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Mimosas on the Terrace




Diablo Canyon Nuke Plant is very close to a fault line. The former fishwrap of record tepidly suggests that "new studies should be subject to independent oversight and peer review." Which is a purely polite position, fairly consistent with what nearly everyone, even the utilities themselves, already want. We expected something more from the less-than-ferocious local editorial board, which now seems afraid to offend anybody.

Slowly but surely, it is starting to sink in with even the inexpert that teacher-bashing is a white-flight, suburban, conservative tactic to pry loose public schools from the public's hands. An inexpert, anecdotal novelist tries her hand at an op-ed on the subject today.

Mayoral candidate and radio personality Kevin James told me yesterday that controversy surrounding County management of childcare is likely to be one of the most unsettling and also important stories of the coming year in LA, and sure enough the Daily News on Friday went with a story that follows up on the County's Ridley-Thomas report. James recommends a book he's currently reading: Andrew Bridge's Hope's Boy, Bridge's personal narrative describing a tortured path through 11 years of LA County foster care. We'll have more on our sit-down with James, which was full of surprises, early this week.

Jon Regardie picked "the forty-two most powerful people in downtown." Bloggers and even some print scribes make the list; so do developers; but the publicity-shy bankers who greenlight the big projects do not. Which tells us that downtown's super-secretive lending side managers are still doing an insanely great job flying below the radar.

Speaking of flying below radar, it turns out that fuselage tears and bad maintenance is nothing new to Southwest.