Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Friday
-The "I meant to grab my Taser, but pulled out my gun and shot him in the back by accident" defense from former BART cop, Johannes Mehserle, didn't completely fly with the LA jury who found him guilty on Thursday of involuntary manslaughter. Family members and supporters of victim Oscar Grant are outraged that Mehserle wasn't found guilty of murder instead, and the streets of Oakland are feeling the pain.
-Fresh from basking in his and Richard Alarcon's victory of severely damaging Open Space Zoning in Los Angeles, Mayor Villaraigosa contradicts his actions by laying it on thick at the Huffington Post and begs us all to save Open Space. WTF?
-Speaking of Lopez Canyon and Richard Alarcon's obsessive pet project truck driving school, reliable sources are reporting that the Community Alliance for Open Space has found the funding, and a lawsuit will definitely be filed to stop this degradation of designated Open Space. No word yet on how many of Alarcon's staff will be called to testify.
-Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown picked up the support of a Who's Who of Latino leaders at Cal State LA yesterday. The running joke at the event? "The ground shaking on Wednesday, that wasn't an earthquake, Meg Whitman just dropped her wallet".
-A federal judge in Boston rightfully rules that the federal ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Brace yourself for Mormons going ballistic. What does this mean for Prop 8 opponents?
-And finally, Arizona,"The Embarrassment State", is more than likely to see the pandering and misguided SB1070 law shot down once this terribly written piece of legislation undergoes judicial scrutiny. Oh no! Now what will KFI's John & Ken Show do for ratings?