Robert Greene at the LA Weekly recites "a few of the critical details" that Mayor Hahn left out of Monday's State of the City speech. For instance, while it's true that crime stats are down, he points out:
Three people were shot dead in recent weeks on the Harbor Freeway in apparent random acts. Fifteen-year-old Deliesh Allen was gunned down on her way home from Locke High. Children walk to and from school in fear. There has been a spate of gang shootings in Northeast Los Angeles. So many people die each weekend from gang violence and domestic disputes that the names of most victims never appear in the newspaper.
Police subdued a fleeing man by clubbing him with a flashlight. The LAPD is in the process of issuing new, less damaging flashlights.
Police shot dead a 13-year-old boy by firing into the car he was driving toward officers. The department has revised its policy on shooting at moving cars.
Also in the campaign: Mayor Hahn proposes a city budget 10% richer than last year's. Times, Daily News and Daily Breeze cover it, bloggers Matt Szabo and BoifromTroy deconstruct it...As expected, fundraising limits are lifted...The final scheduled debate — and the only one in Spanish — will be televised live on Saturday at 10 a.m. on KMEX (Channel 34) and aired on radio at KTNQ 1020 AM. The panel of questioners are Rolando Nichols (moderator) and Francisco Pinto of Noticias Univision, Gabriela Teissier of Primera Edición, and Gabriel Lerner and Pilar Marrero of La Opinión.