Cooley and Philibosian
The LA Weekly's Jeffrey Anderson got hold of memos
written by a former deputy DA who complains of excessively close ties between District Attorney Steve Cooley and his former boss, now private lawyer, Robert Philibosian. From the story:
Cooley and Philibosian go way back. When Philibosian was the district attorney in 1984, he tapped Cooley as the youngest head deputy in the office’s history; he campaigned for Cooley in 2000; he emceed Cooley’s inauguration and worked on his transition team. Philibosian and Cooley own property together at Lake Arrowhead.
So what was Philibosian, a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, doing in the middle of the recent campaign-money-laundering conviction of power lawyer Pierce O’Donnell? Or the Newhall Land & Ranch Co. environmental-crimes investigation? Or the investigation into allegations of corruption in the city of Cudahy? Or the Venoco oil-well-emissions investigation at Beverly Hills High School?
Skelton has questions about the LAUSD deal
Times' Sacramento columnist George Skelton doesn't drink Kool-Aid, apparently, and put some questions
to Mayor Villaraigosa in the Capitol this week. He also says the scenario widely envisioned up there is that Villaraigosa runs for governor in 2010 and Speaker Fabian Núñez goes for mayor. His questions:
How does Villaraigosa getting involved help the schools — especially now that the legislation has been negotiated to the point where the mayor represents just another layer of authority? How does diffusing power increase accountability?
Politically, what's the guy thinking? Not only has this ambitious politician been making enemies in his first major endeavor as mayor, he's setting himself up for potential failure about the time he runs for reelection in three years.
Times questions it too
An LAT editorial
says of the Villaraigosa school bill in Sacramento that even his supporters "acknowledge privately that this compromise is an unwieldy mess, yet they refrain from speaking out against it for fear of crossing the mayor." I assume it was written by Rob Greene, who went up to Sacramento for this week's activity on the bill.
Steve Barr talks it up
The founder of Green Dot sits for an interview
What Angelides announced yesterday
The Democratic candidate for Governor proposed state tax cuts
for the middle class, hoping to shift the Republican strategy away from attacking his call for tax hikes on corporations and people making more than $250,000 a year.
Breaking the news
KCAL caught itself on video informing colleagues of Bruno Kirby that the actor had died. Defamer
tracked the video being taken down, then put back up on the station's website.
Power of a headline
Patt Morrison leads her LAT column
today with the observation that iPods and camera phones are being swiped from the hands of youngsters in L.A. "by the thousands." Let's not forget
, it's 200 iPods citywide and 1490 cellphones.
Maybe somebody was loaded
Correction o' the day from the Los Angeles Times:
"Weeds": A Quick Takes item in Wednesday's Calendar section misstated the ratings for Showtime's season premiere of "Weeds." The episode drew 578,000 viewers, not 5.8 million. Though its ratings did mark an 18% increase from its first-season debut and was the best second-season launch in Showtime's history, it was not a showing that would "make HBO executives envious," as the item stated.
While they're correcting
The Times also notes for the record
that West magazine got an important fact reversed.
The listing of Southern California's 100 most powerful people in Sunday's West magazine incorrectly stated that real estate heir Stephen L. Bing had been "socked by actress-model Elizabeth Hurley with a successful paternity suit." It was Bing who initiated legal proceedings to establish his paternity and successfully confirmed his legal right to provide financial support for his son, despite Hurley's opposition.
Daily News announces its good news strategy
They formally reveal
next week's launch of ValleyNews.com, which LA Observed detailed last week
Sandra Tsing Loh goes online
The Atlantic Monthly contributing writer and regular commentator on KPCC and "Marketplace" adds a website
. No blog, as she explains: "I am a person whose inner thoughts are perhaps already TOO well-known (see above). On the radio, even my children howl in protest when my voice comes on. So sorry...from me, no blogging
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