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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Wednesday

Former LA Department of Animal Services General Manager Ed Boks is up for a new job as the head of a Tacoma, Washington based animal welfare agency.  You may remember Boks was a key figure in a sexual harrassment lawsuit against the City that saw a $130,000 settlement.  Though cutting  a controversial swath during his time in LA, Boks has many supporters who view the settlement as frivolous and cheered his role in the City.

LAist thinks that the City's buses could be less crowded and more pleasurable if the MTA were to follow the lead of the City of Honolulu.  The island municipality recently passed a law that provides for a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail if you ride the bus with bad body odor.

LA's Metro trains are taking a cue from the East Coast.  For the first time in the nearly 20 year history of the system the MTA has adopted turnstiles at stations posts Militant Angeleno.  No tokens but fancy shcmancy electronic debit cards get you in.

Latinopoliticsblog.com posits that NBC's hiring of Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter and granddaughter of former Presidents, has more to do with family and privilege than ability. Most likely but this is nothing new.  Media outlets have hired other political progeny ranging from Eleanor Mondale to Maria Shriver to Ron Reagan to Meghan McCain.

Forget Obama! Antonio Villaraigosa has his own health care plan!  In the meantime a blogger calls the Mayor an "asshole" and it wasn't me.  Blogger Josh Haden hits Villaraigosa on the recent move by LAUSD to turn a portion of schools over to private operators and accuses the Mayor of selling these schools to the highest bidder.

LA has "reformed" it's special event fee waiver program that has garnered much criticism.  However the reforms came under fire of Council Members Richard Alarcon and Paul Koretz who felt that - while big bucks events like the Oscars and Grammys will still get a City subsidy - many smaller community based events will be forced to be cancelled as fees go up.

Bong lickin' good. A medical marijuana shop has opened up in a former Kentucky Friend Chicken in Palms.

Video Louis has put up a countdown clock for the CD2 election over at the Downtown NoHo Blog.  Only 20 more days!

An ass has shown up to the County Board of Supervisors.  No it wasn't one of the five Supes.  Gidget a 29" inch high miniature donkey visited the board for an eloborate ceremony to kick off the LA County Fair.  And you thought Tom LeBong was funny!

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September 02, 2009 3:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How would like to be the person in Honolulu who enforces the body odor law and has to collect evidence for a possible court case?

September 02, 2009 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael great stuff. Really like the info you're putting out there. Teh Political Union ooppsss I mean police union PPL is again helping their politican Greig Smith promoting his dumb ass idea. What an idiot!! Is Smith too stupid to know even with the pin if there's no police or security around someone getting robbed may still get hurt? More wasted money and resources on agenda bullshit from Smith.

Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith today called for the installation of a PIN "duress code" system at bank ATM machines throughout the city, saying such a system might have saved the life of a teen murdered after a robbery attempt July 24.

September 02, 2009 8:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Last night there was a community meeting with the Police Commissioner Board at Griffith Park.

But the community was not informed about it so the room as almost empty. There was plenty of news media but very few people from the community.

Tom LaBonge came for his 2 minute comment and then left. Ed Reyes was a no show as usual.

This was really a missed opportunity for the community to tell the police commissioner board what it wants in a new police chief.

September 03, 2009 8:48 AM  

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