Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Wednesday
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** CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar is calling for a comprehensive review of what constitute a stakeholder in neighborhood council elections. This review comes on the heel of the high turnout in the recent Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Elections which included allegations of "pot for votes'.
** What a surprise, another fiscal year is near 4 months old and already $16 Million in the red. Thus, City of Los Angeles Budget Guru Miguel Santana, with Mayor Villar's blessing, is calling for 200 plus layoffs. Wondering is any of these proposed layoffs will come from the 115 Mayor's staff?.
** LAPD Chief Charlie Beck outlines his thought process (as dictated by Mayor Villar) when it comes to the department interaction with illegal immigrants.
** The LA Weekly's Gene Maddaus reports on a looming battle between the Office of Mayor Antonio Villar and the Office of City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa came into office promising to eliminate the city's persistent deficits. And as he heads out the door, having cut 5,000 positions, the deficits are still there.
This week, he sent the city council a memo with some "outside the box" ideas for trimming even further. Among them is a proposal to change the charter to strip the city attorney's power to represent the city in civil court.
We'll get to why that might save money in a second. But first, just take a guess as to who doesn't like this idea at all.
In a statement, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said, "The Mayor's recycled idea shows a distressing lack of imagination on how to solve the City's problems, and would cost the City at least three times what it is currently paying for legal services."
What would a Mayor Villar policy proposal be, without one of his connected friends profiting from it?
Your thoughts ................
Scott Johnson in CD 14