Goofy Council Member Jan Perry's fast food ban made the pages of the Wall Street Journal. Perry who believes that low-income Blacks and Hispanics in her District are incapable of making healthy food choices and therefore wants the City to make those choices for them. As political consultant Alan Hoffenblum told the Journal, "It's very much the example of a nanny state."
Zuma Dogg runs a long screed provided him that accuses City Council Member and City Attorney hopeful Jack Weiss of everything from kidnapping the Lindbergh baby to being the third shot on the grassy knoll. Most likely the odd piece which also calls on Zuma to appear before the City Council claiming to be the grandson of Jake Gittes, Jack Nicholson's character from the film Chinatown was composed by supporters of Weiss opponent Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich. I haven't decided whom I'm supporting for this post but do we want someone named Nuch as City Attorney? Bob Hertzberg you going to run?
The fantasy that the LA River is a waterway like the Danube, Mississippi or even Cosumnes continues. River activists think that by paddling canoes down the storm drain they can convince the Federal Government the LA is a real river. This is a combination of idealist hogwash and developer greed - if taxpayers can pay to clean and green the "river" it opens up the land surrounding it to development, much of which with government subsidy. I'm all for cleaning up the storm drains and where appropriate building public parks or other open space around them but lets stop kidding ourselves. We aren't going to see steamboats paddling along Riverside Drive anytime soon.
Los Angeles Fifth District Council Candidate Robin Ritter Simon has set up a Facebook page for her campaign. According to the candidate her 17 year old son encouraged Ritter Simon to do so and created the page for her.
Big doins in the sleepy little town of San Fernando. The postage stamp sized municipality completely surrounded by the City of Los Angeles - one whose largest employer is the LAUSD - is the scene of a political brawl to end all brawls. A group of residents are seeking to recall Councilmembers Jose Hernandez and Julie Ruelas for among other reasons because they voted to approve a controversial development headed by a developer who allegedly bounced a $50,000 check to the city.
Rising gas prices and other factors are driving an increase in bicycling across the city. Most drivers don't know how or refuse to share the road with cyclists and the problems are piling up. Here's an interesting look at the situation and what the City is doing about the bike issue.