor for extending the voting time from 8 to 12 hours, despite that fact that this would likely hurt the Republican strategy to keep the number of voters low. He cited the use of new voting machines and the large number of new voters.

October 29, 2008 7:34 PM  

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