Wednesday, October 29, 2008


ZAPPER (Zuma's Action Plan Participant) Asks You To "Help Make Griffith Park A Historic-Cultural Monument via Zuma's LA Daily Blog by (zuma dogg) on 10/28/08

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Wednesday
The DWP has been caught ripping off a number of other government agencies, overcharging the likes of the LAUSD, the County of LA and others. The utility has agreed to pay out a $160million settlement to the county, local schools, community colleges and the MTA to settle a court case brought...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Get the Led Out
via Latest Video on 10/29/08
Zeppelin to tour without Robert Plant

Calif. education may get $2B to $4B cut
via KABC - Los Angeles
California educators have been told to be ready for between $2 billion to $4 billion in budget cuts.

California budget is $3 billion off, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says
via News by (Steve Lawrence, The Associated Press) on 10/27/08
SACRAMENTO - Painting a gloomy picture of California's finances, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that the revenue shortfall in the state's five-week-old budget has grown to more than $3 billion.

DWP board's Nick Patsaouras to run for city controller
via News by (Rick Orlov, Staff Writer) on 10/27/08
The head of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners said Monday that he plans to run for city controller in the March election.

Special Order 40 changes debated
via News by (Brandon Lowrey, Staff Writer) on 10/27/08
Seven months after a criminal illegal immigrant shot dead a South Los Angeles high school football player, City Council members Monday launched a long-awaited review of Special Order 40, the controversial rule that restricts the LAPD from checking immigration status of witnesses and suspects.

Opposition flares on L.A. luxury-tax plan
via News by (Daily News) on 10/27/08
A proposal to develop a luxury tax on homes based on property size ran into opposition Monday, with fears that it could jeopardize the city's revenue from existing property taxes and violate state law.

Green energy initiative moves toward March 3 ballot
via News by (Brandon Lowrey, Staff Writer) on 10/28/08
City Council members took the first steps Tuesday to put a green energy initiative on the March 3 ballot that would force the DWP to harness enough solar energy to power 100,000 homes by 2013 and create jobs for electricians.

Board urged to let ruling on judges stand
via News by (Troy Anderson, Staff Writer) on 10/29/08
A taxpayer advocate attorney and a half-dozen other people asked the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday not to appeal a recent appellate court decision ruling that the county's practice of paying judges perks and supplemental benefits was unconstitutional.

Mayor Villaraigosa: We'd Take A Waldorf: While Beverly Hills residents could...
via Curbed LA by Dakota on 10/29/08
While Beverly Hills residents could ultimately reject that proposed and contentious Waldorf Astoria hotel on election day next week, the Beverly Hills Courier suggests the hotel could ultimately land up at 10000 Santa Monica Blvd, site of that now-shelved Nouvel tower. And the paper quotes Mayor Villaraigosa as stating he would welcome a Waldorf in Los Angeles.

Corruption Allegations Against Rep. Brad Sherman
via on 10/29/08
Navraj Singh, the Republican candidate for Congress, running against Brad Sherman (D- Sherman Oaks) has released a new Web video that lays out corruption allegations against Sherman.Singh alleges that a paid political fixer for Sherman is selling access to the Congressman and that the going rate for Sherman to meet with a constituent and introduce legislation on their behalf appears to be $5,000.

CNBC Exclusive: Carlos Slim Interview 51 mins ago
via - Latest Videos on 10/29/08
Mexico's Carlos Slim, the second richest person in the world, sat down for an exclusive interview with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

Notes for the October 28, 2008 Police Commission Weekly Meeting
via LAPD Blog by lapdblog on 10/29/08
• Police Chief William J. Bratton said that he attended a roundtable summit in New York and Washington D.C on Homeland security. The intent of the summit was to put together thoughts for the new administration coming into office.

City Council Meeting - Wednesday - Oct 29, 2008
via City of Los Angeles: CLK Council Meeting Internet View (Videos Feed)
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Meet Guillermo Huesca, One of the most recognized celebrities in the Hispanic market, THIS SATURDAY at ZAP-Fest (He's Running Against Alarcon!)
via Zuma's LA Daily Blog by (zuma dogg) on 10/29/08

LA Rooftops Going Solar?
via by Madrid on 10/29/08
The LA city council voted unanimously Tuesday to draft a solar rooftop measure for the March 3 ballot, "even though officials with the Department of Water and Power still don't know what the initiative would do to electrical rates," says the LA Times.
There's a tight turnaround for the coucnil to decide whether the intiative (once drafted) should go ont he ballot, with the Times reporting Nov 7 as the drop-dead date for action. That's next Friday, for those you following at home. Read more in the Times here.

Oil and commodities rally as dollar falls sharply
via Reuters: Business News on 10/29/08
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude oil surged nearly 9 percent and other commodities notched record percentage gains on Wednesday as the dollar posted its biggest one-day drop since 1985 after U.S. interest rates were cut.

L.A. council orders solar rooftop measure drafted
via L.A. Times - California Local News on 10/28/08
If the council OKs it by Nov. 7, the initiative to add solar panels would be on the March ballot. The panels would provide 400 megawatts to commercial and other buildings by 2013. The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to draft a solar rooftop measure for the March 3 ballot, even though officials with the Department of Water and Power still don't know what the initiative would do to electrical rates.

THIS SATURDAY: ZAP 'em and SLAP 'em: Ron Kaye's SLAP and Zuma's ZAP -- Same Day...Same Area!!!
via Zuma's LA Daily Blog by (zuma dogg) on 10/28/08

Arguments at L.A. City Hall over Order 40
via KABC - Los Angeles - Southern California - LA Breaking News, Weather, Traffic, Sports on 10/27/08
Many gathered at L.A. City Hall over a policy involving suspect immigrant status.

Homeless agencies are filling up
via KABC - Los Angeles - Southern California - LA Breaking News, Weather, Traffic, Sports on 10/27/08
Agencies that help the homeless are seeing big increases in requests for assistance.

L.A. is hit hard as home prices continue their record-breaking fall
via L.A. Times - Business on 10/29/08
Figures for August show a 26.7 % decline for Los Angeles and Orange counties compared with a year earlier. The numbers from 20 metropolitan areas show a 16.6% drop. U.S. home prices continued to fall at a record-breaking pace in August, with the Los Angeles area posting among the sharpest declines, according to a prominent index released Tuesday.

DWP settles lawsuit for overcharging
via KABC - Los Angeles - Southern California - LA Breaking News, Weather, Traffic, Sports on 10/28/08
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has settled a lawsuit for overcharging public agencies.

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