Animal welfare supporters recently got an email blast from CD2 Candidate Chris Essel where she praises herself as an animal lover and supporter. The piece even goes as far as to show Essel walking a dog at Lake Balboa (yea right people who live in Doheny Estates in CD5 go to Van Nuys to walk their dog). The rub however, from animal rights workers we spoke to, is that Essel has no demonstrated record of advocacy on animal issues. On the other hand her opponent Paul Krekorian was endorsed by The League of Humane voters for actual legislative work on behalf of animals.
Mayoral cousin and freshman Assemblyman John Perez is on his way to becoming California's first openly gay Speaker of the Assembly. Of course we told you this would happen. Though Assemblyman Kevin DeLeon thinks he still has a shot its pretty much all she wrote for Perez as outgoing Speaker Karen Bass has officially annointed the Villaraigosa primo.
Speaking of the Perez ascendancy tongues are wagging in Democratic circles that "One Bill" State Senator Gil Cedillo, soon to be termed out, is considering running against Perez in the primary whether Perez is Speaker or not. The effect of this, some insiders say, is that Perez will have to divert campaign funds to his own effort that would otherwise go towards competitive races in other district and open up the chance for Republican gains in the Assembly, or at least put to rest Perez's plans for a liberal supermajority. Go Gil!
Government services are being cut back and the King-Drew Medical Center had to close but that doesn't mean Mark "Curly" Ridley-Thomas doesn't get to rennovate his office. The County Supervisor spent $700K of your tax dollars to re-decorate his downtown office. Ridley-Thomas justified the move by saying "We deserve to have a decent environment." I am sure Betty Pleasant will blame this on Bernard Parks.
Found a fun new blog called "Mayor Villaraigosa Publicity Whore" with a whole set of fun pictures featuring the Mayor in his 89% time. The photo at the top of the post is from the blog too. Keep up the good work!