Some of the math around Ticketgate and AEG ponying up some funds for the Michael Jackson Memorial are not penciling out for Walter Moore. Moore notes that while Mayor Villaraigosa recently announced that AEG, the promoters of the memorial service and owner of the Staples Center would pony up $1.3 million to cover the City's expenses actual expenses according to records are closer to $3.2 million. So, Moore asks, did the number of free tickets that the Mayor received to Staples Center events "cost" taxpayers just shy of $2 million?
Some activists who have been supportive of Council Member Paul Krekorian's yeoman efforts to date to represent the concerns of his district are now a bit upset with the Second District rep given reports that he may not be in Council the day a vote on an appeal of a controversial trucking school in Lopez Canyon. Krekorian has supported the appeal to date and the activists feel his presence is necessary for their success. The activists should consider this though - Krekorian has already bucked the system and while we all like that, as one man there is only so much he can do. Krekorian's one vote is not enough to make the difference (as it wasn't with the DWP, the Arizona boycott and friend of the court filing). They need to do as I suggested and that is 1) Hammer Alarcon, 2) Hammer whoever their CM is and 3) Most importantly get as many NCs to pass resolutions in support with those in Lopez Canyon and to make phone calls, write letters and show up. Use that power and don't count on just one friendly voice in the woods to do it all for you.
We continue to learn in new ways every day how the City Council's boycott of Arizona continues to screw the pooch. This time we find out the City's lucrative red light cameras are contracted out to an Arizona firm. Yes, the Council will make an exception unlike with the anti-terrorist training for the LAPD. Your Clowncil in action!
Lots of fun at Monday's Laker Day Parade in Downtown LA. Not enough porta-potties and a mobile medical marijuana vendor truck selling pot lollipops. The suckers were available in your choice of orange or blue. Welcome to LA!
City Council President Eric Garcetti is known for being one of the more technological members of the City Council and now he recalls his first tweet. Coming so far from those halcyon days Garcetti has become of the first elected officials in the US to issue an iPhone app.