|The Lu Parker Project|
Want yet another way to buy some influence with the Mayor? Now you can donate to his TV anchor girlfriend Lu Parker's "charity" which doesn't seem to be doing anything innovative or different with it's most recent achievement being the painting of the lobby of animal shelter. Kathy Cheng of California Common Cause told the LA Times that "vigilance is needed with such charities to make sure they are not a back channel way for special interests to find special access to electeds that regular constituents don’t have." According to Parker her "The Lu Parker Project" is an "outlet to express love and compassion." I thought that was the Mayor's Lu Parker Project.
As the City Council is considering an elected DWP Ratepayer Advocate Jack Humphreville has a suggestion. Writing in CityWatch the presumptive CD4 challenger suggests the Council hire a consultant who can clearly define the role of the position.
Much has been written about the sweetheart giveaway the City has in store for billionaire Eli Broad to build a memorial to himself downtown (also called an art museum). But now another organization has come forward to lay claim to the Grand Avenue parcel that Broad has been salivating for. The Shen Yun Performing Arts Organization is vying to build a 3000 seat theatre and arts training center. However they can't seem to get a fair shake from the CRA or City Council who has the fix in for the politically connected Broad. Incredibly the CRA staff told the Chinese organization that they would be better off at one of several sites in Chinatown. Hmmm, is this 1953?
Don't forget today is the day. The launch party for the Clean Sweep Movement is happening in North Hollywood. Speakers include former Mayor Richard Riordan, Walter Moore, radio talk show host Kevin James and South Central Farmer Tezozmoc.