Thursday Morning Hotsheet
You probably weren't invited, but if you have an appointment on or near Grand downtown, be advised that while the local publicity bonfire known as the LA Philharmonic is blazing for a new maestro, Gustavo Dudamel, Grand Avenue at the Disney Hall has been closed since Tuesday and will be until Friday morning. Tonight's gala, at which 3,000 of LA's most beautiful elitist liberals will be pretending to care about classical music, will be redolent of the opening of the Disney Hall's itself, complete with specially commissioned John Adams piece and post-concert dining in the middle of Grand. It looks like some kind of South American birdie has been erected in the dining area. This all makes the Mayor's second inaugural rather tepid by comparison; but conductors don't have term limits.
Even after admitting she hasn't voted much, eMeg remains in a virtual tie with Tom Campbell for the GOP nomination for Governor among party faithful, according to a Field poll reported in the Sacto Bee. Brown has a commanding lead over Newsom, especially among bluehaired Democrats who aren't very likely to change their minds between now and the primary. Brown's numbers are an improvement over the last poll.
Maybe Neighborhood Council types should take a cue from the California Latino Water Coalition, which is becoming a force in State water politics. The group has the Governor's ear. It especially watches lobbyist lists, and and figures out from that kind of public info who might be gaming the State. Food and transportation are also cited as key organizing elements. So to those of you who doubt Phil's reporting of what people eat: food matters.
Yesterday after a two year effort the Feds shook down an international criminal ring of financial services cyber hackers. Operation Phish Phry, which included arrests in the US and Egypt, was apparently well represented by the LA FBI office, which issued the presser, and local US Attorney George Cardona secured the indictments.
Somehow LA County found a way to settle with 90,000 union workers, well over half in the SEIU, in a way that hurts neither County nor unions. Why is County collective bargaining historically more peaceful than the city? More shrewdness on both sides: the Daily News notes that intangibles like better job security and a few extended benefits were discussed and settled on: things that don't cost a whole lot of money in a notoriously failing economy. Conversely when unions deal with the City, the City officials often lead with acrimony, and the City's union reps return fire in kind with pie in the sky demands and footstomping.
If you thought Mayor Tony was talentless at finding personnel interested in LA careers, get set for the City of San Fernando, which is now without four of its top administrative positions in six months. "Transition happens," Mayor Steve Veres tells a fishwrap.
Coming just in time for the Love Ride is an effort by LAPD to curtail reckless motorcycle driving.
It's not uncommon to curry favor with a departing executive who knows where organizational bodies are buried by handing him some departing favors. David Nahai's departure is of enough significance that even the editorial scribes at the former fishwrap of record took note of it the other day. Of course, they got nearly everything wrong. But they tried!