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"Venice Beach: Everyone is Disappearing"



The dispossessed of Venice Beach are under siege.
The latest round of attacks is focused on finding an excuse to confiscate any vehicles that someone is suspected of sleeping in. Venice has always tolerated a large population of RV dwellers, it is part of the Venice Beach tradition. Now that the capitalist crisis is forcing more and more people out of their homes and apartments and into their vehicles. The LAPD, under the direction of District Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, has dusted off and started aggressively enforcing a most probably unconstitutional city ordinance against sleeping in a vehicle parked on a city street. These are people that Bill Rosendahal's own Chief of Staff, Mike Bonin has described as being "one small and fragile step from sleeping on the streets." Now Bill Rosendahl is taking what homes they have and shoving them onto the streets. At a time when our homeless population is already rapidly increasing, the LAPD is specializing in making people homeless.

In this case, we can safely blame one man for violently altering the psychic and historic relationship of Venice to the dispossessed: Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

At the councilmember's request, Police Chief Charlie Beck assigned 21 additional officers to the area. LAPD formed a Venice Homelessness Task Force, marshaling and directing resources to focus on quality-of-life crime and direct the homeless to social services. City prosecutors are training cops to build evidence against people violating laws that prohibit living in vehicles.
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You all have your candidate for Top City Council Scumbucket. Some of you hate Alarcon with a passion. Some of you completely loathe Tom LaBonge. If I had to nominate one, however, for the top slot of worst of the worst, it would be serial ghetto gentrifier Bill Rosendahl.

Ever since I saw Rosendahl yukking it up with Austin Beutner at a City Council meeting, I have been able to see right through him. He does not like people so much as power; as a former sorta journalist who was really a moderator, power is simply a novelty to him, one that he brandishes far more capriciously than any other man or woman in the City excepting Carmen the Clown. But clamping down on car camping in the middle of the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression is simply heartless. Bill Rosendahl should be ashamed.

Bitter Steve hits traffic-blocking band with felonies

Felony conspiracy. Those are the charges that some poor sot in Steve Cooley's office will bring against the band that stalled traffic on the 101 a month ago.

That was the "jam session" that Steve's buddy Carmen the Clown got stuck in.

Bitter Steve Cooley--vindictive too? The band, by the way, the Imperial Stars, has a pronounced social activist streak.

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City Disgraced!


At 6:50 this morning, another cold one on the terrace:

Griffith Park- Fern Dell, Los Angeles, California (PWS)
Updated: 18 min 18 sec ago
Clear
36.2 °F
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It turns out that LAUSD has quite an art collection.

Someone should tell the darlings at the disgraced blog MayorSam that simply cutting and pasting a Team Rudy presser is not the way to attempt to regain credibility. Rudy Martinez's opposition to Jose Huizar's watering down of the ratepayer advocate measure could be a good issue to analyze. For instance, one consequence of this will likely be that Rudy will be obliged to run without a prayer of IBEW money, and thereby try to spin that diminished straw pile into golden integrity--not impossible--even while Lord Fauntleroy D'Arcy makes Huizar beg and squirm and swear oaths for cash. But rip-'n'-reading pressers isn't analysis or even news; it's just cheerleading.

Matt Welch reappears in a highly nuanced way at the former fishwrap of record, on John McCain's "rump" opposition to DADT.

Maxine Waters has been denied due process, according to...Maxine Waters. Apparently she is taking the word "due" to mean "speedy"--which is another clause. Nonetheless HEC isn't ready for her. But according to my own House whisperers, her committee isn't ready to meet because the Dems feel that white Republicans attacking her in their expected highly partisan fashion will only backfire on the Party of No People of Color. And wait until Maxine barks back at the Committee regarding their own ties to the banking sector. Let he who is without sin...

TARP is still a bad word but it has also largely worked, and certainly been far less costly than initially imagined.

Hurrah, Hurrah, Herradura

OK, you are fed up with the Tea Party and doubt the Coffee Party--but how can you ever get enough of the Tequila Party?

Writers and other strangers


Image on Melrose, courtesy The Dirt Floor

Some thoughts I had on writers today, and on the $20 in Rodger Jacobs' bank account...

The WPA Federal Writer’s Project employed 6,600 writers. It did not launch until the Great Depression was already six years old. There is no WPA Writer’s Project on the horizon today, only EBT food stamps and Kafkaesque healthcare. And I doubt there will be on in 2013.

I think the immediate future will only offer more shakeouts before it offers better times. Right now the world of bookchat, litchat, and commentary is so meretricious and publicity-driven that everybody “knows better” than to support anyone’s cause but their own. Furiously-flapping fruit bats flitting about a cave at dusk is the image that comes to mind. But that was true for writers in the early 1930s too, when newspapers, for instance, were mostly edited by publicists beholden to the wealthy, as today.

Advertisers jumped to radio in that 1930′s climate, a key decision. When local advertisers jump to the Internet to escape the stigma of print, that will help writers, I think, especially if they’re allied with other writers.

To scapegoat the powerless Democrats, the dead-ender Republicans, or anybody at all is futile to the cause of finding sustained support. Writers who need to pay bills need to huddle to stay solvent and instead most of them are feigning more and more privilege to distinguish themselves from the needy. That, to my mind, is a losing long-term strategy. Writers without assets need to form sturdy bands with other writers, even if it is against their nature, as they did in the 1930′s, to reap what they sow. They need to belong to groups, to movements, to group blogs; they need to share readers and advertisers; they need to share money and effort. Nobody else is going to do it for them, for a long time, anyway; that’s obvious.

(and btw you can always PayPal Rodger some help at rodger_jacobs@yahoo.com)

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The secret cables only seem to reveal how deeply paranoid America's allies are at the diplomatic level. And they only figured to be so, after our own catastrophic intelligence failure of 9/11 in the executive level, and our subsequent heavily-militarized and often catastrophic responses.

It may be wise for the Congressman from New York who is more interested in scapegoating foreign media than foreign paranoia for our allies' foreign policy errors to revisit the "Douglas concurrence" from the Pentagon Papers decision:
Secrecy in government is fundamentally anti-democratic, perpetuating bureaucratic errors. Open debate and discussion of public issues are vital to our national health. On public questions there should be "uninhibited, robust, and wide-open" debate. New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 269-270.
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Jacobs v. Ulin

Here's a web cache of the video updating Rodger Jacobs' and Lela Michael's path deux doigts away from the street.

One irony I can't help but coming away with from the video: even through their time of trouble, Rodger and Lela have read, together, about sixty books in the past three months, and even managed to review three or four new titles. Meanwhile, at our own former fishwrap of record, David Ulin, who purports to be a book review guy, has written a book celebrating David Ulin's own reading habits even while dismissing the habits of others, even while it turns out his own habits aren't so mighty after all. You really have to wince. While Ulin's own book has largely been dismissed as being thin as piss on a rock, the LA Times former book review editor wouldn't even think of giving someone like Rodger Jacobs a book to review in his time of ordeal, even though Ulin and his in-house publicist Carolyn Kellogg were cherry-picking Jacobs' blog all through the runup to Jacobs' hard times.

I do recall receiving once, in response to a pitch I made hopeful to review one of John Shannon's books, correspondence from Ulin protesting that I was a friend of Shannon's. Now how the hell would Ulin come to conclude that? I mean, absent monitoring Rodger's sites for clues on what to read?

[Never mind the red herring regarding "knowing" someone--I don't think I've seen Shannon more than ten times in my life--as disqualification for writing about them. Carolyn Kellogg has seen David Ulin quite a bit, and she ceaselessly promotes her boss anyway. I suppose Ulin's fine about that.]

All this is partly why I think the LA Times these days is mostly for precious, bourgeois-leaning, publicity-churning whores: because those who actually do need the money and are qualified to write for it are too big of a threat to the status quo publicity mill there to draw even a one-off honorarium from it.

Another Cold Evening on the Terrace




That's Phil Jennerjahn on the front page of the Los Feliz Ledger this week. The paper is featuring candidates for Tom LaBonge's CD4 Council seat, and this week it profiles Phi.

Alas, it doesn't quite have the temerity to report the simple fact that Phil is Republican, or that he routinely calls Democrats "budget destroying socialists," which may have been of interest to voters.

Nor of course does it mention that Phil withdrew from consideration in this race last week--he pulled out of the race just after the issue went to press.

Elsewhere:

After LA County's legal costs peaked two years ago, they dropped off this past fiscal year, mercifully.

Only the former fishwrap of record could care whether Angel's Flight costs one quarter or two. That clown at the top of the flight pockets your quarter half the time anyway, by sticking his hand over the fare box so you have to hand it over to him--then when you split, he pockets the money. Sometime check his pocket for quarters when he gets off and you'll see where all the money goes. And who cares if he does? I'm sure the MTA doesn't pay him enough either.

Looks like one of the bloggers for the widely discredited MayorSam blog has finally stumbled on an official bird to represent it.

Nobody really likes this LA Opera production of Lohengrin. Not Rodney Punt. No, not Donna Perlmutter either. Most of those who saw the same company do Lohengrin a decade ago are indeed aghast.

Do you want a good investing tip? First off, don't listen to this guy (and I don't mean Mark, I mean, don't listen to the ghost of Gordon Murray). Or anyone like him. OK, next...subtract your age from 100. You're left with a figure north of fifty if you're young and south of fifty if you're old. Whatever the figure, it's the absolute maximum percentage of the aggregate worth of your portfolio (which never includes the value of your principle residence, of course) that should be invested in stocks. Any higher than that, and you're just begging for trouble later. Keep the balance in bonds and cash, T-Bills, etc. And in my own opinion...you could easily take that absolute maximum percentage figure and cut it in half.

Day off on the Terrace



Getting serious: Rudy Martinez at Midnight Mission, Thanksgiving morn.

The NYTimes weighs in on our rail transit plans: "Taken together, these developments have emboldened mass transit enthusiasts here and lent credibility to what has become something of a legacy project for Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, who ran for office pledging to build a transit system that would upend long-established commuting habits and ease what has long been a bane of life in Los Angeles."
What once seemed a quixotic vision — the “Subway to the Sea,” connecting Union Station in downtown to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica — no longer seems quite so quixotic.

At the same time, Los Angeles received $546 million from the federal government to build, over the next 10 years, an 8.5-mile above-ground light-rail line from the Crenshaw district to Los Angeles International Airport.

&c. If you live in Los Feliz or Pasadena, the impact of subways and light rail transit have already been with you for a decade. Life on the westside simply feels to you like life in another city. Waxman, after blocking transit to the Westside himself for years, now hopes that Republicans don't return the favor. “This is the kind of idea that some Republicans may even find attractive, It’s tremendously important. I see that whenever I’m at home and in my car: it’s just terrible traffic.”

There were fewer parents than school takeover applicants at a "community" meeting regarding Taylor Yard.

This is simply great news all around: Little Tokyo Lofts sold twenty-two lofts on a single day. They were indeed priced to sell. Simple, honest prices, simple honesty from the developer about the situation, and simple, honest reporting by Ryan Vaillancourt about a developer "looking for premium prices in a building many consider to be in Skid Row" all are highly encouraging signs for downtown. "Units in the building sold for $200 to $261 per square foot. The most desirable unit, a 6th-floor, two-level, 1,507-square foot loft originally listed at $1.2 million, sold for $393,750, Troen said. An 864-square-foot unit on the third floor sold for $173,250."

In 2042, the Minnesota Vikings, led by 76-year-old Brett Favre, may come to Los Angeles.



Cold on the Terrace

I'm throwing a blanket over the dwarf lemon tonight because the overnight expected low for 90027 is supposed to be 36°. The last time it was expected to be that low, it did indeed freeze over on the terrace. If you live in any shady canyon or Sunland Tujunga and have citrus still on any trees, I would recommend covering it too.

Fortunately, nothing's on the verge of blooming. It's a good time of year for a frost.

It's Kamala!



In time for everyone to have a good holiday and then get back to work.

Steve Cooley conceded defeat today to Kamala Harris in the political slugfest for California attorney general, aides said.

Cooley's concession came 22 days after ballots were cast, with his Democratic opponent, left, holding a lead of about 51,500 votes, representing a lead of about a half percentage points in a race that also attracted four minor candidates.

Harris' victory represents another blow for the Republican Party, which lost statewide races from governor to controller to secretary of state....

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Scrolls. Pixels. Skype. &c. Also, Jonah Goldberg hearts Benedict XVI.

It is often painful it is to watch someone learning the ropes from Jill Stewart--but rarely this painful. This post by Simone Wilson spells scepter "septor", calls media pressure from Ron Kaye "liberal," labels DWP activist Jack Humphreville a "gadfly" (he's the reason there's a ratepayer prop on the March ballot), quotes a Rudy Martinez presser as news, and thinks a photo tagline like Only dirty incumbents use Italics at the widely-discredited Republican astroturf blog MayorSam is humorous. It also calls Eric Hacopian "sudden city-brain" for some reason (he's even managed a candidate in this very CD before), thinks a campaign gift of $150,000 to oneself is indicative of "enormous personal wealth" (uh...) and posits that Hacopian is "scouring the blogs of said city-watchers on the daily" (really?) The Weekly could use a "sudden city-brain" itself.

LCF Forever and Ever: Cooley is walking toast. Pasty white people in ten-year-old shirts that sorta don't fit anymore are crying in their martinis at Taylor's. "Cooley, if he was professional enough, would call Harris before she cuts her turkey on Thursday," Bob Mulholland says. Every death row inmate in the State gets a four-year reprieve.

To be an insurgent local candidate, you need a sturdy shoe. Steven Box tromps the precincts of CD 4 in Nunn Bush. Brad Smith in CD 12 favors Rockports.

Ed Padgett is now the Mayor of the Los Angeles Times Olympic Plant, ousting Wendy C. If you don't know what that means, good for you.

Healing the State



The hardworking, ever caretaking California Nurses Union god love them (who also busted Schwarzenegger's balls in 2005) referred Nicky Diaz to Gloria Allred, the SF Chronicle scoops this morning. Don't mess with nurses. Or any other ordinary heroic workers in the State of California.

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My friend Doug Bandow, a vet of the Reagan Administration, tears apart George W. Bush's "comeback", reminds us of the meddling, kegger atmosphere of the Bush presidency, and suggests the ill-suited president should serve out the rest of his life in Texas, quietly.

There is rancor about Steve Cooley's attempts to manipulate the AG's race.

The former fishwrap of record calls the Coastal Commission "authoritarian"--for wishing to keep beaches open 24/7. That's an incredible word choice from people who are purportedly top local editors.

David Brock, remember him, &c., is trying to put together a Democratic counterweight to the Republican groups.

The Weekly may not be able to attract readers with writing anymore, so it tries attracting them with billingsgate.

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You're not going to get much done before Wednesday. Volunteer opportunities here. Just walk out of your cubicle and do it. Nobody will even miss you.

A reminder: Los Angeles remains the homeless capital of America. It's going to be cold this week, low forties at night in fact. Let's get a few more of the displaced off the streets, please.

Meanwhile, in the middle of all this pain and suffering, the billionaires who control the Republican party have killed an unemployment benefits extension. Even while the same billionaires want more tax cuts for themselves. The hillbillies haven't figured out yet that if their rich folk didn't give them jobs when they were getting richer, they really just don't care what happens to them at all. Nor do they remember how the economy took off only after Clinton taxed the rich. There are no pat downs on entering Lear jets either.

Looming battles over California's toxic chemicals law.

Valley naybors will complain about anything, and now they are arguing about the extent to which they might be ignored in the planning process should changes be implemented. Ron Kaye may have conditioned them to feel that way; it would be interesting to see how many nayborhood council groups in the Valley are remaindered Valley secessionists.

Mimosas on the Terrace



The odd fall weather has brought out nasturtiums way early.

Tea Party Civil War? Hatfields v. McCoys, undoubtedly.

The former fishwrap of record embarrasses again. This time, they editorially worry about the plastic bag ban because it causes problems for big box retailers and chain stores. And guess who the paper now depends on most for advertising? The very same. It's kind of funny watching Sue Horton and Rob Greene now inking retail culture agitprop. At least Jill Stewart could have done it remorselessly.

The national shaming of the TSA--which much deserves to be shamed--by the rightwing echo chamber is hilarious to watch unfold. The hillbillies are now arriving at the very same side held by the ACLU since time immemorial. Please welcome to the fight for civil liberties a bunch of indignant crackers for whom bodyscans are "porn". Where have you been all these years? Of course, they are also trying to blame Obamar for everything, which is a little like blaming the president when the glue on the back of your postage stamp fails to adhere to the envelope.

LAUSD cancels a second fat contract in as many weeks.

There is still much confusion bouncing through our comments on the CPIO Ordinance. You do get the feeling from reading them that the City's planning process is better off when ordinary citizens do not have to compete on the jargon-riddled home turf of the land use consultant; you even get the feeling that they missed all the PLUM meetings on this issue because they don't really want to compete. And this may be the biggest breakthrough of all with CPIO: ordinary people can have ordinary dialogs about planning issues with their Councilmember's office, and hold them accountable for planning too, not just the Mayor, without having to resort to playing on the home turf of the developer. Every now and then, your city actually does something right. Also, to call LoGrande inexperienced is an ad hominem argument; i.e., a weak one. Even an inexperienced clock is right twice a day.

"A neighborhood without easy access to fresh, affordable food is not sustainable," an architect tells the LA Times. And the scribe writes it down and reports it, because it is so true. It may yet turn out that running water is important too. Meanwhile, SCI-Arc people make a voyeuristic field study of a community garden in Watts.

Los Angeles more horrible than anywhere, because of rabid bats, &c. Srsly. It is! A bunch of New York temps agree.

Lies of the Scribes, Part XLIV

More on the serial liars at the LA Weekly, who called the CPIO Ordinance "stealth" and "hyper-rushed" this week.

Council File: 09-2199
Title: Community Plan Implementation Overlay
Date Received / Introduced 09/03/2009
Last Change Date 11/15/2010
Expiration Date 11/10/2012
Reference Numbers
Case 2009-437-CA
Related Cases:
CPC-09-439-CA; CPC-09-441-CA ENV 2009-438-ND
City Attorney Report:
R10-0339

Los Angeles City Planning Commission File Activities
Date / Activity
09/04/2009 Document(s) submitted by Los Angeles City Planning Commission, as follows:

Los Angeles City Planning Commission, dated September 3, 2009, relative to a proposed ordinance to establish a Community Plan Implementation Overlay, adding new Supplemental Use District that will provide a new zoning tool; etc.

[reverse chron from here]

11/15/2010 City Clerk transmitted file to Mayor. Last day for Mayor to act is November 25, 2010.
11/10/2010 Council adopted item, subject to reconsideration, pursuant to Council Rule 51.
11/05/2010 City Clerk scheduled item for Council on November 10, 2010 .
11/02/2010 Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved item(s) .
10/30/2010 Community Impact Statement submitted by Studio City Neighborhood Council.
10/26/2010 Planning and Land Use Management Committee continued item to/for November 2, 2010.
10/22/2010 Planning and Land Use Management Committee scheduled item for committee meeting on October 26, 2010.
10/06/2010 City Attorney document(s) referred to Planning and Land Use Management Committee.
10/05/2010 Document(s) submitted by City Attorney, as follows: City Attorney report R10-0339, dated October 4, 2010, relative to a draft ordinance amending Sections and adding a new Section to the Los Angeles Municipal Code to enable the establishment of Community Plan Implemenation Overlay Districts (CPIO).
10/16/2009 Final Council Action.
10/14/2009 Council adopted item, subject to reconsideration, pursuant to Council Rule 51.
10/08/2009 City Clerk scheduled item for Council on October 14, 2009.
10/06/2009 Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved as amended.
10/01/2009 Planning and Land Use Management Committee scheduled item for committee meeting on October 6, 2009.
09/04/2009 Los Angeles City Planning Commission document(s) referred to Planning and Land Use Management Committee.


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More Development, or Better Development?




Jon Regardie of the Downtown News talks to many who are considered "the usual suspects" by neighborhood groups in this synopsis of City initiatives devoted to streamlining the development process in town. LA's development community plans for jumping planning and permitting hurdles were presented to the LA Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday--and it doesn't sound like many neighbors were invited.

But the neighbors, who often yap about exclusion, should mark their calendars for next Tuesday:

The effort involves bringing in an outside consultant. The team of Century City-based KH Consulting Group and Woolpert, a national firm with local offices in Pasadena, won the contract in a bidding process coordinated by the Department of Building and Safety. They are scheduled to go before the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 23.
&c. To get a grip on their mindset, get thee to PLUM, and, er, see you next Tuesday. Transparency is also cited from the First Deputy who would be Efficiency King, Austin Beutner:
He hopes to create a similar online system that allows developers to know where their projects stand as they deal with the up to 17 city departments that can now impact a project. Currently, he noted, developers can get bogged down trying to navigate those departments, all of which have different websites. The goal, he said, is to create efficiency and transparency.
&c. &c. It would have helped credibility had Beutner commenced this slouching towards transparency at somewhere other than the LACoC, but it seems that by "transparency" he means for developers, and not for public input in development.

Here's what we were taught, years ago: when you put a building up on a public street, which it will occupy for thirty-five years at minimum, the public have an interest in what happens on that public street. It's not just my memory: it's the point of Roger Sherman's recent celebrated book, LA Under the Influence.
Architect Roger Sherman contends "that property stakeholder negotiations not only shape a city but also influence the development of its smallest common increment: the individual parcel." Via a number of case studies in Los Angeles he argues that architects should find influence in the negotiating process, taking part in it instead of focusing on a form and making the site and its surrounding conditions yield to it.
And so should neighbors find influence. They can't easily do it by arguing policy, but they can do it by arguing projects. If the Building & Safety revamping becomes arguments about arcane policy points alone, it will devolve. If it becomes about what kinds of projects will especially benefit, the argument will evolve, and engage the communities these firms and this City should also aspire to serve.

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It must have been casual Friday yesterday, too.

An exceedingly facile editorial in the former fishwrap of record suggests that "Maybe if she'd [Meg Whitman] simply paid Diaz Santillan the $5,500 she owed her in the first place — the price of a mere 152 more votes — she would have won." Embarrassing.

It takes a government agency to document what we already have known for fifteen years: that our health care organizations all suck, but Aetna outperforms the others very slightly. "In the quality report card, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Health Net Inc., UnitedHealthcare and Cigna Corp. received the lowest possible ratings — poor — for customer service. Aetna Inc. earned a slightly better rating of fair."

Do women make real, lasting friendships? Time Magazine wonders. The stigma has long been with us. There was a saying at the commercial bank I worked at: "If two men disagree on nineteen of twenty points, but agree on the twentieth, there will be a deal. If two women agree on nineteen of twenty points, but disagree on the twentieth, there will be a war over that point, and no deal." That kind of thinking alone led to stigmatizing and pigeonholing, and put businesswomen on the defensive.

Tom Christie is leaving the melting-away Culver City sugar cube that the LA Weekly has become. Christie brought some gravitas to the paper's arts and culture section. The way Drex Heikes' hires have worked out, I am not optimistic about the section's future.

BREAKING: Villaraigosa to make annoncement re NFL

Probably not the whole stadium deal, but probably pretty close...coming up at 2:30 p.m. The Mayor will speak live to Fox Sports Radio, AM 570.

Broken: it's a pre-recorded segment from last night. Only news is that he met with the NFL commish, and that the NFL has other biz before LA. Excerpts:

"Look, we'd love to have a football team, and I'll let you all know that I was at a meeting with [Commissioner] Roger Goodell in New York, that's the first time I've announced that...my hope is, once they address the collective bargaining agreement, they'll put their heads together and bring football to Los Angeles....up to now, the economics just weren't there, my hope is that they'll put that [the collective bargaining agreement] to bed...I hope they'll consider it..."

"I don't want to kiss and tell but again, nothing's going to happen before there's a collective bargaining agreement. We've made it clear that the city taxpayers won't foot the bill."

Ron Kaye's Weekly

I don't know that the LA Weekly really has the intellectual firepower to weigh in on planning issues anymore. I think, quite frankly, that they know this, and they turn a little too often to the engagingly untempered thoughts of Ron Kaye to supply editorial direction. And I also know that I don't like to see that lack of the Weekly's firepower inflated in the blogosphere, where it means something different than it does in print. The blogosphere, like Kaye, is reactionary; but should Mike Lacey's for-profit Weekly be so shrill as a neighorhood-shaking, community-organizing, reactionary blog is, even when making pointless points?

We already know that Jill Stewart hates the Mayor; we already know that she, like me, like Ron Kaye, and like some others who cannot come near the autocrat, are not fussy for Austin Beutner either; and we already know that Steven Leigh Morris is a dynamic theater critic who moonlights as a civic observer beholden to the malaprop-riddled editorial whims of Stewart. Nonetheless, there is no reason, not even strident partisanship, for trumpeting in print the kind of theater Morris and Stewart are bringing to your neighbors about the CPIO Ordinance. Just watch the Kaye Stewart & Morris firm at work, with the junior partner supplying the key drama:

Morris calls this measure --Community Plan Implementation Overlay -- "the most stealth legislation to sweep through Los Angeles City Hall in recent memory."

Really, now--what precisely does that mean? LA Neighbors United, for one, was all over it. Ron Kaye and Clean Sweep, for another, were all over it. And yours truly was all over it. Stealth?

By calling this "Stealth legislation," Morris objects to the speed of this legislation--legislative alacrity otherwise being our hope rather than our LA experience--and is all but saying in addition that these, our sturdy and collected voices, are not only insignificant, but we don't even count at all! (This is why, I'm sure, all of us spend a few ill-begotten hours a week talking to the city's most nefarious political consultants and also some of its most wobbly-kneed editors.) Despite this coverage, generous by most other measures regarding planning issues, in the Stewart-bizarro-continuum, this just has B-1B bomber stigma dripping all over it, this CPIO Ordinance. It not only happened quickly, even urgently...it also threatens to hand planning issues over to...wait for it...the Planning Department...and City Councilmembers too!

No issue has crippled the Villaraigosa mayoralty as have the planning issues we observe with our own eyes at street level every day: transit hub development gone amok, congestion gone insane, 80-unit condos gone wild in formerly pleasant neighborhoods. Now, thanks to the CPIO Ordinance, we the people get a chance to hold the Wendys and the Toms and the Erics accountable too, even while they might have formerly said, "our hands are tied, we can't do anything, much as we would like to..." which has always been a lie anyway. Nothing stealth about democracy, waiting to happen the second some development stooge tries to pull a fast one in your district.

In the future, you may even find that is is far easier to lean on your ceaselessly bought-off Councilmember than it is to impact a purportedly neutral Environmental Impact Report all by your lonesome. And if you have a posse, all the more influence you'll have. That isn't always true when the land use sharks nibble at the EIRs and leave your input out.

Well, if you don't count identity theft

"Not since the 1960s has Los Angeles been this free of crime," says a gushing ed at the former fishwrap of record regarding the first year of Chief Beck's tenure. The fact that every third person you know has had money directly stolen out of their bank account doesn't count as crime, I suppose.

Corporate-cuddling Fox News ramps up on Charter schools

If you're ready for more corporate-cuddling commentary from Fox News, here is a transcript of their "report" on Charter schools. No problems! All innovation! Better students!

CHARACTER BUILDING AND VALUES.

CHARTER TEACHERS SAY THOSE THINGS CREATE BETTER STUDENTS.

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Journalistic ethics, hah hah, &c.

Only child Ted Koppel said a few things this weekend that are garnering attention about the way the nation's news collectors collect their news. Of course, "objectivity" has always been the subjective notion of fiftysomething white males, of which yours truly is indeed one. But I have to confess I like the new partisan environment more than the old fraudulently "objective" one, and not only because it makes us more like Paris, the American heaven.

The "ethics" of journalism has always been mostly for hypocrites, the ironic method by which they bully less certain, younger scribes. Journalistic ethics are taught largely by fiftysomething white males who can no longer break stories (if they ever could) nor practice their trade anymore to useful full employment.

There was nothing "ethical" about the way Woodstein broke the Watergate cover-up story, the most important story in American journalism in our lifetimes. Ben Bradlee was often invited to Fred Friendly's ethics seminars, but neither of them had much of a heart and less of a stomach for journalistic ethics in truth, and both were only too glad to produce segments that were alternately wildly slanted, abundantly imaginative, and begotten by illicit means. In days of old, ethics were no part of newsrooms at all: you were encouraged to get the story, even if it meant ripping books from the library, stealing from your crosstown scribe, staking out the mayor's daughter's boyfriend, &c.

Locally, some of the least ethical people in journalism are some of the most noted ethical sermonizers. All else in journalism has failed for them, so finger-wagging is their would-be ticket to remaining relevant. These cannot quit their day jobs, so they grow bitter and try to make younger, fresher voices play by rules they never bothered with themselves. But really, if you go a generation beyond the hacks, you find a whole ruin-like layer of even older hacks saying things like, "If you're not sued once in a while, you're not in business," and "A writer is always selling someone out." What is mostly missing from today's media mix is the oldest Hearstian recipe for successful journalism of all: catch others, but don't get caught yourself.

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Plastic-free zone.


If you don't know, yesterday went like this: Harris pulled further ahead of Cooley, then plateaued. The County passed a widespread plastic bag ban yesterday for the County's unincorporated areas, which includes a 10 cent charge per paper bag distributed; Yaroslavsky calls it a strike against "urban tumbleweeds." The LAUSD canceled a $3.7 million construction consulting contract with Consilia LLC, mostly because it looked like it had performed its work as a subcontractor, a District no-no. And Bill Nye the Science Guy collapsed mid-sentence in a speech to students at USC, and students responded by tweeting it.

There's no question: murder is on the upswing in the City. And the murder of Ronnie Chasen, a Beverly Hills crime, has rattled everybody in Hollywood. No leads the heat will talk about.

I don't think a DWP Ratepayer Advocate would have done a thing anyway--it's kind of like a student council liaison to your school's board of trustees--but it will do even less now.

But here's something worthwhile on the March ballot--and it's from Garcetti and Huizar--a raising of the funds available to matching fund candidates.

A guy at Breitbart's big bluehair blog gets a traffic ticket and sees a vast conspiracy.

Nobody from LA is being considered for the new State redistricting commission, hah hah.

Some words in defense of Venice's "mobile-migratory lifestyle", from one of the practitioners.

Unrelated: a civic Med420 tax will hit the March ballot.

"He should be scared," Martinez says of Huizar



I dunno if he should be yet. The vid is surprisingly clunky from a guy who's been involved in TV. By presenting four points, it makes it hard to remember one; by jump-cuts, it makes it look like he's less articulate than he is (one old-school rule we coulda told you in Hollywood is, if you're going to use jump-cuts, use two cameras and vary the angle by 30 degrees...)

Rudy Martinez is actually far from glib, further than this video makes him appear, and Jose Huizar of Berkeley and Princeton ironically may not be so far; but Jose always thinks like a politician, very naturally, and that works better on video. Transparency, Martinez says, is the biggest issue of all, but this is something pols call for ad nauseum, and people currently in the horseshoe call for it--and what kind of transparency is he talking about? I believe Rudy needs to be stronger than this, especially on video, to make it a race.

UPDATE: Huizar's campaign manager Michael Trujillo tells street-hassle, "Voters just got done with a tough election, the time will come where voters are ready to engage again in politics, but right now I am more concerned about mosquito bites than anything Rudy Martinez has to say."

The Krekorian Axes




There are at least two thorny but navigable political axes in Councilman Paul Krekorian's district, about which so many political decisions there must turn: the Armenian community axis--which people vote either enthusiastically for or against--and the anti-development axis--ditto. Building momentum to a degree that it might stand as a third bringer of depth to all political thought in the Councilman's office is the burgeoning concern for public schooling; you might call this, should it emerge as politically important, the Lydia Grant axis.

Consider for a moment the degree to which these axes have informed chatter in what would otherwise be a political no-brainer: the brouhaha currently taking place in the district regarding whether or not the unused space owned by Home Depot should sell Christmas trees. A leftover battle from the earlier No2HomeDepot movement, some in the community think that merely letting Home Depot lease the lot to a seasonal vendor is menacing to the community, &c.

Added into the mix more recently is the successful political exploitation of a long-standing problem: the administration of a local school. Ms. Grant's long-standing outrage regarding Sunland Tujunga's Mt. Gleason school has taken on a national dimension, as did Abby Diamond's courageous crusade against Home Depot. Ms. Grant's affiliation with Parent Revolution, a nationally-subsidized organization that many teachers do not trust, has enabled her to mobilize parts of the community that haven't been mobilized before, and both for and against.

With the CRA declining, the Governor certain to snatch redevelopment funds, and CPIO-enabled "micro-districts" coming increasingly susceptible to whims of Council planning, the anti-development forces in Sunland Tujunga have been all but politically obsoleted--they simply are a fact of life, a community given. Which is probably a bad thing for Krekorian, a man who won election in large part because the community viewed his opponent Chris Essel, the Mayor's pick for the district, who now heads the beleaguered CRA, as far more beholden to the development interests than Krekorian.

The Armenian axis is non-negotiable: people in the District either vote that way or they don't. The anti-development axis is still very strong in the northeast center of the district but also becoming as non-negotiable as the Armenian axis; as the Christmas tree kerfluffle demonstrates, people aren't getting any friendlier towards outlanders and won't be anytime soon. But who Krekorian--a former school board member who is savvy on educational matters, and who most distinguished himself in debates with Chris Essel in his fluidity regarding educational matters in the district--supports for various school board seats, whether he sides with teachers, administrators, or charters, or nobody at all, will loom large in his immediate future as he ponders what role next: Council president, maybe, or maybe a bid for City Attorney, or even maybe, most simply, Councilman to the District with two-and-a-half political axes, for another eleven years.

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Who would have thought that Arnold Schwarzenegger would give a better eulogy than David Lynch? Yet that's what happened yesterday at Dino De Laurentis's funeral as Schwarzenegger told his anecdotes extemporaneously while Lynch nervously read his tribute. Pastor Kostelnik presided at the Cathedral. Giada De Laurentis read one of the intercessions. Friends and family were asked to wear red, and many did.

Why do Latinos outlive both Anglos and Blacks, and why isn't the phenomenon studied more? Is it the jalapeño? Is it the Bud Light? The distaste for alarm clocks? We need to know!

Ron Kaye says the ballot measures that Council is considering will "clog the ballot with phony reform measures that will do little or nothing to solve the pension crisis with its billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities or the budget crisis that threatens to force the city into bankruptcy." The real fights will be over DWP reform measures.

An LA Times story confirms that measuring teachers by the way their students perform on a standardized test should not be an exclusive way of rating them. Yet when they published the ratings of teachers, this kind of numerical ranking was the only data-point the public knew on any of them. And Jill Stewart blamed the teacher's union president, rather than the paper, for the suicide of a teacher anyway.

Undocumented immigrants can now pay California tuition, rather than out-of-state tuition, legally. That saves them bundles.

Facebook ramps up person-to-person communication.

A grand, sweeping, honor-bound, dutiful Japanese-American life ends in tragedy as what we used to call an idiot pushes the 84.year-old woman off of the Metro platform at First and Alameda.

My opinion: Newsweek merged with nothing but broken junk when it merged with The Daily Beast. Tina Brown, who was far down the list of hopefuls, has never wanted to do anything other than make a mess; the woman stands for absolutely nothing, and certainly not journalistic integrity of any stripe. Both organizations lose lots of money; at least they can share a building doing so.

Education supplanting Development as key Republican issue?


Betsy Butler with ArcLight amigos

What are the dominant political paradigms that are emerging in Los Angeles County's assertively Democratic political climate? In the wake of their devastating statewide defeat on November 2, some local Republican opportunists hope that education will become the issue-du-jour around which Los Angeles's conservative communities might most effectively mobilize.

Rightwing charter school lobbyists at Parent Revolution staged a micro-media coup a few weeks ago when Davis Guggenheim secured a community-based screening of Waiting for Superman at ArcLight tonight. (They also secured a screening for the film at ArcLight Manhattan Beach last week, and Betsy Butler fell for it.) Their hope is to supplant anti-development momentum in the County with momentum for charter schools.

By vilifying schools--including their teachers--in general, rather than school administration in particular, Republicans hope to break the kinds of unions of ordinary workers--teachers, nurses, firemen--that have kept the State from acceding to the kind of Republican representation the rest of the country voted for in the recent election.

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The former fishwrap of record follows up on the diminishing solar subsidies story. "The proposal to cut subsidies for rooftop solar comes at a time when the utility is planning large-scale renewable energy plants, transporting electricity on transmission lines from outside the city. Activists have protested against "Big Solar," saying that industrial power plants are ultimately more expensive than rooftop panels, as well as disruptive to endangered wildlife such as desert tortoises. However, planners say that centralized large-scale solar, rather than distributed rooftop units, make the electricity distribution easier to manage."

Gregory Rodriguez: "A 2009 Zogby poll found that an overwhelming majority of people in Mexico thought the primary loyalty of Mexican Americans -- both Mexico- and U.S.-born -- should be to Mexico. Just 20% said it should be to the U.S. // It's an utterly false picture..." But then he goes on only to validate it.

Even so, every time someone yells "anchor baby" they drive more Latinos into the Democratic camp, a Times editorial says.

LAPD does too much racial profiling, the Feds say.

ParentRevolution has successfully co-opted the HuffPo in the Waiting for Superman propaganda campaign. Screening at ArcLight tonight. Beverly Hills attorney Ben Austin will be part of the panel.

Rick Orlov has most of the major local candidate filings Friday. The deleted post guy at MayorSam has some of the others.

Another teachers' tale

Hoping to get their claws on more public property for free, corporations would have you believe that it's teachers that are the problem with elementary and secondary education. Here's a tale from our city that indicates that when unleashed to full potential, teachers are the solution, and administration is the problem.

Proponents say teachers can turn floundering schools into flourishing ones if allowed the freedom to innovate to meet the needs of their students. That means allowing teachers to hire who they want, spend funds as they see fit, and customize everything from curriculum to calendar - as long as they meet state and federal mandates.

"The current system constrains teachers quite significantly - teachers are one stop on the assembly line," said Tim McDonald, associate at Education Evolving, an education-reform nonprofit. "It's the system that's causing the failure, not the teachers."

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Mimosas on the Terrace


Street art, Silver Lake, @ The Dirt Floor


"Wanna try Korean taco or Vietnamese taco?" Downtown Art Walk isn't much about art. It is more about condoms, food trucks, and "feeling like New York"--to wit, simulating urbanism.

The raid on Club 907 have caused hutesium et clamor among immigration rights advocates.

The DWP is reducing the incentives for homeowners and businesses to convert to solar power. That doesn't sit well with a lot of people here who want to realize full conversion benefits, and a movement is afoot to push back against the cuts. Zine sides with the DWP, but the rest of Council is shaky or opposed to the DWP's recent actions. Koretz says the cuts "will devastate the program" that the Mayor's DWP has been selling us since he's been in office.

The Airport Commission is starting to look like LA's new Coliseum Commission. Plans are afoot to develop the Bradley terminal to an extent that air traffic controllers won't have a good look at what goes on behind it. The controllers call the development plans "unsafe."

Maestro Dudamel did not get good reviews outside of LA, but that matters little to the former fishwrap of record, who now put forward an editorial saying "You go, dudes" to the Phil for bringing concerts to theaters.

Micro-planning can become even sillier than City planning: the Mid City West Neighborhood Council wants to dictate to Trader Joe's what it can and can't sell. This is what happens when planning trickles down to the neighborhood level, and it is what can happen when your neighborhood council has a say in local schooling too.

Elsmere Canyon, spared.

Leonard Isenberg v. the LAUSD

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer picks up the story of Leonard Isenberg, in two parts, an LAUSD teacher who tried to challenge the validity of the district graduating students, and who not only got suspended...but got handcuffed too.

Here's where the tragedy continues. Throughout his teaching career, Mr. Isenberg had received outstanding job performance evaluations with not a single negative "stull" (teacher evaluation) in his file. Yet, shortly after filing the complaint, school administrators began to visit his classroom, which resulted in several negative evaluations and suspensions. As the school principal said, according to Mr. Isenberg, "This is war...I like war."

In February of this year, Mr. Isenberg was removed from his classroom. He was initially asked to leave for violating the privacy of an 18-year-old student who had, in fact, given him written permission (his parents did too) to videotape an interview in which the student admitted participating in many of the appalling practices I discussed in my previous post. Mr. Isenberg refused to leave until he had the opportunity to remove his personal files and information from the school computer he was allowed to use for both school and personal use (which was being confiscated as "evidence"). The LAUSD police officer then handcuffed Mr. Isenberg in front of his students and forcibly removed him from class.


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Sunday is the sixth annual Run for Her, an ovarian cancer benefit conducted by Cedars Sinai. It's a 5K Run/Walk at Pan Pacific Park. Starts at 9 a.m. and it is one of the most uplifting such benefits of all. Ovarian cancer has a far higher morbidity rate than breast cancer and raising awareness is much needed, as is a better screener for the malady.

Nelson Rising suddenly resigned from OMG Office Trust. (You know that's really MPG, right?) We'll be watching closely to see if he re-emerges as director of Downtown Art Walk.

Budding neocon David Feith, of all people, son of the man once called "The dumbest f--king guy on the planet" by General Tommy Franks, had a piece in theWSJ on the planet about California's parent trigger law. He starts off by assuring the paleocons who read the Journal that this is "an innovation of a liberal activist group called Parent Revolution." Parent Revolution is in my opinion a mere corporate-cuddling group run by a Beverly Hills attorney, Ben Austin in the hope that we might hand over to public property to private interests.

I find this interesting: Lucky Jeans is moving to a building near Sci-Arc. Lucky Jeans, erstwhile of Vernon, is a damn good success story and its top tier employees must be delighted with the move. But the City is giving away breaks on Water & Power and tax credits to lure the company...which means you and I, who do not get these breaks, are subsidizing the move.

Administrative penalties to USC University Hospital and four other southland hospitals.

If whooping cough isn't already an epidemic in Los Angeles County, it will be soon. 429 cases in October. You work hard enough, and you have sick days: if you're sick, please be sick at home and encourage others to do so. If you have whooping cough or catch it, you'll be home for quite a while.

Busy gallery weekend. Notable to us: Louis Stern with this Richard Wilson opening tonight , friend David Crocker with a private show tomorrow, and friend Tod Mesirow has a show at Golden State Cafe on Fairfax tomorrow too.

Later today at street-hassle: teacher Leonard Isenberg v. the LAUSD.

Kamala surges ahead again

Zenyatta may yet beat Blame to the wire.

Kamala D. Harris (Dem)~~~~~4,044,927~~~~45.9%
Steve Cooley (Rep)~~~~~~~~4,039,351 ~~~~45.8%

&c. Cooley released a presser scapegoating every Republican but Cooley for being so damn Republican in such a big Democratic (hak-cough) year.

UPDATE: Garcetti, taking some time away from his day job, crunches, says:
I expect the remaining votes to break in Harris' favor by about 25,000 votes if they reflect the percentages in these counties on the day after Election Day. But since there is ample reason to believe that the remaining votes (late VBMs and provisionals) will break a few percentage points more in Harris' favor, she could pick up an additional 2-5% of this vote, giving her another 4-10,000 votes. This would leave Harris with a win of about 40-45,000 votes in the end.
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Fishwrap goes bonkers for Pelosi

I know you didn't read this editorial in the former fishwrap of record this morning. I know that, because you are reading right now, therefore your head did not explode.
Judged solely by her record, and not by GOP attacks trying to paint her as either a Leninist or the Wicked Witch of the West, Pelosi deserves to stay on as her party's leader.
Judging solely by her record. Also today, Robert Greene and Sue Horton are looking to score more Owsley yellow sunshine. If Nancy Pelosi had one thing to do with picking up the key seats in the Ohio Valley in 2006, please notify us--we missed that.

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Rudy Martinez on Kevin James, angling for CD14 insomniacs

Someone tell Stephen Box that when you're an alternative candidate and there's something in your ear, this is more or less how you're supposed to look.

Janice Hahn bows out of consideration for Jenny Oropeza's State Senate seat. She endorses Ted Lieu for the seat.

Santa Monica thinks it can reduce traffic by reducing its cabs. That's the biggest mis-step we've seen the city make in a while.

The LAUSD opens up truancy centers at eight schools. Truancy centers are an historic part of the Irish American experience.

Griffith Park activist Kristin Sabo much dislikes Tomas O'Grady's run against Tom LaBonge in CD4, and now Joe Barrett expresses his contempt for the candidate as well. At Twitter, "LACityNews" seems to have bizarrely outsized issues with O'Grady's candidacy too.

The Weekly "breaks" a story on Felipe Fuentes in November that everyone else had in August.

My earlier post here on CPIO Ordinance and street-level planning is reprinted at CityWatch, and I'm glad for it. Many of the readers of a blog are weekly rather than daily, or even less frequently, and some don't even know I've recently re-opened street-hassle yet, but of course they will learn in due course. There are lots of editors and aggregators around town also who are too petty, and ignore other competitive voices in the city--in fact they try to bury them whenever possible. Ken Draper is not among this set; rather, he actively seeks out those voices that are most intelligible and most opinionated, even when they conflict with other voices featured at his site. That's the opposite of petty; it's magnanimous.

And sure enough, here comes a potential CPIO test case. The California Restaurant Association is preparing to square off against the City's Planning Department should the Department declare some kind of moratorium on fast food establishments in South Los Angeles.

Amidst the awful archipelago of anonymous astroturf blogs that aggregate real political content from other blogs and turn it into strident attack material at their own comes a more promising one: Truisfalse.

Why the Cooley trolls disappeared

Whether he wins or loses, can we really afford to have this man as the top law officer in the State? According to the Times:

A Los Angeles County hearing officer in a legal dispute between Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley and the union that represents many of his prosecutors has sharply criticized Cooley and his managers for waging an anti-union campaign in which union officers were harassed and unfairly disciplined.

In a scathing decision issued Wednesday, Thomas S. Kerrigan found that veteran prosecutors with outstanding evaluations were transferred to less desirable assignments in retaliation for their union work.

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Regulation #635-208



The "undesirable" 101st Airborne vet, hoisting the flag at Woodstock.

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Today is Veteran's Day, and City Hall is mostly closed, as are banks, libraries, and the post office.

Here's a blog that promises to turn Los Angeles City Hall inside out. It will fill a much-needed void by covering exciting news like this.

Koretz wants to err on the side of about 140 Med420 dispensaries.

None of the pitchfork people showed up to speak against CPIO Ordinance, and it blithely passed. The CPIO Ordinance was drawn up by erstwhile developer doormat Gail Goldberg, ironically, to make Councilmembers, who serve at the pleasure of the people, more of a player in planning decisions involving micro-districts. I still don't know what Dick Plotkin and LA Neighbors United were talking about when they claimed it was the end of the world, and I don't know why their groups weren't there to speak against if it was. Under CPIO, if someone dares to tear up your neighborhood, they vilify themselves for the rest of their political careers--that is indeed the Villaraigosa legacy, in fact, but now it may be coming to your Councilmembers too, as they can no longer can say, "I really wish I could do something, but..."

At least one homeless camp has sprung up in Sunland Tujunga, to community consternation.

For five years there has been harp about the fact that LAUSD has been building schools right through a long decline in student enrollments, and once again enrollments drop--this time to the lowest point in ten years. Charters now are the leading sapper.

Rudy Montiel, head of the City's housing authority, may be in trouble, as though the fact that the City has a housing authority boss who lives in Riverside isn't troubling enough. When Rosendahl asks, "Where's Rudy?" he should simply presume he is on the 91.

Flawed leads to fraud in Neighborhood Council elections, someone says, &c.

Veteran's Day without a Bow, part II: John Thomas got a little clumsy with his O'Grady-leave-behind and his publicist put it up at MayorSam even after the story had already appeared at the Times. But tv coverage is the only way to displace a seated Councilmember, and the helpful PS--"watch for David Weiss and Tomas O’Grady tonight (Nov. 10) on KTLA, NBC, and ABC local evening news"--is a wave to LaBonge that the O'Grady camp understands the task at hand, even if the Box camp does not.

Garcetti: "a big bump back in Harris' direction"

Manic obsessive Aquarian vote-counter Eric Garcetti, an avowed Democrat, has been posting manic obsessive notes on his Facebook page about the Harris/Cooley race. Snippet:

As for what's left to count in Orange County:3,239 Paper Ballots1,175 Regular VBMs12,763 VBMs returned at the precincts.37,139 Provisionals."

Look for Alameda County and Los Angeles to close this gap (some of LA's vote isn't on this morning's SoS web site), probably by about 15-20,000 votes.

WED AFTERNOON UPDATE: Wow! Looks like a big bump back in Harris' direction with Alameda and Ventura being reported on the SoS web site as reporting in today so far. This takes Harris to less than 10,000 votes behind Cooley (9555 to be exact). I'll try to see how much is left in LA and in some of the other big counties, and we'll have a better sense of that when the SoS puts out its Unprocessed Ballots Report at the end of the day.
In one of Garcetti's earlier Exceltabulous scenarios, Cooley could end up a projected winner by less than a hundred votes. But that algorithm result soon disintegrated.

Martinez files papers in 14




Making it official: Rudy Martinez, challenger in CD14. His flickr stream says: "Rudy pulls papers for City Council." Spoken just like a developer's friend...