Rather than letting architects design buildings and have cops bust the heads of taggers the City Council has done it ass-backwards and passed a law requiring that new homes built in the City of Los Angeles must be covered in a graffitti resistant material such as baked enamel. In referring to the move Clowncilman Bill "Open Shirt" Rosendahl said “Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to spend this much money?” Wish they would ask that all the time!
Not so pleasant Betty Pleasant is at it again. After her wacky theories on the streetcars in LA (an urban myth handily debunked here), that the recent switch to digital television was some sort of Bush Administration conspiracy and her screeds against City Council Member Bernard Parks (the only Council member who attempts to impose some fiscal sanity on the Clowncil) she's back again claiming that a recent LA Times story on a Federal investigation into Parks' former opponent Mark Ridley-Thomas has Parks' "DNA all over it." Of course Betty doesn't tell you that the campaign supporting Ridley-Thomas paid Plesant's newspaper, The Los Angeles Wave, nearly $200,000 for campaign advertising.
Good article in the LA Times deconstructs how out of touch Hollywood is with the rest of LA and America on the Roman Polanski issue. Though some try to make it a political issue those on both the right and the left have condemned Polanski's violent child rape and bringing him to justice. Though its no surprise Woody Allen is on Polanski's side those who have read the gory details in the transcript of the victim's testimony are convinced of the heinousness of Polanski's crimes despite the spin of some in the media.