Deputy Mayor Diego Alvarez will take on a new position one that is charged with bringing light rail closer to LA's airports. First step will be for Alvarez to get the Green Line a few blocks closer to LAX via the new Expo Line however the City Council has asked for a study to bring either the Green or Expo lines actually into the airport. The other task will be to work with the MTA to bring the Gold Line to Ontario Airport.
CurbedLA notes an LA Times report that notes a significant drop in violent and property crimes in LA. Does anyone find this coincidental with the increase in medical marijuana dispensaries in the City? Imagine if we out and out legalized the stuff. I'm just sayin'.
Betty Pleasant not taking a holiday break from running her mouth tries to spin away on her beloved Mark Ridley Thomas' near million dollar office renovation scandal. Ms. Pleasant says the offices are as raggedy as when Kenneth Hahn left them back in 1992. Isn't there an after-Christmas sale Betty can hang out at?
Speaking of the Hahns, here's a fun website for you to check out.
Doug McIntyre pens a good piece for the Daily News. Mayor Villaraigosa said he had a great year. Too bad it sucked for the rest of Los Angeles.
It appears a new end of the year tradition is Time Warner's annual spat (remember last year with Viacom or 2006 and 2007 versus the NFL?) with some provider of programming and threats from both sides that the channels will go dark. Each side attempts to enlist TV viewers as soldiers in the war for one or the other. This year it's TW vs Fox as the two media behemoths tussle over fees as the current agreement expires. As in every year a last minute resolution will occur as TW needs the programming and Fox needs the eyeballs. In the meantime cable companies and television stations will become less and less relevant thanks to broadband based programming sources such as YouTube, uStream, Roku, Hulu and others.
Good tip from our friend Brian Humphrey at the LA Fire Department. Don't be stupid and burn Christmas wrappings nor your Christmas tree in the fire place. Now that the gifts are open it's time to take that tree down. Put it out on your curb (if it won't fit in your green bin) on your regular trash pickup day and the City will collect it for recycling. Or you can take it to any number of drop-off points.