Measure B No effort sandbagged by protocol concerns
UPDATE: Daily News Sunday ed regarding Measure B says "[i]t's appalling that city leaders pushed to get a measure on the ballot without saying or knowing how much it's going to cost Angelenos."
Activist Saturday at LACC with the Alliance of Neighborhood Councils got off with a straight start out of the blocks. Though Delgadillo was a no-show, he wasn't needed after Eric Garcetti, fresh back from Washington (get used to that phrase) and billboard prohibitionist Dennis Hathaway told the Alliance of Neighborhood Councils to distinguish not so much between, say, supergraphics and signage, but between onsite and offsite billboards as the law now is obliged to. The City's reps guessed that the short billboard moratorium, in place since December 26, may be extended. By the time Rocky's surrogate showed, you almost believed the City Attorney's Office was working on behalf of the people. It would be easier to believe had not Rocky himself pocketed the billboard lobby when defeating Feuer in his first run for City Attorney.
But then, when the shifting DWP committees met, waters muddied. CityWatch exec ed Ken Draper, editor of the largest web local news digest in the City, had thrown a wrench into the DWP MOU committee machine with a CityWatch article that wondered aloud if Advocacy was an appropriate function of Understanding. The committee, after hemming and hawing, was obliged to formulate a DWP Advocacy Committee, which cost the No on B sympathizers on the MOU committee painful organizing time.
Thirty-nine days are left until the vote, and the folks against Measure B don't appear to have a Spanish-language strategy in place yet. You can bet Trujillo does.