The Times recaps the staffing changes Antonio Villaraigosa has made within the Mayor's office since winning re-election to a second term. Realizing he's frittered away most of his time as Mayor Villaraigosa wants to leave a legacy and has made major team changes throwing out deadwood and reassigning his performers to key areas of responsibility over his agenda items, such as moving former Burbank City Manager Bud Ovrom to head up the Department of Building and Safety. Most telling of the personnel move was the dismissal of Community Redevelopment Agency head Cecilia Estolano who refused to adhere to a Mayoral directive to move the CRA's headquarters to less pricier digs and save the City some dough. According to The Times Estolano told the Mayor she'd rather resign than move to a downscale building the Mayor had in mind, telling a Villaraigosa aide "The mayor may want to know that he will lose the CEO of his CRA/LA over this."
In case you were speculating about what mystery illness City Attorney Carmen "The Clown" Trutanich had over Thanksgiving weekend the Times reports it was an attack of gallstone pancreatitis. Nuch tells the fishwrap he's going to have his gall bladder taken out. Might as well as it appears just as his mentor Steve Cooley, Trutanich had his testicles removed when it comes to prosecuting public corruption.
Curbed LA asks if New York has far more tourists visiting it than Los Angeles, why does Los Angeles have so many tour buses. Gee, this is something I've sat up nights wondering myself.
Don't you get sick of these celebrities who moralize about what we must do for the planet except when it comes to their lives. For example political scion Robert Kennedy, Jr. who promotes anti-global warming schemes like Cap and Tax but has a carbon footprint the size of Texas from flying private jets and opposes wind power when it is in view of the Kennedy Family Compound in New England. The latest is U2 guitarist "The Edge" who lectures on environmentalism but wants to build a five mansion complex on a bluff in Malibu. Perhaps these guys need a lecture from actor Ed Begley, Jr. who actually walks his talk.