Friday Morning Hotsheet
Stand taller, America. Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
Not content with sparing Switzerland from a dangerous 76-year-old predator, persistently Republican DA Steve Cooley declared yesterday that all medical marijuana dispensaries in LA County, including 800 in the City of LA, are illegal, and that he's going to prosecute even the LA potposts. Persistently Republican City Attorney Carmen Trutanich stands nearby with pompoms.
Smell of a land grab? In his own words, former Vogel Flats community resident James Marquiss (who lost his home and his possessions in the Station Fire) tells Supervisor Antonovich's office:
There is a rumor going around that the Forest Service let the Station Fire burn our canyon in order to remove the pesky Land Lease people.Marquiss also says that the Forest Service decided to not let Edison replace key power lines, but won't offer a compelling reason.
It's a rumor that can't immediately be dismissed because in my neighborhood the only effort to fight the fire was a defense of the ranger station itself (which they saved). Other than that, there was no effort to stop or fight the fire - No air support, No Hot Shots, No dozers, No crews on the ground.
When a Councilmember misappropriates funds, that's community redevelopment. When a Neighborhood Council president misappropriates funds, that's called a felony. The LA Times features the story of James Tyrell Harris, careful even to include his middle name, the way they do for assassins. (Bet you don't know your Councilmember's middle name, as they generally keep it from you, even in their biographies--but José Luis Huizar is an exception). Mr. Harris has a previous record, which the fishwrap is careful to note as well. He's accused of misappropriating $85,000, which wouldn't even provide for a third of a new affordable housing unit--though it would provide eleven homeless families with $600 rent vouchers for a year.
Eighty-five K would not keep an out-of-town developer going for even two days. But the Weekly says that Phil Anschutz's hotel projects are bed-tax-exempt until 2034--when Anschutz will be 94.
Just yesterday, yours truly mentioned the Love Ride. And just yesterday, the Love Ride, slated for October 25 this year, was scuttled, the Daily News reports. The event needs to raise $500,000 for permit fees and is not coming close this year. Maybe today I should mention the DWP Holiday Light Festival in Griffith Park.
Culture-war roundheads masquerading as freedom fighters are promoting a film that celebrates "intelligent design" and calls Darwin into question. That film was going to be screened at the California Science Center next month but the screening was cancelled. The Center won't discuss the cancellation, but the rumor is that when the freedom fighters went too far with claims in their marketing material, the Center scuttled the screening. Via the Daily News. The group calls itself "apolitical" but calls "radical environmentalism" a threat to western civ, as well as Islam.
The media seem to have missed the fact that Rick Santorum has been coming to town a lot lately, crusading for right to life. Spotted in Pasadena yesterday.
A male UCLA student stabbed a co-ed yesterday. The crime scene was described as gruesome, brutal. From the taser to the slashing, UCLA continues to be a bad news factory in the era of Chancellor Block, who put up a statement at Facebook and at his University webpage.
Dodgers, Angels win, the Dodgers in an unlikely way: a costly two-out error in the ninth by St. Louis outfielder Matt Holiday opens the door. At the self-involved former fishwrap of record, TJ Simers takes Steve Lopez to task for Lopez's inane column about giving away his World Series tickets.