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Friday, October 29, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Friday

The LA Weeky's Patrick Range McDonald hits it AGAIN with a cool Jack-O-Lantern full of the Mayor's hype over the Subway to the Sea. The MTA board passed what Stupidvisor Don Knabe called a "historic" vote to bring the Purple (FKA Metro Red Line Wilshire Extension) Line somewhere near Santa Monica.  McDonald enumerates the Mayor's fantasies about the line unlike all the rest of the press release journos out there noting everything from the canard that the Subway will end traffic as we know it, even though studies say less than one percent of suburban Westside motorists will get out of their four wheeled monsters and board the choo choo.

Will Jerry Brown, if elected Governor, raise taxes? Yes if what his former Chief of Staff and former Governor Gray Davis says is true.
The controversial, mothballed Los Angeles Children's Museum in Lake View Terrace may get a second lease on life.  The LA City Council is considering a contract to have the Discovery Science Center in Orange County run the facility.  I've been to the Discovery Center and it is a great venue.  

The City of Vernon has become yet another ethical municipal basketcase in LA County and the jury is out as to what should happen to it. While some leaders are hoping to de-incorporate Vernon, the City of Los Angeles is eying swallowing up the 99 resident population City with it's 2000 businesses and its extraordinary rich tax base.  Other options include keeping Vernon as unincorporated land under the control of LA County or annexing it to another neighboring city.  All of this however may require the approval of Vernon's residents most of whom are somehow financially beholden to the small city.  Stay tuned.

Interested in a Jewish perspective on Proposition 19 and the thought of legalizing pot? The Jewish Journal has full coverage for you.

Feisty Congressional candidate Mattie Fein has an uphill battle against entrenched incumbent Jane Harman in the South Bay.  That however has given Fein little pause.  The Easy Reader encapsulates why Fein thinks Harman should go.

The final list of official write in candidates for various offices LA County voters will be considering on Tuesday  was released by the County Registrar-Recorder.  Among those on the list are Diane Lenning, a write-in candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction who has received some attention from education activists as well as our friend David Hernandez who is waging a write-in campaign as an independent for the 42nd State Assembly District.

For those of you third and fourth floorers who get hungry at lunch today should go check out the Annual Public Safety Appreciation Barbecue, running today from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the upper level of the 7th and Fig Mall.  The event honors the men and women of the LAFD, LAPD, CHP, LADOT, FBI, Sheriff's Department and other public safety agencies. Have some barbecue and give these heroes their props.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great story on Village to Village today, a must read!


October 29, 2010 12:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You definitely DO NOT want to read what Phil Jennerjahn posted on his blog today! Don't do it!

October 29, 2010 12:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Betcha that jennerjahn and mailander are having a lot of laughs at your expense today.

October 29, 2010 7:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


What do you think of Bill Clinton urging Kendrick Meek to quit the Florida campaign?

Don't you think that the blacks are gonna resent Clinton for that? It could undo a lot of goodwill he built up with them.

On another subject, I strongly suspect that Phil Jennerjahn is planting brutal comments about you in the Daily News. I suspect he is not as good a friend to you, as you are to him. But I guess that's a matter of being careful about who you treat as a friend.

October 29, 2010 7:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe B may be repetitious and boring sometimes, but he's not defamatory. Or even "arguably defamatory," since we're all playing it safe now.

No comparison.

October 29, 2010 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Lloyd in MDR said:


How is your day going?

October 29, 2010 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

@7:14am--too true.
But-Jennerjahn = irrelevant.
Mailander = business as usual. Without much new to say, he defaults to his familiar pathology:attacking anyone who has ever dared to have an opinion different than his own. We've seen it blog after blog after blog and eagerly await the inevitable public meltdown of the park blog. We won't have to wait long.

Let him and the rest of the Parkers enjoy their extra 25 clicks gratis. Consider it the price of doing business with a friend you knew was a scorpion. Use this kerfuffle to capture even more readers and do what you do best.

You've acted appropriately in taking down the questionable post by Spot. Head down/clean house/move forward.

October 29, 2010 11:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is clear that the millions or billions of tax payers’ dollars allocated from LA City, LA County, and State for gang prevention/interventions programs is a waste of money. The tax payers’ money will only assist gang members in furthering their organized crimes as has been previously mentioned by retired Sgt. Valdemar.

It appears Mayor Villaraigosa has FAILED again on crime/gang reduction. Angelenos need to view the Department of Justice Crime statistics showing crime is down everywhere in the U.S.A. without wasting tax payers money on gangs.

Sgt. Richard Valdemar, retired from LA County Sheriff’s, has said, Don't hire ex-gang members to run your anti-gang programs. Besides wasting your money, it's like hiring Cheesh and Chong to teach your kids about the evils of marijuana.

Department of Justice Crime Statistics

October 29, 2010 12:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mailander = business as usual.


October 29, 2010 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mailander is on yet another jihad this time against Higby. In the past it's been Kevin Roderick (which Higby should admit he joined Mailander on), Marc Cooper, Mickey Kaus, et al.

It's ironic now he is aiming for Michael when Michael egged Mailander on and adopted some of his trash for year.

Everytime this happens whatever blog Mailander is writing for there is some meltdown. Considering that Joseph's partners don't tend to be posting simpatico comments to Joseph's missives can we expect yet another soon?

October 29, 2010 12:48 PM  

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