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Monday, August 16, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday

In light of the pay scandal in the City of Bell the LA Times looks at the salaries of City Council members through out LA County.  While some cities pay more than others of course the CEO level pay of Los Angeles City Council members seems to get a pass.  Apparently thought it wasn't always that way.  Over the weekend I happened to catch an old rerun of Grouch Marx's "You Bet Your Life" show from the 50s.  One of the guests was then Los Angeles City Councilman Gordon Hahn (brother to Kenny, uncle to Janice and Jim). Hahn told Groucho that City Council members made on average about 20 cents more an hour than City Hall janitors but less than plumbers.  How times have changed.

So what screw ups at the Sheriff's Department lead to the senseless deaths of youngsters Jamiel Shaw, Mitrice Richardson and Zac Champommier? We ask some questions but there are far more missing answers in each case.

When Mayor Villaraigosa took his spill on his bike many were surprised that he even rode a bike at all.  Now he's a born-again bicycle rights advocate.  The serious bicycle advocates however aren't buying it.

Despite a big push from Mayor Villaraigosa and union activists US Senator Barbara Boxer is seeing her chances drop like a rock as opponent Carly Fiorina surges in the polls.  Fiorina is finding massive support in the Central Valley where both farmers and farm workers have been upset with Federal water policies.

And finally in the "Who Cares Department," The Daily News announces shifting columnists around from page to page.  Count how many times the term voice is used in this puff piece from editor Carolina Garcia.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow. Looks like big, exciting times ahead at Daily News. Sorry I used the word "times." Anywho, that front page heat journalism from Carolina should be the talk of the town. It's what people have been waiting for.

August 16, 2010 2:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Puff piece?"

Did Michael Higby, who writes about the fluffiest subjects on the planet (examples include Pea Soup, Phil Jennerjahn) say someone ELSE is writing puff pieces?

I'm digging the Groucho Marx reference, but on what channel did you "just happen to see" an episode of "You Best Your Life" this weekend? And really, is old TV what you do with your summer weekends?

August 16, 2010 3:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Somedays I wonder why this blog has such an un-American spirit.

August 16, 2010 5:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Angelenos it’s time to change LA and provide a fresh start by electing ordinary people for the common good instead of reelecting these career politicians who have NOT balanced anything other than raise DWP water and power fees, parking tickets, parking meter fees, trash fees, etc.

These politicians reward gang members with $24 million for furthering their criminal activities as mentioned by Sgt. Valdemar, retired from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and a gang specialist, while closing libraries for the law abiding kids and continue to lower the standards here in LA with basic essential needs.

Note Full Disclosure NO Longer on City Channel

August 16, 2010 6:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A white janitor Higby? You truly are a racist.

August 16, 2010 7:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I called over to Daily News to speak with Ms. Garcia a couple years ago. I said, "Is Carolina there?" (I accidentally pronounced as in North or South Carolina.)

The receptionist cried in the shrillest of tone, "It's Caro-leeeeeeeeeeeena!!!"

Excuse me for not knowing that from print. You would have thought someone just lit her hair on fire.

I still hear that screeching voice in my head. Caro-leeeeeeeeeeeeeena.

August 16, 2010 3:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The world's biggest social mixer is coming to Los Angeles. The single grandmothers under 30 club event. Will be bigger than a Coliseum rave.

August 16, 2010 8:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If the city is thinking of ways to increase revenue it should create a one dollar tax on grandmothers who are 30 years old or younger. Could raise millions and millions of dollars in Los Angeles.

August 16, 2010 9:02 PM  

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