Friday, December 12, 2008

Zuma Dogg & Mayor Sam's HOLIDAY EVENT Tonight -- AND LA Daily Blog News Wire For Friday December 12, 2008

As Phil Collins once said, "Cause TONIGHT, TONIGHT, TONIGHT...Oh, hooooooooooo!" Or as Rod Stewart once said, "Tonight's The Night." It's the Zuma Dogg & Mayor Sam's Blog HOLIDAY EVENT -- TONIGHT -- at Casa Princesa Cafe in Eagle Rock at 7pm. (4527 York Blvd.) I think it's gonna be good, cause more people have sent me emails saying they are coming than the previous two events. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.


Usher's Exit Follows City's Loss in Density Bonus Case

from Curbed LA by Dakota
Why did Jane Usher resign from the Planning Commission? Apparently she wrote a "multi-page letter" today that could explain why (it may be circulating, but we haven't seen it yet), but it's important to point out that this week the city lost its first lawsuit resulting from handling of the SB1818 Density Bonus issue, an topic that Usher had been extremely vocal about. This was the case of Louise Apartments, which sued the city for blocking its project, alleging that the City Planning Commission ignored the Density Bonus law by essentially invoking CEQA and killing the project through mitigation measures.


LA WEEKLY ARTICLE: Shutting Down Public Access TV (Featuring Zuma Dogg, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles)

California budget gap now seen nearing $42 billion
from Reuters: Business News
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California faces a $41.8 billion shortfall for its combined current and next fiscal years, up from a prior $28 billion estimate as its economy weakens and revenues decline, the director of the state's Department of Finance, said on Thursday.

Mayoral Candidate Zuma Dogg & Time Warner
from LAist: *Los Angeles* News, Food, Arts & Events by Zach Behrens
LA Weekly nicely profiles activist and public-access television star Zuma Dogg who is running for mayor on the March ballot. But the story is much more than just Zuma, it's about shutting down public-access. "If everything unfolds as planned, on January 1, Time Warner, which owns more than 90 percent of the cable-television market in Los Angeles, will walk away from operating 12 public-access studios in L.A, which help everyday people to create hundreds of hours of content on 11 freewheeling, neighborhood-based public channels." During former Mayor James Hahn's administration, a needs assessment produced by the city supported public-access saying it fostered "participation in the democratic process.” Mayor Villaraigosa's Office, who produced their own study, said “we will cease to use the public-access studios as pursuant to the law."

Kevin Roderick Puffs Away
from Mayor Sam's Sister City - Home of Los Angeles Politics Just when I thought that maybe I could come around to finding some value to Kevin Roderick's reporting he comes up with something stupid. Antonio Watch's hot sheet tipped to an excellent Patrick McDonald LA Weekly piece about local government shadiness around public access TV in Los...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]


Ethics commission restricts city officials from accepting tickets
from L.A. Times - California Local News
Mayors, council members and other municipal employees can now accept no more than $420 worth of sports and concert tickets a year from a single source, unless their attendance serves a public purpose. A seat on the City Council in Anaheim and other municipalities no longer means an unrestricted supply of free tickets and luxury-box seats for baseball games and concerts, after the state ethics agency acted Thursday to curb such perks.

Carpool Lanes Will Soon Take A Toll From Drivers
from CBS 2 - KCAL 9 - Los Angeles - Southern California
The bell now tolls for Southern California's free carpool lanes. A contract with federal officials signed Thursday will convert more than 60 miles of carpool lanes on three freeways to toll lanes. The contract, which involves Caltrans and the MTA, will have the federal Transportation Department providing $210 million to pay for new toll collection equipment, according to federal Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters.

L.A. school board holds talks on replacing Brewer
from L.A. Times - Education
Ramon C. Cortines, 76, the district's No. 2 official, who is Latino, is expected to take the post. At a news conference Thursday, a coalition of black leaders sought a role in picking the next chief. The Los Angeles Board of Education met behind closed doors Thursday to discuss potential replacements for Supt. David L. Brewer, with all signs continuing to point to the elevation of veteran educator Ramon C. Cortines, who currently holds the school system's No. 2 position.

10, 110 freeways to get toll lanes
from KABC - *Los Angeles* - Southern California - LA Breaking *...*
Carpool lanes are being converted into toll lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways.

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