The first of what could be several lawsuits in Mayor Villaraigosa's Ticketgate scandal was filed this week by Los Angeles citizen Jose Freddie Vallejos. The suit seeks reimbursement to cover the costs of the Michael Jackson memorial from both the Jackson Family and AEG. Central to the case is that the Mayor's cozy relationship with special interests like AEG who have provided free tickets to event to the Mayor, who has allegedly not complied with ethics laws related to these gifts. In a related story The Enterprise Report notes that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck plans to pay for free tickets for the Oscars he received.
Fernando Espuelas writing in the Huffington Post lays out all the reasons why the Mayor's administration has been a failure. Still Espuelas feels that Villaraigosa should not be recalled, most notably because we don't know what we would get next. Fair point.
The City Controller's office has released an audit that shows that the City has failed to collect over $250 million in money owed to it, mostly parking citations. A similar audit released three years ago showed the City was only collecting about 52%. A series of improvements suggested by the 2007 audit were never implemented and the City is still only collecting 53% of funds due. Nice work.
And just a reminder. Fireworks, even the legal elsewhere safe and sane variety, are illegal in Los Angeles. The LA Fire Department blog has a list of public fireworks shows where you can find a safe way to celebrate the 4th.