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Morning Eye-Opener


JM, Backgammon, Glendale, 5.13.08

For the first time, Arnold opens the door to new taxes, Orlov and Harrison Sheppard report.

g You've likely already heard by now that the Mayor's first choice for CAO, Marcus Allen, has lost interest. Rest assured that anyone who turns down a civil service job because of money has an insufficient sense of civitas to perform it.

g But in LA these days, nobody seems to want to be of service to LA anymore unless they're shown the money. Even Ugly Betty's leaving. That sucking sound you hear is the sound of 150 Angelenos losing their jobs on the show.

g I've never been quite able to figure out what it is that makes the Sagebrush Cantina the Sagebrush Cantina. But this obit explains it all: it was owner Bob McCord's force of personality. If you've been there more than once, you'll recognize the face instantly.

g Jamiel Shaw Sr. is becoming LA's Cindy Sheehan [ed. for sp.]. He's too incautious, and by politicizing his deceased son, he'll likely soon be obliged to encounter real political flak in return. But his charge that District Attorney Michelle Hanisee threatened to depict Jamiel Jr. as a gangster unless Shaw stopped pushing for hate crime prosecution is certainly intriguing and even worth investigating itself. Of course, that's exactly what happened. Hanisee is now off the case.

g Planners say we'll need 32 billion more gallons of water a year here in LA 2030. And that's only to sober up Gail Goldberg.