Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Friday
At a separate City Hall hearing on the stadium, Natural Resources Defense Council senior attorney David Pettit urged city officials to help restart talks between AEG and a coalition of anti-poverty activists challenging special state legislation intended to speed up approval.The Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition filed a lawsuit last month seeking to invalidate a state law written for AEG that limits lawsuits against the stadium to a 175-day period. The group, which includes the renters' rights group Community Action Network, said it wants AEG to provide $60 million for affordable housing, or $2 million a year over 30 years.
** The Daily News has given its endorsement to Congressman Howard Berman in the contentious 30th Congressional District jihad .
This week, Berman made some headline-grabbing additions to his list of endorsements when Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina announced their support, praising Berman's willingness to talk policy with Republicans such as them.That confirms what our editorial board already saw as Berman's most important quality: At a time when voters say they want their representatives in Washington to show more cooperation and less partisanship, Berman does this better than Sherman.
Got to wonder how Assemblyman Mike Gatto will take this editorial slight of his former boss?
**CD 13 City Councilman and 2013 Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti has shown his repeated ability to speak in generalities, but in his first major policy address as a mayoral candidate, these specifics regarding current Mayor Villar staffers is sure to garner attention.
Garcetti spoke in broad themes, and offered relatively little in the way of concrete proposals. He did, however, signal that he will distance himself from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, saying that he will force all of the mayor's department heads to reapply for their jobs.
"If they want to stick around, they'll have to prove they have what it takes to meet our city's urgent economic imperatives," Garcetti said.
That would be a break from past practice. Mayors have tended to keep some of their predecessor's top staffers.
Can you see LAPD Chief Charlie Beck updating his resume?