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Sunday Morning Mimosa


JM, Cultural Tourism #1, 4.19.08

Welcome to Los Feliz: a billboard is set at such an angle as to face cars turning left from Rowena onto Hyperion, already a dangerous proposition. Behind the billboard: Pinkberry. This is the reality of Gail Goldberg's Planning Department: empty pedestrian-friendly rhetoric accompanied by real concessions towards ever-increasing auto congestion.

Thanks, Arnold: "'The problem is so severe that we don't have a choice but to raise taxes,' said outgoing Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles, who will be termed out at the end of the year." The State deficit could climb to $14 billion. Arnold goes back to the drawing board to unveil an edited budget May 15. State spending under Arnold has grown by 30%.

A bill to expand the Green Line directly to LAX was approved in the State Senate's Transportation Committee, even though the MTA opposes the expansion. It's too bad nobody, nobody follows the California State Senate. The bill's sponsor is Jenny Oropeza, who was on the MTA board from 1996-2000. The MTA says it would rather spend money elsewhere.

Gang violence in North Hollywood leaves a 15-year-old Latin teen dead. On Western near Wilshire, a Latin security guard is gunned down in an Auto Zone parking lot. In the South Bay, crime is declining, but lots of kids are breaking into cars, especially to steal Sidekicks.