Happy Birthday Nick Pacheco.
The battle of CD 14 was won on the playing fields of...Vernon? Should the scandal-rich city be disincorporated, and that path looks likely, Councilman Jose Huizar favors the City of Los Angeles attempting to annex it and recommends Council discuss the matter. It's a bold move by Huizar because it invites into his current council race all kind of people who don't like the idea, in our own city and out, to make Huizar's opponent, Rudy Martinez, a champion of opposition. Martinez is very weak on issues like this, and opposing annexation would seem to go against his natural Republican moorings, but he could be brought up to speed in short course and make a mess of things. Assembly Speaker John Pérez originated the disincorporation bill in the State Assembly. Huizar was the only member of LA's Planning and Land Use Management Committee to show up for that committee meeting yesterday, and he passed the matter on to Council.
Tonight at 7 p.m., Stephen Box, Tomas O'Grady and Councilman Tom LaBonge all square off at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, 4400 Wilshire. The CD 4 forum is sponsored by the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. What's becoming obvious to the District is that these three guys all "can really perform" and it's a shame we don't have three Council Districts available to them. Suddenly O'Grady signs are all over Los Feliz, and Box's office on Hollywood Boulevard is a busy place.
Pithy observation: The Ownership Society is Over. Foreclosures have made the rental market landlord-friendly.
The Republican dream state is turning into a nightmare, as Texas rolls up a Texas-size state deficit.