If you think being an elected in LA is the way to cash in; you're better off however serving as a former department head. Rich Connell writing in the LA Times catalogs the former LA city general managers who are earning lifetime six figure pensions. Former DWP General Manager Ron Deaton, for example, pulls in over $325,000 a year. However you're even better off if you're a former Chief of Police AND a City Councilmember, Bernard Parks is paid $265,000 a year on top of his $180,000 Clowncil salary. That means Bitter Bernie is pulling in more per year than President Obama. Wow! No wonder these people work so hard to get elected!
Ginny Here and There reports that two LAPD Central Division officers roughed up a board member of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council who is a homeless activist who works with the LAPD on homeless issues. General Jeff was holding court and lecturing to stakeholders on the street when the officers jumped out of their vehicle, threw Jeff against the wall and handcuffed him. Apparently this flies in the face of Jeff's efforts to gain trust amongst the local community for the police and ensure them that the days of harrassment were over. Maybe we need to hold back on some of the praise for Bill Bratton.
Some folks are thinking that LA Live, our version of Times Square, is looking pretty ugly. CurbedLA describes the multi-million dollar government funded tourist attraction's design scheme as "1983 Tuscon, Arizona mall." Ouch!
Atwater Village Newbie has discovered an establishment that is serving up a hemp enhanced taste treat. This time however it's not a medical marijuana dispensary but The Yoga Lab, a Glendale Blvd. yoga studio, health store and smoothie bar. Yoga Lab is now dispensing "iced hemapcinos" made with purified water, herbal organic coffee, vanilla hemp milk and agave. Drink up!
According to Franklin Avenue long time all newser KFWB is changing its format since abandoning "color radio" and rock & roll for the news. Starting this fall the station will build a talk offering anchored around longtime radio shrinker Dr. Laura Schlesinger who is bolting from KFI after a couple decades. One promising point is that KFWB will offer local talk programs both in the morning and afternoon drive slots; something that will hopefully prompt KABC to drop New York based talker Mark Levin and opt for local programming.
Zuma Dogg reports that a documentary filmmaker is interested in lensing the legendary local activist's life. According to LA Daily Blog the project is not a reality show as some had expected but a theatrical release documentary film. Principal photography may start this week.