Here and Elsewhere
The city is on fire, but the mayor gets his desire--ZD's latest release, Breakin' the law on the Boardwalk.
You were completely smart and therefore did not spend any time on the Internet this past glorious weekend. I was a dullard and did. Here's what you might have missed, here and elsewhere.
Someone who knows the forks, Peter Sanders, becomes the Mayor's press secretary today. Sanders is the son of Latham luminary turned Parks Commission prez Barry Sanders. A licensed pilot, he's written on aerospace for the Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade, so he also knows his way around...the South Bay, as does the Mayor's new chief of staff.
The Downtown News thinks that a small-scale privatization of a pocket park on Spring might work. They are down with the local buildings footing the fees to maintain the park instead of cash-strapped Rec and Parks. I'm not down with this at all, but you who love Dick Riordan and what privatization has done to City services are bound to clap heartily.
I had a piece up about a prospective "one percent solution for Neighborhood Councils." BongHwan Kim, Paul Krekorian, and a prominent NC board member all duly lifted, noted and quoted. Kim the Sub-Meter Maid has a wonderful counter-comment, and I received many other such in email from NC notables across the City. I don't know if this idea is going to move forward or not, but General Manager Kim sounds like he's receptive.
Ron Kaye, who has been on a low-key media blitz of late, takes almost the precise opposite view. He says "Neighborhood Councils need to fight for real power." I'd contend that before fighting for real power, they first have to be open to the ordinary democratic principles of checks and balances and representative democracy, and currently they are not. But Kaye is drawing from Greg Nelson, who of course draws from Joel Wachs, who was truly "the Thomas Jefferson" of the Neighborhood Council movement (It wasn't Ralph Sonnenshein, though some have said this of late--Sonnenshein was more like the Madison of the movement, except he forgot about factions, which Madison obsessed on).
By the way, City Council will debate Krekorian's four motions for Neighborhood Council reform this week.
Fox 11's John Schwada was feted by City Council on Friday.