Another endorsment for Carmen Trutanich as the Metropolitan News-Enterprise throws it's support behind him for City Attorney. The MNE says LA hasn't had a decent City Attorney since the days of Burt Pines who helmed the office during the first two terms of Mayor Bradley, going back nearly 30 years. The paper posits that if Jack Weiss were elected "it is unlikely there would be a change in the office for the better," and that Trutanich would perform "the job with distinction."
Here's an idea that will make the anti-billboard wackos toss their cookies: State Senator Roderick Wright wants to turn over electric signage on California's freeways to private companies who would display Amber Alerts, traffic notices and advertisements. In my view this is a dumb and potentially dangerous idea - and the signs are on public property hence it is up to government to dedcide. Speaking of billboard wackos, chief wacko himself Dennis Hathaway - who apparently sees the signs as a greater threat than gang violence, fast food or plastic shopping bags - wants you to decide on the billboard issue. He's asked me to post one of his most recent screeds for your perusal. And to be fair here is a pro-signage analysis by an architect as well as poll results that show that most average folks don't give two twits about billboards.
The state is broke and Arnold has shady tax increases on the ballot but that doesn't stop Assembly Speaker Karen Bass from offering pay raises to her staff. Capitol Weekly notes that Bass' chief of staff Nolice Edwards who was making $140,000 a year is now earning nearly $200,000 annually. How many of you pull down that kind of dough?