"Paul Krekorian can breathe easier when you see this photo"
Politics always first:
In Sacramento, Governor Arnold "Kennedy Republican" Schwartzenegger has a decision to make on replacing Lt. Governor John Garamendi, this after Garamendi's win
in the vacant Tenth Congressional District Special Election. Speculation is rampant that none other than "Huggy Boy" and former democratic State Speaker Bob Hertzberg
, is being strongly consider for the now vacant Lt. Governor position. Governor candidate Meg Whitman's spending is causing consternation for some
and another GOP businesswomen, former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina has formally announce her run
for the U.S. Senate this morning at a news conference in Garden Grove. Here is hoping that the "reign of Senator Barbara Boxer" ends in 2010.
Following the money:
Then there is the former "Official State Wine Taster" and when he was not imbibing the "finer ghetto birds of the world", State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. Former Nunez "spincrafter" Steve "Moo Boy" Maviglio remains loyal to his former boss
with this post at Majority Report regarding the FPPC's decision that Nunez's spending excesses were not illegal. But the Los Angeles Times, while agreeing with the FPPC's decision , rains on Nunez' "day of vindication" with this damning editorial
Spinning the selection of the new LAPD Chief:
Here is the spin regarding the selection of Deputy Chief Charlie Beck. From the "Old Gray Westside Hag on Spring Street. Tim Rutten
, the editorial board
, and the newsroom staff
, on the other side of the "mystical wall of separation", penned their respective missives/opinions on the selection of Beck.
Tim Rutten's fellow progressive Celeste Fremon at Witness LA, has great admiration
for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's choice for LA's top cop.
NEWLY nominated LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was reportedly former Chief William Bratton's hand-picked successor. One can only assume he was chosen because Bratton felt Beck was the man best able to continue the transformation of the department.
Amazing how some stumble into the truth on occasions........
....and we end with political innuendos and their "local" consenquences:
Former Assemblyman Michael Duvall of Yorba Linda will not face any federal charges after an FBI investigation into his comments, made over an open microphone, that he had a sexual relationship with a woman who was believed to be a Sempra Energy lobbyist, officials announced Monday
, as the LA Times reports
"This experience has been a professional and personal nightmare. I did nothing whatsoever illegal or unethical with former Assemblyman Duvall or anyone else."
Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, D-Burbank, said Friday that he wants to be "crystal clear" about the committee's legal authority before he throws in the towel on probing Duvall's behavior. Bass quickly ordered the ethics committee to investigate Duvall when the matter surfaced last month (September), but she dropped the idea Friday after state attorneys concluded that Duvall's resignation ended the Assembly's jurisdiction. Bass said the ethics committee should focus now on "additional safeguards" to ensure that future contacts between lawmakers and lobbyists "remain totally aboveboard." Krekorian does not dispute that the Assembly lacks authority to punish a member after resignation. But the ethics committee may want to probe Duvall's behavior, nonetheless, as it devises the safeguards sought by Bass, he said.
"As far as I'm concerned, part of that exploration (of safeguards) will also involve what the limits of our legal authority are to investigate this particular incident," Krekorian said Friday.
Bass has set no deadline for receiving recommendations for new safeguards, Krekorian said.
Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, a Redlands Republican who chairs the committee with Krekorian, characterized the Duvall incident as a "human tragedy" but said he sees no reason to continue pushing for an Assembly investigation.
For Sempra Lobbyist Heidi Barsuglia, it can be said that she was victimize twice in this sad saga. First, by a foul mouth purveyor of sexist, jock talk. Then second, by an overzealous partisan crusader who's sole intent was to maximize the political benefits that could be harvested from this sad affair.
This blogger sole reason for highlighting the above story is as follow, in light of Krekorian's evasive behavior that ran counter to the nervous demeaner exhibited by Chris Essel, during KRLA's Kevin James CD 2 Special Election Debate last Friday. It is paramount that CD 2 Candidate Krekorian's past behavior in his current position as an assemblyman, be noted so that voters can make an inform decision regarding the future of CD 2 and the City of Los Angeles.
Labels: "COUNCILMAN LAST SEEN AS JOSE HUIZAR", 11/3/09 elections, cd2 special election runoff, fabian nunez, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Mayor Antonio Villarigosa, paul krekorian