- Dianne Feinstein will announce her campaign for California Governor in early 2010; Antonio Villaraigosa will announce prior to the March primary he has chosen not to run for Governor. Some will suspect a Villaraigosa-Feinstein deal; if he gets out and she wins, Feinstein will appoint Villaraigosa to her Senate seat.
Still some time left for this to happen but we were dead on about the Mayor not running.
- The LAUSD will teeter seriously close to bankruptcy; the number of charter school starts will increase. Both the LAUSD and the UTLA will play even harder ball to block as many charters as possible
I nailed this one. Even the Socialists agree.
- California's budget and credit crisis will ultimately lead to the loan foreclosure of some major LA Community Redevelopment Agency projects. This will seriously strain agency receipts of tax increment financing leading to a near financial meltdown for the CRA.
The meltdown hasn't happened just yet but could be coming soon.
- The California Supreme Court will declare Proposition 8 unconstitutional; it will eventually get to the US Supreme Court but not until 2010 or 2011.
Wrong on this one, the Court didn't have the guts to do the right thing.
- Racial gang violence in South LA will increase in the new year causing several nights of rioting and warfare, leading President Obama himself to come to LA to negotiate the peace. During the visit he will offer what many perceive as a major snub to Mayor Villaraigosa.
The violence didn't ramp up enough for riots or an Obama intervention but a snub of sorts was offered to Mayor Villaraigosa when a Clowncil committee said that gang programs run out of the Mayor's office should be handed off to an independent agency.
- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will announce he is running for the US Senate Seat occupied by Barbara Boxer.
- Zuma Dogg will receive more votes than Walter Moore in the March primary.
Not even close.
- Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder will announce his office is seeking major indictments against SEIU, starting with Local 721 as the result of a serious investigation into labor union corruption.
Nope. In fact some people think Holder is going the other direction.
- Nick Patsaouras will defeat Wendy Greuel for City Controller.
- Home Depot facing significant revenue losses will install new corporate management who will freeze store expansion plans ultimately putting an end to the retailer's effort to build a store in Sunland-Tujunga by the end of the year.
I think even Joe B was shocked how fast this one came true!
- Former KABC talkshow host Larry Elder will be selected to take over the radio program of the retiring Bill O'Reilly, ironically eventually returning him to the station as his Los Angeles affiliate.
Nope. Nothing as good and in fact it got really bad!
- Patrick Range McDonald of the LA Weekly will win a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting of Mayor Villaraigosa.
Not yet. But the Weekly under the awesome Jill Stewart and with the participation of scribes like McDonald and Daniel Hempiel is pissing off all the right people and has created a job for old chola Marc Cooper funded by the good donors of the University of Southern California.
- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will announce she will challenge incumbent US Senator Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 Republican Primary.
The equally controversial and popular 2008 GOP Vice Presidential candidate made a different and more lucrative career decision.
- District Attorney Steve Cooley will announce a felony indictment of a major Los Angeles elected official on criminal but not corruption charges.
No he's too busy chasing pot smokers with Nuch.
- Educator Louis Pugliese will narrowly defeat San Fernando Mayor Nury Perez for Board of Education.
- Former Presidential candidate John McCain and his wife Cindy will be selected to host a daytime talk show.
This one was a joke.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers will defeat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the World Series, game 6.
Except for some lousy post-season play, this would have happened!
- The US Department of Transportation will place Metrolink into receivership and take over day to day operations following a major investigation that shows serious mismanagement and corruption at the agency.
There's still time!
- Ron Kaye and the SLAP movement will announce the formation of another effort to lead the San Fernando Valley to secede from the San Fernando Valley, however this time it will be a highly coordinated effort with similar communities in the Harbor, Westside and CD14.
Nope. They're too busy chasing pot smokers too.
- The race for the 5th Council District will culminate in a runoff between candidates Paul Koretz and David T. Vahedi and will be so close the election won't be certified for as much as two months after the polling is complete.
Nailed this one except the City Clerk got done faster than I predicted.