The LA Times opines that with the former LAPD Chief William Bratton, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and City Controller Laura Chick all gone now the real "Villaraigosa Era" begins now at City Hall. With term limits rendering the Mayor a lame duck and nowhere to go but up Villaraigosa may find its now or never to accomplish something and leave a legacy. Hence his push to speed up rail construction. With a controversial City Attorney and a continually dysfunctional City Council the Mayor might just be able to seize an opportunity to lead. Indeed, the Mayor's first big opportunity to have an imprint on City Hall will come Monday when he announces HIS choice for Police Chief.
In the wake of Gavin Newsom's crash and burn, the Times asks if Mayor Villaraigosa should get back into the Governor's race. In an unscientific poll about 70% of Times readers responding say no. Its not going to happen folks. Villaraiogsa is now in full legacy mode; as well too much of the Villaraigosa machine is embedded into Team Moonbeam that a jumping back in would be logistically and politcally tough for the Mayor.
CityWatch is not sure if City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is a clown or a bully or a wolf or their bully or wolf (or their clown or bully or wolf) but its really the SLAP-happy Citybeat readership AKA the AARP that eggs Nuch on to go after stupid crap like pot and billboards. With gang crime and violence (a solemn reminder that its still out there when two men were shot a North Hollywood synagogue last week) plaguing the City its clear that these type of distractions simply must be removed from Nuch's plate. One shot at that comes in the State Legislature actually moving towards legalizing pot. In the meantime City resources are being expended on non-issues like mobile billboards.
Here's something you need to put on your radar. The City Council is considering a plan by Council Member Richard Alarcon to create "banking districts" in Los Angeles. As is usually the case, the plan has a well meaning objective - to get low-income people to use banks. However this plan is a huge invitation to fraud, waste and abuse. Consider five words that are part of the plan: "council district discretionary fund deposits." Uh, yea. We say no to banking districts. There are other less shady ways to reach this goal without giving banks corporate welfare and letting Council Members play with bank funds.
Efforts to implement instant run-off voting in Los Angeles are getting a boost from the candidates running for then open seat in CD2. Both Chris Essel and Paul Krekorian have endorsed the plan.
Yet another water main burst in LA, and one in Orange. Who is keeping track?
And finally remember that Mayor Sam's Sister City - the home of Los Angeles Politics - is indeed the place to get the news before it happens. In case you might have missed it, this blog was the first to break the story that Gavin Newsom would drop out of the Governor's race. Quickly following our post others in the mediasphere ran with it and shortly thereafter we knew it was true. We've developed a great network of insider sources throughout Los Angeles and California without whom we could not bring you the items you read here first often (and it is because of them not me you get this info). There is simply not enough digital ink available to express our gratitude to them but we are so grateful to them. Like I always say, stay tuned, you'll never know what will happen here next.