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Octo-mom fetches Times research effort while City and State crumble


And what did you say your position on affordable housing was? How about that solar measure?

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We're having a major civic election in a month. There are gangs moving into Los Feliz even while the police say crime continues to drop. The school's don't have a budget but they're pretty sure they want to lay off teachers anyway. The state doesn't have a budget and now has the worst credit rating in the US. The Mayor is floating a five-billion dollar proposal to make LA even more congested than it currently is. The City's homeowners are about to get rammed with a solar plan that nobody really knows the real price of. The City's renters downtown are signing leases downtown that make some 3-1 ARMs look attractive. Unemployment is...

But the former fishwrap of record devotes its research and energy into...delving deep into the babbled psyche of octo-mom.

Considerably more detail is provided in the 332 pages of documents released by the state in response to a public records request by The Times. Those paint a picture of a placid suburban childhood. Suleman herself said she was well-loved and close to her parents.

With whom she still lives, despite 33 years and fourteen kids. Fascinating! Maybe her family can all fill one of the Mayor's hundred-odd half-empty transit-hub buildings...in eighteen years...or, if they're like their mom, in thirty-three years...

Culture has never been better in the City; but politics and media have never been worse. A story trying to make octo-mom look normal would be fine--but an investigative effort is another matter. It's a newspaper like this in in times like thes that just makes you want to put two a two-word sign out in front of your house.