Councilman Herb Wesson entertained a lunch crowd at the Current Affairs Forum the other day with some fairly open comments about his political decision making. He didn't run for the Yvonne Burke seat on the Board of Supervisors, he admitted, because Measure R eased term limits so he could stay 12 years on the council. (Wesson says he would have run unopposed, implying both Bernard Parks and Mark Ridley-Thomas would have stayed out of if Wesson got in.) As for his plans at City Hall, I'm told there was a twinkle in the former Assembly Speaker's eye as he hinted that he may not stay on the fourth floor, where the council offices are hidden away. That leaves the third, where the mayor's suite holds the most prominent corner. Times editorial writer Rob Greene blogged Wesson's remarks and his comments on a successor to inclusionary zoning.
Add Greene: He wrote last week's Times editorial opposing the Las Lomas project in Newhall Pass: "Like many self-styled smart-growth projects, this one is essentially idiotic." The Times also has an editorial today criticizing the alliance between environmentalists and labor to force truckers at the Port of Los Angeles to become employees as "legally suspect and impractical -- and also not worth the delays it's causing."