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The Mayor's speech: botched jots, glitch-riddled tittles



I wish I didn't have to write things like this.  But I don't see anyone else writing them, so...

So, I covered the Mayor's State of the City address in a novel way: I actually questioned the facts put forth in it.  And found some whoppers.

My column at CityWatch today is on the errors, distortions, embarrassments, insults to intelligence, and outright lies of His Honor Antonio Villaraigosa as located in his recent speech to the city.  But it's also about Team Tony's out-of-town speech writers, and also on the laziness of local paid print media, and certainly on the lack of courage of our entire local political class in failing to challenge the Mayor's many said errors, distortions, embarrassments, insults to intelligence, and outright lies.

The speech was embargoed--media and mayor alike had plenty of time to fact-check things like "the six days in April" over which the riots took place (they began on April 29, so unless April has 35 days...) or even the spelling of San Francisco writer Anne Lamott's name (rendered "Lamont" in the Mayor's version--and they couldn't find a native Angeleno quote on hopefulness, I guess) and to ask how the Clean Trucks program has contributed a billion dollars to any economy, let alone our city economy, when less than one of five trucks participating is home to an LA firm...

Large and small mistakes may both be honest mistakes.  But a mistake as glaring as "six days in April" indicates to me that the speech was written by an out-of-towner, as does the insouciance in citing a lifelong San Francisco writer, rather than an Angeleno writer, for its money quote...

If you needed any more evidence than our skyline that LA is ruled by out-of-town interests, the Mayor's Wednesday speech was it.  Thank our San Francisco overlords, there's only one more of these left.