Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Friday
What's the most important issue on the ballot this year for Californians? In my book, it's Proposition 23. Big Texas Oil companies, and America's biggest polluters, the Koch Brothers, have funneled millions into the state in an effort to hijack the implementation of California's historic AB32 environmental law. Prop 23 passage threatens job creation and investment in California's burgeoning green tech industry and allows the Koch Brothers and Texas Oil to continue to meet their yearly polluting quota. Heckel & Jeckel have managed to whip the corporate sheep into a foaming at the mouth rage, but the Prop itself is struggling and needs to be defeated on election day.
SB1070 News (yep-it's still on the radar)
Arizona tourism officials are predicting "the worst is yet to come" as conventions and other events continue to cancel or take new business to states not tagged with such negative branding.
"The numbers are ugly especially for a state renowned for its beauty according to a report from the Arizona Department of Tourism. Direct travel expenditures decreased by more than ten percent to $16.6 billion in 2009. There was also a 10.2 percent decline in overnight domestic business travel, reflecting the hard hit meetings and conventions segment. "
-The Mormons apologize for "the hurtful legacy" of Prop 8.
Nice try, no one's buying it.
-Over the next 5 days, 30,000 distressed LA homeowners are expected to attend a mortgage restructuring clinic at the LA Convention Center. The clinic is sponsored by the non-profit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America(NACA). NACA says that a third of attendees can expect to have their mortgages reduced on the spot with another 80% receiving a reduction within 30 days. Some past participants are saying that NACA can't deliver the goods.
-Happy 86th birthday wishes to President Jimmy Carter. Now reportedly back at work after a gastric viral infection sent him to a Cleveland hospital earlier this week.
And finally, more birthday wishes to the fearless leader of Mayor Sam, a man who puts up with more crap from more people than anyone I have ever seen, a friend that I rarely agree with but deeply respect, Michael Higby, who turned 46 years young on Wednesday.