Busy morning, so if you’re looking for a hotsheet, stick this in the microwave.
First, I’d like to direct your attention to Joseph Mailander’s LA Weekly piece on the first 100 days of LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines. Cortines, of course, has been de facto “in charge” far longer, but with David Brewer out, our recent school board elections, and a state budget battle won by insatiable teacher unions, Joseph’s evaluation is opportune. We hear the catchphrase, “too big to fail” a lot these days. LAUSD is increasingly proven too big to succeed.
Speaking of too big to fail, President Obama continues his presidential procession through Southern California today. He is carefully distancing himself from the AIG bonus fallout, vowing at an Orange County appearance yesterday to fix “the system and culture that made [corporate excesses] possible.” The President didn’t specifically say whether that “system and culture” extends to the “if I only knew then what I know now” mentality that has long plagued Washington, and already shows signs of manifesting within his administration.
Anyway, LAist has a useful rundown of today’s planned street closures, and if that isn’t enough, these guys are planning a protest in front of the AIG building at Constellation and Avenue of the Stars. All I know is, I’m leaving Century City early.