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Friday, October 06, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday

Mayor Villaraigosa asserted his right to be involved in the selection of the next Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District and claims he is being shut out by the Board of Education. In dueling press conferences Thursday, both the Mayor and School Board President Marlene Canter were at odds with one another. The Board is expected to pick a candidate for the spot while the Mayor is on a 16 day Asian junket. In staking out her ground, Canter told the press today "We are a duly elected board, we represent the people and we are doing our highest and most important work -- choosing a superintendent,'' she said. We are committed to and we are going to be delivering a national-class leader to this district.'' (Read analysis by Walter Moore here)

For those of you who give a shit about the LA Times - and I don't - parent company Tribune fired Times publisher Jeff Johnson today. If you want to know more, read the piece by Walter Moore or Mack Reed over at LA Voice.

A City Council member has plead not guilty to five charges of misusing public funds, allegedly using public money to purchase gasoline, rent cars and buy a telephone modem. No, it wasn't one our own LA City Clowncil members but Baldwin Park's William Van Cleave, 51, who was arrested Wednesday.

Local openly gay Republican Congressional candidate Steve Sion has called the actions of Florida Congressman Mark Foley - who has been accused of sending sexually suggestive e-mails to underage Congressional Pages - "inexcusable."

Friday at 2:00 p.m. on KPCC, Patt Morrison goes on the road to the newly renovated and expanded Griffith Observatory. The Observatory won't open to the public until November, but Patt gets a behind the scenes look at the $93 million renovation. She speaks with Dr. Ed Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory, Stephen Johnson, Architect, Brenda Levin, Architect and George Djorgovski, Professor of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology.

A court case to restore the Los Angeles County Seal to its original design is going forward. Save The Seal Chairman David Hernandez could use your help: The attorney in the case needs examples of where the old seal is still being used on county buildings, vehicles, etc. For more information, please click here.

For Friday's Open Thread and what the Mayor is up to, click here.


Blogger David Hernandez said:

As a Republican (who is holding a blank voter registration form in hand) I must admit that lately the three most impressive local elected officials have been Democrat Women.

The first was LAUSD Board member Julie Korenstein with her response to the Mayors attempted take over of LAUSD.

The second was LA City Council member Jan Perry in dealing with the ACLU over the hands off section of skid row.

Finally, Marlene Canter in not caving in the Mayors demands in his attempt to violate the state constitution in regards to LAUSD.

To all three I present you with this months Public Service Award. When all around you were bending over backwards to put special interest first and the rule of law and the welfare of the people last, you told them to GO TO HELL!

You three have demonstrated leadership and down right courage, missing from so many politicians today. I might add missing from the Governor, LA Mayor and most of the LA City Council.

October 06, 2006 2:05 PM  

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