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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mini but Jam-Packed Hotsheet for Wednesday

Zahniser's article yesterday on how the City is used as a "finishing school" for advocacy firms is a cut above. Of the many examples of how City employees end up trashing the spirit of Prop R, to my mind the one involving Chick/Villaraigosa aide Marcus Allen is the most egregious. But some will say it's former City Attorney Peter Gutierrez jumping to Latham & Watkins. Anyway, there are all sorts of cases to choose from when picking your own kleptocratic favorite.

The DWP's Water Cops program, which will tell you how to put a brick in your swimming pool to save water, will cost the City $450,000 this year.

The Michelin Guide has come to Los Angeles at last, which either means LA has arrived or the Michelin Guide is so over. Judging from the list---two-star ratings went to MĂ©lisse in Santa Monica, Spago in Beverly Hills and Urasawa in Beverly Hills---you'd have to say the Guide is so over. No restaurant here fetches three stars. It's a fairly Euro-Japanese, phallocentric list: while I for one I am glad to see the huffy folk at Lucques / AOC didn't fetch even a solo, I think Ciudad deserves to have made the cut.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was at the 99c store yesterday because I needed a blank DVD. I was walking out and noticed the 99c christmas lights.
wow, that's cheap, so I grabbed a box (18 lights), but then I flipped it over and uh-oh MADE IN CHINA....
no thanks.
so I gave the dollar to a homeless guy. probably a vet.
so I encourage everyone to avoid buying anything made in china unless its essential.

there's a few good reasons why.
1. their manufacturing is cheap partly because they don't have disposal standards.
2. lead paint!
3. help reduce the US fiscal deficit by reducing imports, which may also help pressure China to adopt market driven foreign exchange rates (as opposed to their artificial rate)
4. counterfeit unlicensed merchandise means not one cent will go to the original creator (or writer!)

I'm not saying its easy to know what's legit or not so I say xmas cash does way more for the homeless than those lights ever will.

November 14, 2007 9:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Drought Busters to cost $450,000 this year?? 15 current employees x $100,000 each sounds like $1.5 million + cars, flyers, etc. And of course, those people are not doing the jobs they were hired to do, so that means more overtime for those left to do the work. What a money pit. Maybe the $450,000 is just until Dec. 31.

November 14, 2007 9:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


They get paid $100,000? Wow...

November 14, 2007 10:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe the DN can print the drought Busters' salary. I know it was a step or two above commercial service rep last time around. It's not a bad salary for setting your own hours and assignment.

November 14, 2007 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

damn, I wanna be a Drought Buster!!! 100K, you say? Hook me up!!!!

Who ya gonna call ... Drought Bustahs!!!! See, I got a theme song all worked out already!!!


November 14, 2007 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Angeles City Ethics Commission

Policy and Legislation Update

CF 06-1800-S1

Legal Challenge Pending:
Measure R / Proposition R

On October 15, 2007 David Hernandez and Ted Hayes filed an appeal. No briefing schedule has been set, and it could be months before a final resolution.


November 14, 2007 1:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This confirms that Villaraigosa NEVER had an agenda of his own after he was sworn in as the 51st mayor.

The only accomplishment Villaraigosa is currently boasting about is the installation of left turn signals and repaired street holes. These signals are Not the solution for traffic congestion or how badly the streets need repaving.

Villaraigosa needs to concentrate his energy in reforming DWP wasted internal funds before he or council decide to increase the stakeholders’ water and electricity rates.

November 14, 2007 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villar ain't gonna reform DWP. Heck, he's the one who let the IBEW contract slide through the cracks. $307,000 from IBEW surely helped.

November 14, 2007 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What water drought?

November 14, 2007 6:00 PM  

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