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Another Terrace Morning



Rush's Tucson billboard is coming down.

The Murdoch Street Journal scours the planet and finally finds a rabbi willing to say Sarah Palin is right. But Doyle McManus says she came out swinging and whiffed.

It is on. Blue Shield of California refuses to delay rate hikes.

You probably missed it, but Tim Rutten turned CRA publicist this week, crawling right into the private parts of the CRA and parking there. "Los Angeles has 32 community redevelopment districts, and they've been responsible for the revitalization of South Park, downtown's historic core and Hollywood and North Hollywood, among other areas. Last year, according to Christine Essel, the former Paramount Studios executive who now is chief executive of L.A.'s Community Redevelopment Agency, those 32 districts pumped $178 million in direct investment into the city's economy. Although $100 million of that went to encouraging job-creating businesses, $50 million paid for more affordable housing across the city. Moreover, according to Essel, because every dollar spent by the CRA generates an additional $5 to $6 in private investment and payrolls, abolition of the CRA would take at least $890 million out of the city's economy in the new state budget's first year."

If you didn't know--I didn't--Eric Hacopian is handling Tamar Galatzan. Louis Pugliese is handling Louis Pugliese. Neither candidate won the backing of the UTLA. Fifty-two days left in the school board race. It may be the best race on the March 8 ballot. With Brad Smith pulling out of the CD 12 race, both candidates, rather than just one of them, need to think about GOTV in a profound way--unusual in a school board race--and neither one of them will have the UTLA helping out.

Footnote: Arnold says it cost him $200 million of his own money to screw up the state to the extent he did. Maybe he was jealous of Meg being the top-spending bonehead.