Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Thursday
The ultimate insider Inaugural event is the after-hours party that Barack and Michelle Obama throw at the White House after all the formal balls, and this year, celebrities and California politicos were amply represented at a decidedly informal gathering that went past 3:00 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 22.
Among the California politicos were ....................
Among the California and Los Angeles politicians invited were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is said to be angling for an appointment as Commerce Secretary; former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez; mayoral hopeful and City Council Member Eric Garcetti; labor honcho and incoming DNC Chairwoman Maria Elena Durazo; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; outgoing Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who reportedly will seek the county supervisorial seat Gloria Molina is about to vacate; former California State Controller and major Democratic giver Steve Westly; and Fremont Place residentsMattie and Michael Lawson. He’s a lawyer, and she is an interior designer.
........ and from the West Coast, a certain mayoral candidate was left to pander her appreciation for TOTUS's second term.
** CD 3 City Councilman Dennis Zine continues to role play a fiscal controller as he and CD 11 City Councilman Bill Rosendahl question the Board of Airport Commissioner's awarding of $4 Million dollars in PR contracts. We wonder if the current City Controller can find time in her busy donor, whoops, work schedule to audit the background on these questionable bids?
** LAUSD has another costly (in alleged victims and future legal costs) teacher abuse scandal to deal with and once again , the school principal, allegedly, ignore warnings on the actions of the teacher in question.
** The Old Gray Collectivist Hag on Spring Street has gone to the "agenda journalist card", in reporting on the perfectly-legal I-5 Freeway Nuch Billboard. Meanwhile the former fishwrap of record is silent on the "Gorda Boo Boo Billboard" featuring LAUSD School Board President on Huntington Drive in El Sereno, that smacks of free electioneering.
** The first big debate in the battle for the future control of LAUSD takes place this evening in West LA as School Board Member Steve Zimmer faces his well-financed District Four challenger Kate Anderson. We strongly recommend that you link daily to the LA School Report Blog for the latest educational news.
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Scott Johnson in CD 14
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