Another photo-op and 89% time for Mayor Villaraigosa: He was out with a group of celebrity chefs encouraging Angelenos to dine-out more often. Wonder how that extends to the thousands of city workers who will soon be laid off due to the Mayor's overspending in his first term?
Law enforcement authorities recyently raided two homes owned by State Senator Roderick Wright as part of an LA County District Attorney investigation into his legal residency. However it may not have any impact as experts say that state law does not require state legislators to actually live in their district once they are elected. Further, even if the District Attorney is able to prosecute Wright it will be up to the Legislature itself to actually remove Wright.
The Latino Politics Blog once again on the story when it comes to controversial Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. This time it concerns the case of a former aide to Sanchez who recently received probation after pleading guilty to theft charges. Caroline Valdez admitted to stealing office funds as well as forging Sanchez's signature for a bonus. Interesting however it the blogs take on the position. Adriana Maestas sees Valdez as a victim of Sanchez who plucked Valdez out of ASU prior to graduation, introducing her into the pressure cooker of Washington, DC on a $30K annual salary. That may be true but nonetheless Valdez is an adult and should know the difference between right and wrong no matter how grim and unfortuante her circumstances. Plenty of other young people do.
And finally, a public service note. The LA Fire Department is encouraging parents to make sure televisions and other appliances are properly secured as to avoid injury to their children. According to the LAFD blog "Thousands of preventable injuries - including more than a dozen deaths, occur each year when children climb, fall against or pull themselves onto "unsecured" furnishings, often in an attempt to access a television or other heavy appliance."