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Another Terrace Morning


A makeshift yurt: Second Street Tunnel


The homeless count is coming, and Zev Yaroslavsky is soliciting volunteers to do the counting. He didn't comment on my annual pitch for yurts. You'll note it's becoming an annual pitch; no matter how much affordable housing we build, we haven't been able to put meaningful dents in our homeless population. I'd rather do it the way some Latin American countries do it: first get roofs over people's heads, then replace those makeshift roofs with sturdier cinder block housing as we can. It would be more humane than turning housing into a lottery for the poor, with a handful of winners and 42,000 non-winners.

The new Sacto is arguing about taxes already. Brown has also eliminated a key education job.

The former fishwrap of record has found another hapless burg's City Hall that it would rather investigate rather than the one catecorner from its own headquarters. This time, it's Maywood's.

Campaign finance reporting for LA municipal elections for the past quarter comes Monday. We're guessing Tomas O'Grady will leapfrog Stephen Box in the race against Tom LaBonge. DWP watchdog Jack Humphreville has advised both rivals to the Councilman. In the race for Greig Smith's seat, Mitch Englander has hoards of cash and Brad Smith appears to be the next best organized candidate; Smith, who appears to be gaining a little momentum in the race, will host another fundraiser this weekend.

Ron Kaye makes a fair point: why should LA work to open a stadium when we are closing parks and libraries? And I would add shuttering art centers.

Tom Christie had the best line on the unveiling of Photoshop mockups for Eli Broad's monument to self: "I bet Frank Gehry prefers the parking lot."