Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Monday
Between June 2008 and July 2009, then-Villaraigosa Deputy Chief of Staff Jimmy Blackman scheduled at least five meetings with Hugh, including two dinners, according to his appointment calendar. Blackman is now chief of staff to Councilman Dennis Zine.
Could this be one of many stories in the months ahead that cause painful flashbacks for Jimmy Blackman?
** Speaking of flashbacks, Belmont Learning Center comes to mind with David Zahniser's report on Los Angeles Unified School District's lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles over solvents and other chemicals seeping into its property on San Fernando Road in Glassell Park. this is the same property that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's mayoral campaign financier Richard Meruelo, made bank on to the tune of $50 Million dollars.
** For those who thought that the LA Times Maeve Reston's slight of KRLA Talk Show Host and 2013 Mayoral Candidate Kevin James was no accident, Op-ed Scribe Jim Newton states the obvious LA Times mindset in his latest sit down piece on ......., Kevin James. "We met last week in part because he and his political consultant were frosted by a column I wrote recently laying out the major candidates in the race without mentioning James. That was no accident; James falls well below the threshold to be taken as seriously as his better-known rivals. Even those who have never held elected office — Beutner and developer Rick Caruso — have significant experience working with the city, Beutner as an aide to Mayor Villaraigosa, Caruso as a police commissioner and a member of the Coliseum Commission, among other things".
In the mind of Newton, "Mini-Riordan II" Beutner's recent work for Mayor Villar puts him on par with the likes of longtime civic leaders Rick Caruso and Kevin James, is laughable.
Scott Johnson in CD 14