Afternoon on the Terrace
This story hasn't hit LA, but it may yet: China drywall can cause health problems. So-called "toxic drywall" hit the elite fishwrap of record two days ago, and today a Congressman from Virginia asked for mortage lenders for forebearance for toxic drywall-related foreclosures. Sulfured finishes appear to be the culprit in perhaps thousands of illness claims.
Speaking of shoddy construction, at the Hollywood Roosevelt this evening, Mr. President Eric Garcetti is accepting a trinket of appreciation from Southland Social (the social arm of Enterprise Southern California) for "Strengthening Communities through Housing Solutions." Garcetti's Council District is now almost 90% renters, so he's strengthened it all right. The evening's other big winner? "JPMorgan Chase & Co." That sounds about right. The Mayor got social with the government-money developers' group last year. If you want to know who "Southland Social" is, open that last pdf link.
The Mayor, btw, is marking his second term by speaking more Spanish and mobilizing more on behalf of disenfranchized Latinos. Tomorrow, he'll be speaking Spanish in a short segment at Azteca America's “Issues: Caras y Voces” with Armando Guzmán, and you can click through for the segment now. The presser notes: "As a student activist and labor organizer, Mayor Villaraigosa has a long history of community organizing, skills that have served him well in the sphere of Los Angeles politics. Although he has declined a run for the 2010 California gubernatorial election, there’s no ruling him out for 2014 and the platform of Los Angeles is also an interest gateway onto the national political scene."
El Alcalde also recently helped launch “ya es hora, ¡HÁGASE CONTAR!” (It’s time, make yourself count!), an effort to make sure every Latino is counted and every Latino counts in the upcoming US census.