BREAKING NEWS! Mayor Eric Garcetti has declared a State of Emergency in the City of Los Angeles due to ........... runaway TV and Film Production?
Is that a ringing sound in my ear or did an Emergency Siren get activated on the Third Floor at City Hall?
Great muggy Tuesday AM to everyone as the ringing in my ear is replace by the activation of a State of Emergency in Ciudad de Los Angeles.
In the second major test of leadership for the Rhodes Scholar, turned new chief executive of the second largest city in the United States, Mayor Garcetti is taking drastic actions to keep with remains of film and TV production, within city limits.
Putting our normal bloggin tongue in creek approach to reporting on the local political scene aside (for a fleeting moment), we concur that remedies to preserving the vital economic engine of the entertainment industry within LA, should be of paramount concern at 200 Street Street (along with DWP and Pension Reform). Its easy to gather that there is a crisis within the local entertainment establishment when the likes of former City Controller Wendy Greuel and fail CD 2 City Council Candidate Chris Essel, abandon supposed safe entertainment careers for tries at local political office and especially, when the former reign mayoral payaso can't get a local or national TV gig, your city has issues.
That said, the key question here is will Mayor Garcetti revert to the tired remedy of tax credits and corporate welfare ..... or will he consider solutions that remake the City of Los Angeles into a business-friendly municipality that grows private sector fiscal opportunities without public giveaways?
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What intimate tales the Huizar Blackberry can tell (maybe under oath?)
Tick, Tick, Tick… When José Met Francine: City Hall watchers went gaga on Aug. 12, when the Los Angeles Times’ David Zahniser broke the news that a workplace discrimination complaint had been filed against 14th District City Councilman José Huizar by his former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy. The complaint, filed with the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (who knew we had one?), contained some salacious claims, in particular that Godoy suffered repercussions after declining the boss’ amorous advances.
The City Council quickly clammed up, though president Herb Wesson convened a panel that looks into sexual harassment complaints. The office of José Carlos Danger, I mean Huizar, also erected a media wall, saying nothing beyond a spokesman’s initial statement of, “He strongly and emphatically denies the assertions made in the claim sent to the City and intends to fully cooperate with the City in any investigation of this matter.”
When Will Things Go Boom?: To be clear, Huizar has not been charged with any wrongdoing. That said, the other shoe could drop tomorrow in the form of a news story (whichever journalist or blogger gets Godoy to talk will win an invisible pony) or months from now.
In the meantime, questions swirl: Will Godoy follow the complaint with a lawsuit? If so, will details spill, or will there be a quick settlement in which money is paid under the condition that no one talks?
Did Huizar and Godoy ever have a romantic relationship? If so, were furry handcuffs involved? How about Jell-O?
........ a blogging, CD 14 Political Novella that continues.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Labels: CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar, Francine Godoy, jon regardie, mayor eric garcetti, runaway production