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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday Spin



Now this is fascinating: the DWP has hired JPL consultants to determine if seismic activity has caused all the water main ruptures. And yet JPL admits they don't have measurements going back long enough to determine if any recent seismic shifts are aberrations. And then the DWP turns around and says, "the city's 7,200 miles of pipe aren't actually leaking more than usual -- in fact, the number of leaks, about 1,400 a year, is down from the past and represents a lower rate per mile of pipe than in other cities." Of course! That's why Freeman needs to bring in a couple of chronic rainmaker scientists at JPL--because nothing unusual is going on.

One thing JPL knows how to do: spend money. They are famous for it. But do you see a single dollar sign in that story? Of course not. Free publicity almost never includes a dollar sign. Would it have been too much to ask how much this is going to cost?

(Speaking of pressers, the LAUSD actually embargoed a press release yesterday for an event today. What on earth for? Because the press office won't work Saturdays? The school in question has already been open for a month.)

It's better on the inside of the paper: Richard Nemec, a hydro-trade writer after my own heart, on the Times Saturday op-ed page notes all the recent peculiarities surrounding the DWP appointment of Freeman: for instance, "Its oversight board called a special meeting Tuesday to deal with the changes, but held it in a Boyle Heights youth center away from the customary downtown boardroom. Although such meetings are public, they are usually also accessible through a teleconferencing hookup, but there was no such link this time." It was Riordan who first made the top DWP job a plum-picker rather than a public servant. It is indeed, as Neme says, time for LA to stop giving this job to fundraisers and political allies and look to real experts in the field. Our system is at risk; we were even obliged to close down a reservoir for carcinogenic contamination a year and a half ago. Freeman may qualify as both plum-picker and public servant now but his skill set may not be up to snuff with the new Department.

Your Saturday morning should include something about the DA's office choosing not to persecute Building and Safety's GM Andrew Adelman. But I'm guessing you already know that. Those theorists who said more recent rape case prosecution would suffer because of the resources the DA is obliged to devote to the thirty-two-year-old Polanski case may have had some merit after all.

Media corner: yes, it would seem the former fishwrap of record is ripe for criticism of local news coverage, printing DWP pressers in the middle of a crisis and settling for what UCLA and LAPD tell them in the bizarre UCLA slashing case. But instead, there are some old men around town teeing off again at the LA Weekly and especially at women with print jobs. I won't link to those stories nor name names because these guys simply grind old axes ad inf. and they've finally arrived at their own velvet coffins of choice. But you would think former scribes whose day jobs now are devoted to burying unseemly publicity about universities would actually root for people still practicing real journalism every now and then.

7 Comments:

Blogger Jennerjahn is a Simpleton said:

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October 10, 2009 8:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Building & Safety GM Andrew Adleman not guilty. "theorists who said more recent rape case prosecution would suffer because of the resources the DA is obliged to devote to the thirty-two-year-old Polanski case may have had some merit after all."
How about those inconvenient truths about the cab driver and video tape of 'victim' that show her NOT to be drugged or drunk?
Real story, as we all know, is that Adleman stood in the way of the Mayor's desire to allow Staples Center to get more digital billboards in violation of the ban.
Wake up and smell the corruption.

October 10, 2009 9:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

October 10, 2009 9:22 AM-I concur.

Now, if someone could find a link to the set up (accuser and mayor, accuser and CA, etc) that would be quite interesting.

October 10, 2009 7:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:22 = the Trutanich Troll

October 10, 2009 10:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, 9:22am thank you. And, WHY was the Mayor's Office working alongside the LAPD the whole time when the case was presented to the DA? Adelman had already been forced out of his job at that point, so why the Mayor's Office involvement alongside the LAPD????? Oh, that's right, Mr. Adelman doesn't speak _______ or bow to the lazy-a$$, good for nothing civil servants. Arrogant sh#ts at the Mayor's Office. Think they know everything on their minimum wage salary. Not very nice people over there, and it starts FROM THE TOP DOWN. You better wear a y_______ or a p_______ or you are screwed. Hope Mr. Adelman laughs his way to the bank on this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't f**k with him, he has been making a list and checking it twice. Payback time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 10, 2009 11:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:45pm = Weisshole. Can't get over the fact that their guy lost. Those poor sorry bastards clinging to their Anti-NRA flyers, Rape-Kit phony fundraisers, and green energy crap.

October 10, 2009 11:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is not what it seems. In 1909, it was about WATER, in 2009 it is about BILLBOARDS!! HAS anyone seen the movies CHINATOWN or LA CONFIDENTIAL? Any obsticle is being removed, if not by convetional methods, by any means necessary.

October 11, 2009 1:42 PM  

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