The City had a chance to veer towards change and the future yesterday. Instead, it opted for the status quo and the tribal past.
Paul Koretz, a status-quo lipsynch-liberal in the tradition of Eric Garcetti, was narrowly elected to Council, where he will perpetuate the devolution of westside civic life. Most westside voters aren't fully acquainted with how much a machine hack he is, but in just barely passing the District's tribal litmus, he's all set to be the Fifth's next $178,000-a-year developer's doormat.
Carmen Trutanich, a chest-thumping death-penalty advocate and a tribal throwback to whiter days in the City, looks more like a Vegas pit-boss than a savvy, sang-froid Angeleno, but the anti-incumbency mood enabled him to trounce Jack Weiss anyway. His first oppositional, uncharitable comments are not encouraging. For those of us who actually care about the way the City prosecutes its criminals, this is not a good marriage. But if you thought Bradley-Gates was good for the City, I'm sure you will love Villaraigosa-Trutanich.
Of the two races, the Times and Daily News really blew it in endorsing Tru---if they did it simply to show up the Mayor, it was out of dislike for the Mayor's record. They should have voiced their opposition when the Mayor was running, not when one of his friends was. These two newspapers can't fold up their tents soon enough; we'll be so much better off when they go bye-bye at last.