Over at Village to Village Paul Hatfield recounts the tale of how Planning Department head Gail "Can I get one of the new Google phones with the free GPS?" Goldberg is playing games with the stakeholders. The State Legislature has passed legislation around so-called "Granny Flats" but unlike cities such as Pasadena and others Los Angeles has failed to introduce an implementation ordinance to keep the matter in check. Goldberg, who is alleged to like a good brew, has a good excuse: too many staffers have retired to even write a bill. Rich.
Some employees of the Los Angeles Department of World Airports may be in big trouble. A Los Angeles Times investigation alleges that several staffers may have accepted lavish free trips abroad paid for by LAX Terminal Equity Corp., a company that represents various foreign carriers at LAX. According to an anonymous source the trips were reported by a staffer disgruntled that they were not selected to go on the trips.
Paul Krekorian was elected to the 2nd District Council Seat in a huge landslide nearly three weeks ago but he's going to have to wait until after the Rose Bowl game is played to be sworn in. The Los Angeles City Council couldn't get around to certifying Krekorian's election before they left town for their annual Christmas break. Krekorian, trying to get a jump on things and open up for business, found that he couldn't even get his name on the office door until the Clowncil gets back. Welcome to the dysfunctional world of City Hall, Paul!
Is this a sign of things to come from the administration of City Attorney Carmen Trutanich? Blogger Mulholland Terrace at one of LA's hottest new blogs, Griffith Park Wayist, was threatened by Trutanich pitbull Jane Usher because Mulholland refered to an LA Times commenter who speculated that the City Attorney's recent serious medical troubles were the result of binge drinking. If Usher and Trutanich are seeking to threaten bloggers they don't like they better guess again. That will not go down without a fight. They know better; particularly in light of the fact that the John Shallman run Trutanich campaign was none too happy to use local blogs in their efforts to attack Jack Weiss when he ran against Trutanich.
Some light may be shed on child molestation allegations made against deceased pop star Michael Jackson when over 300 previously classified files on Jackson's cases from 1993 to 2004 will be released Monday. It is not known if the files contain any evidence previously unknown however some of the material will relate to the case of Jordy Chandler, who Jackson was accused of sleeping with on at least 60 occasions and whom refused to testify in the case against Jackson following a $25 million settlement with the Chandler family. Then District Attorney Gil Garcetti, not having the participation of the alleged victim, chose not to prosecute but was willing to re-consider had further evidence come forward.
Some stories you may have missed over the weekend while you were guzzling egg nog or shopping for gifts. LA's new bike czar may be in trouble for half-assed work but more so for making what some folks perceive to be racially tinged comments. Council President Eric Garcetti is looking for The Grinch. And Mayor Sam's own Red Spot is looking to name the Ass Clown of the Year for 2009.
And finally for your consideration please vote for Mayor Sam as the best political blog at the LA Weekly's 2009 Web Awards. There are other categories you may wish to vote in such as best Twitterer (I voted for LAist's Zach Behrens) or LA's most shameless self promoter (so many choices there!).