LAUSD prepares for court fight
Legal issues need to be clarified, say Romer and Tokofsky. LAT
. Daily News editorial
urges the board to give up the fight.
Challenge and opportunity for Villaraigosa
George Skelton calls AB 1381 greased
It's hard to envision a more greased bill than the one Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa rammed through the Legislature to grab power from the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The measure passed because of "muscle, not merit," as one L.A. Democratic assemblyman privately observed. In the end, the bill needed both grease and muscle to be pushed through the Assembly with only one vote to spare.
Its passage was lubricated by legislative friendships that Villaraigosa had acquired years earlier when he was Assembly speaker, and the clout he now exercises as L.A.'s ambitious mayor. It was greased with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's running for reelection and wants to keep on the good side of the influential Latino. It was greased by the mayor's closeness to current Speaker Fabian Nuñez (D-Los Angeles), who sponsored the bill and is a potential successor to Villaraigosa.
They'd been greasing this bill for weeks, but there still needed to be some strong-arming of unconvinced Democrats.
Murray drops Burke plan
State Sen. Kevin Murray gave up trying to extend the term limits for politically connected South Coast Air Quality Management District chairman William Burke, says Capitol Weekly
. Marc Cooper
in the LA Weekly calls the attempted deal "an act of classic backroom logrolling" on behalf of "a self-promoting, full-time walking conflict of interest and, to boot, a dramatically ineffective defender of our air."
Bloggers in the news
Moving on down
Natalie Nichols pens a farewell to CityBeat's Wilshire tower and welcomes
the newsroom's move to street level — and manages to quote me while doing it.
Hugh Hewitt also quotes me
, of course. He's upset about this post
. For the record, what I told his producer was that I was unavailable for timing reasons — given twenty minutes notice on a chock-full afternoon. But I wouldn't have gone on anyway — I don't do the political shout shows (of any stripe.)
Staying in shape in L.A.
writes in the Times of London that "there is really no excuse to be fat here — what with the mountains, the beaches and the deserts, you don’t even need to join a gym. Then there’s the body-image narcissism encouraged by Hollywood, and the general culture of life-extension over indulgence. And yet, as if to mock us, the city’s restaurants offer some of the most criminally calorific menu items this side of a Welsh fish’n’chip shop."
Vroman's bookstore has a blog
Hollywood Palladium sale collapses
Around LA Observed
Earlier at News & Chatter
New on the blogs
NBC 4 has asked LA Observed and some other websites to contribute to a wiki on disaster preparation. They asked that the link not to be posted yet, but I'll pass along more info if the project turns into anything.