With a partial payment contributed by AEG for some of the expenses of the Michael Jackson funeral the company is poised to contribute more if City Attorney Carmen Trutanich will "prove it or drop it" when it comes to criminal charges Trutanich claims could stem from the event. Friday, the City Council instructed the City Attorney to find a quick resolution. In the meantime blogger Phil Jennerjahn is reporting that Trutanich's recent hospitalization may have been more serious than initially reported. Sources tell Jennerjahn that the City Attorney "could have died and that his vital signs while at the hospital were all over the place."
Now that the City Council isn't going to have the "Queen of Runaway" production on board looks like there may be efforts underway to promote filming in Los Angeles. Councilman Richard Alarcon is proposing the City establish a film commission similar to those of other local municipalities. Alarcon tells the Daily News' Rick Orlov "We don't really have anyone speaking up for the city and who can explain why this is so important for us." Great idea but what took so long?
The Mayor is out of town again. This guy puts the real Mayor Sam to shame.
Various items of note when it comes to local transit. Beleagured Metrolink CEO David Solow has stepped down and ironically assigned to a new position overseeing safety issues. In the meantime the commuter rail agency is proposing cutting 50 lines.
On the MTA side of the house the MTA has chosen light rail for Crenshaw Blvd. and its yet another line that gets within spitting distance of LAX but not close enough for folks to really take transit to the airport. In the meantime Metro moves closer to extending the Green Line a few miles into Torrance but it would not be complete until 2035. Lastly the agency has added an additional express line from the North Hollywood Metro Station to the Van Nuys Orange Line station. This is partially because the Orange Line does not connect directly to the North Hollywood station forcing riders to cross Lankershim Boulevard to connect. Wow, didn't someone think of that before?