Mayor's labor troubles
Villaraigosa rescheduled a lobbying trip to be in Los Angeles Tuesday and Wednesday when City Hall's Engineers and Architects Assn. threatens to strike. Jim Newton writes in the LAT
that "as odd as it may seem for Los Angeles' labor Democrat mayor to be facing off against his union allies, the conflict offers vivid evidence of the changed expectations for America's progressive city leaders — and the expected walkout could actually end up benefiting the mayor against whom it is directed."
The Daily News toted up
how much each member of the City Council has raised from campaign contributors for their so-called office-holder accounts. The winner: Tony Cardenas. Good thing contributors aren't looking for influence—oh wait:
When Westside Councilman Bill Rosendahl took office, he soon found contributors to his opponent's campaign wanted to make amends and write a check to his officeholder account. "When you're in office, all you have to do is grunt, and they're all there for you, but I'm not into that mind-set," Rosendahl said.
Fearing Reconquista is loco
Mariel Garza makes fun
(and rightly so, I say) of gringos who are actually concerned there is a movement by Mexicans in the U.S. to reconquer California and the Southwest. Basically 95% of the evidence argues against such a thing, but the meme persists — mostly among the ilk that tends to fear there is always a them
imperiling an us
who profit from stoking the fears.)
The plan is called La Reconquista, and what it means is that we are dead set on turning California and its neighboring states into Mexifornia. Or is it Aztlan? I can't remember; I'm going to have to consult the memo sent out by Mayor Reconquista, Antonio Vivalaraza....
Why would we do this? That's a valid question, particularly for those of us who have never lived in Mexico — or who have fled Mexico — and like our stable economic system the way it is, thank you very much.
The answer, of course, is that we aren't. It's the most ridiculous, specious and, frankly, dismaying aspect of the national immigration debate.
Agreed. Garza and the Daily News copy desk should dust off their almanac, though. The Mexican-American War
that switched California into the U.S. column was in the 1840s, not the '80s.
LAT investigation: Juvie still bad
Though he's now based in Washington, Noam Levey lands a piece
off the county beat reporting that "despite at least 16 studies, investigations or audits since 1998 — exposing serious deficiencies with schooling, mental health services and basic safety — the county's elected leaders have done little to meaningfully improve California's largest juvenile detention system."
In the City Hall columns
whispers about the whispers of a coup to unseat Eric Garcetti as City Council president, but says it will probably blow over during the three-week recess. With no meetings until after Labor Day, Steve Hymon
of the Times also will take a breather — though first he catches Jan Perry on poop cleanup duty and learns that Garcetti designed a magnifying glass to give out to visiting dignitaries.
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LAT op-ed columnist Meghan Daum (she has the Saturday slot) reviewed The Brambles
, the novel by Eliza Minot, for the Sunday New York Times.
They will always have Paris
When Paris Hilton invaded our local Westside Best Buy, T.J. Sullivan was there to observe
the madness. Think line outside and around the building.
Nice burst of spontaneous applause for Quinceañera after the early evening showing yesterday at the Santa Monica Laemmle.
Three of the weddings reports
in Sunday's New York Times mention Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, the L.A. law firm — two fathers and a bride. If they are keeping score (and I suspect someone is), O’Melveny & Myers was only mentioned once.
¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz opened
last week at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park.
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Veronique de Turenne reviewed
Merrill Markoe's Walking in Circles Before Lying Down: A Novel
in Sunday's Los Angeles Times Book Review.