The greatest show on earth — ever
Spectacular, spectacular — the level of social discipline and intellectual ingenuity displayed by China in the opening ceremony answers my questions about why everything I buy seems to be made in the world’s most populous nation. It also has me wondering how we’re going to compete when we can’t even decide on national health care or immigration policies or figure out how to educate our kids.
Prices at the gas pump fall 33 straight days
Running around the Valley over the weekend, I spotted gas at $4.03 a gallon at one station with cars lined up to refuel. Can we back to $3 plus soon?
Bill Bratton won’t you please stay home
“If there is anything we have all learned about
LAPD Chief William Bratton, it is that he likes to do things his own way
- and doesn’t like having his motives questioned.” Rick Orlov in the Daily News made that point in reporting that Bratton has withdrawn his request for the
city to pick up his tab for a trip to the Democratic National
Convention in Denver at the end of the month. The Police Commission delayed a decision last week and Bratton’s request was still on this week’s tentative commission agenda as of Friday morning but the chief pulled it later in the day so it appears his stated purpose of learning about security measures wasn’t that critical. “Our people were there helping them and I want to see how it works out,” Bratton had told an interviewer. Perhaps Antonio Villaraigosa, Controller Laura Chick, City
Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, Council President Eric Garcetti and council
members Richard Alarcón, Herb Wesson, Wendy Greuel, Janice Hahn and
Bernard Parks who are going to Denver can fill Bratton in on what he missed. You can bet they’re all paying their own way.
Believe it or not, there’s corruption at City Hall
City Hall’s lax ethical culture surfaces in the latest chapter in the head of the city pension fund who quit one day and then started seeking advantage for his new employer the next day — despite a widely ignored requirement one-year cooling off period intended to limit conflicts of interest. David Zahniser in the Times moves the story forward with damaging emails from Robert Aguallo Jr. The Ethics Commission is investigating so don’t expect more than a slap on the wrist over Aguallo moving from LACERS to managing partner of Cardinal Americas, a private equity firm run by the extremely well-connected George Pla. Pla has cashed in handsomely through his Cordoba Corp. on minority allocations of major public works construction projects and contributed generously to support the city political machine.