Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet For Wednesday
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The SOTU can be declared a great, forward thinking, and inspirational speech if only because the oil industry was so quick to pan it. In truth, Obama was doing Kennedy-lite, even invoking Sputnik at one point. The speech was very good, but not great. In a post-Tucson America, maybe it was exactly what was needed. The seating arrangements made for a refreshingly subdued, if not sporadically partisan audience that only managed to interrupt the speech about 20 times. My favorite was watching House Speaker John Boehner jonesing for a scotch and soda and a cigarette throughout the entire speech.
The official Republican response was given by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The extreme Republican response was given by the American history challenged Representative from Minn., Michelle "The Camera's Over Here" Bachman.
UPDATE: Teabaggers throw Michele Bachman under the bus, "She has no right to speak for us".
The Mayors of 9 California cities, including Los Angeles, will meet with Gov. Brown this afternoon to weep, moan, thrash about, and beg for him to abandon his proposal to disband CRAs across the state. I'm looking forward to his response.
Related; Our good friend, Ron Kaye, has had excellent coverage this week on LA's CRA scandal, and our very own Red Spot has reported on Huizar's absence from Council yesterday, that could be CRA related, no matter how hard his staffers deny it.
West Hollywood, a progressive city as it is, may be about to lead the nation in another cause by becoming the first Fur Free City in the United States. Chinchillas, Foxes, Rabbits, Bob Barker, and myself, would like to recognize this effort and look forward to implementation of this ordinance. For more on the fur trade, try this.
Serial adulterer, Newt Gingrich, is trying to grab some facetime by calling for the EPA to be abolished and replacing it with a more polluter friendly environmental advisement council. "Hey BP, that's a dangerous oil rig you have there, it could blow up at any minute", "Gee thanks for the heads up, but rest assured, everything is just fine", "Ok, great, I'll see you at the Texas Tea All You Can Eat buffet tonight"!
The Santa Monica City Council has just voted to ban single use plastic bags! Here's the story before the vote.