Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday
|Legendary Computer Whiz Robert "Bud" Ovrom Gets Pinned by the Other Genius in Town|
It's all fun and games until you send out an email blast by accident! Building & Safety General Manager Robert "Bud" Ovrom thought he was sending a confidential memo to the Mayor regarding a FBI investigation into bribes paid to B&S inspectors. Instead, "Bud" managed to send the 9 page memo to hundreds of Building & Safety staff as well. This is probably a good sign that "Bud" is way in over his head in what promises to be a head rolling shake-out of a chronically mismanaged and incompetent city department.
There are few sounds more beautiful to a distressed activist's ears than hearing a City Council member utter the words "245 Motion". This rarely used but powerful tool allows the City Council to override a commission decision and put the matter before the Council for a vote. Wendy Greuel used the 245 motion to override the North Valley Area Planning Commission in the Home Depot battle in Sunland-Tujunga, and Paul Krekorian invoked the 245 on his first day in office for CD2 to stop a terrible project in the south part of the district. Yesterday, Councilman Jose Huizar stepped up to the plate and "245'd" a Parks and Recs Commission approval for the Autry Museum to expand it's Griffith Park exhibit at the expense of the Southwest Museum. Of note; As with most shady dealings in this City, the law firm of Latham & Watkins and/or their alumni is always close at hand!
James Fayed, the wealthy gold trader found guilty of paying a ranch hand and a gang member to murder his wife in a Century City parking garage 3 years ago, has been sentenced to death. From the Ventura County Star; "James Fayed made this choice very clearly," Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson told jurors Monday. "What he decided to do was hire a hit man to stalk and attack and prey on his wife, and he ultimately paid this person to slit her throat and in so choosing, he left a family sisterless ... and left two beautiful daughters motherless.
The Malibu Lagoon is now safe from bulldozers for at least a year, and if common sense prevails, maybe forever. Congratulations to The Wetlands Defense Fund, Access for All and the Coastal Law Enforcement Action Network for a job well done!