Getty House gets star billing

gettyhousefront.jpgMayor Villaraigosa plans to announce his selection for chief of police at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Getty House. Have you noticed how, since the mayor's new image shapers came in, we're starting to hear more about Getty House? Villaraigosa coming out front to receive the chief candidates for interviews, and the informal chit-chats with reporters outside, seem positively stage-managed. I guess it's supposed to seem more mayoral (even a tad prime ministerial) to be seen receiving at the official residence. In Villaraigosa's first term, the third floor conference room at City Hall usually sufficed.

My favorite stat about Getty House, which by the way is no mansion, is that it stands on the far end of the block in Windsor Square where Norma Desmond's mansion in "Sunset Boulevard" (also seen in "Rebel Without a Cause") used to face Wilshire Boulevard.

Anyway, the media call for Tuesday's event starts with 4:30 a.m. live shots for TV. There's also talk around the LAPD that more than a dozen police cars have been summoned to a later press conference involving the mayor at Van Nuys City Hall. That's right near where Deputy Chief Michel Moore works, but it could be the next chief is just being taken out for a little show-and-tell around the city.

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