Speaking of millions of dollars and rail construction Senator Barbara Boxer has come out behind Mayor Villaraigosa's subway plans. Boxer will work to get LA the billions in Federal dollars it needs to build the choo choos. However she better get moving as her days could be numbered. The new Senator might take so kindly to such boondoggle spending as noted above.
Eli Broad is getting his Downtown mausoleum. I mean museum. It's official and the building will be built next to Disney Hall. Broad was originally going to pay $1 a year but later said he would cough up $7.7 million for a 99 year lease. Sounds like a lot of money but it comes out to about $6500 a month which is a steal for prime downtown real estate. Also what most folks don't know is that only a small portion of the building will be an actual museum. Most of it will be private space for Broad's foundation. But Downtown just like everywhere else money talks and serving the people walks.
In the meantime blogger Celeste Fremon drinks the Broad Kool-Aid. I was hoping when her post crossed my desk it was going to be something surprisingly interesting. No such luck. Celeste should focus on saving Homeboy Industries from the Mayor.
Councilman Bernard Parks usually gets it when it comes to the notion of the free market but sitting in that horseshoe next to Hamburger Jan Perry might be having an effect on him. He's playing up this whole nanny state notion where we need to ban fast food in the hood. Which is silly because Parks is one of the leanest members of the Clowncil and didn't need interim control ordinances to stay trim living in the same District as his constituents right? Didn't he take care of himself?
Freedom hating nanny staters in Sacramento have put the brakes on food trucks like Kogi etc. developing in our state capital. The Sacto City Clowncil enacted tough laws that effectively outlaw the trucks.
Keeping the Nanny State theme going the plastics industry is fighting back on the state's tax on plastic grocery bags with a great new video. We have to eventually get rid of plastic bags (I hate them) but the industry has responded with many solutions. And in this case the state law is not even the usual nanny poo ban the bag but a cynical tax that is only serving to balance the state budget.
And finally it's going to be a scorcher the next few days! Our friend Brian Humphrey of the LAFD has some good tips for you to stay safe - and stay cool!