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Morning Eye Opener

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Everyone in the local blogosphere seems to be too busy with the holidays to presume like they usually do that you can't find your own news stories. So I'll step in this morning.

LA City Council bravely announced a ban on retailing .50 millimeter rounds here in LA. So you'll have to go to Hawthorne to get them. Solomon has an hilarious pic representing what a .50 mm round really is. It's just .25 short of the fabled French 75 from World War I.

I guess it was a good thing that Prop A failed, because we can't even follow the money for the gang programs we already have on the books, the Weekly says.

I'm surprised I haven't seen a Fall of the House of Usher headline yet. Has there been one I missed?

RonKayeLA has another story on just how kleptocratic our provincial burg can be. It costs far more to smoke in a park than to pull the wrong fish from the wrong creek.

And the City is only getting more kleptocratic still, with $74 million more in tax and cut. The Mayor has a ridiculous quote: "All the cranes you see out there, all the construction that is going on is a direct result of this being a safer city." No, they are a direct result of Gail Goldberg's willingness to serve as a human doormat to the developers that own the Mayor.

If you read Nikki, you know that they're going to strike. SAG, that is.

The Daily News thinks Cortines is a good idea. I disagree. You may read why soon. But also, wasn't Cortines around when the District was at its most expansive?

There, that took all of five minutes. Now please, some hard up for publicity press club, won't you give me an award?