Times gets scooped on feds probe of Rocky — it’s Sam Zell’s fault
Clearly, there can’t be any other explanation for the San Francisco Chronicle of all papers scooping the Times on the federal probe of City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo — it’s got to be Zell’s fault, isn’t everything?
At least it seems that way if you listen to KCRW and KPPC and all the coverage they’ve given to blaming the Times’ decline and fall on the guy who bought the paper a year ago instead of the people who ran it for years.
Columnist Tim Rutten doesn’t go that far today in his sour grapes column. Instead he makes the odd assertion that the FBI has the moral obligation to go public and announce it’s investigating Rocky — which is funny since the Times has lived off of anonymous federal sources stories for years. It must be Zell’s fault the feds fed it to the Chronicle this time.
That said, the Times had half its sadly depleted staff working day and night on the story and throws around the names Diane Castano-Sallee and her minority outreach firm and Helen Mars and her printing company as people questioned in the investigation that appears to be focused on Michelle Delgadillo, Rocky’s wife with the bad driving record.
Another day, another L.A. “feelgood” law that will be selectively enforced
You got to have a laugh at the County Supervisors passing a law to hold parents liable for the cost of cleaning up after their kids spray-paint graffiti all over the place.
Even Supervisor Gloria Molina suggests the goal is to shake up parents who pay no attention to their kids rather than actually hold them responsible.
And that’s the problem: Why not start enforcing the laws and actually holding parents responsible for truancy and neglecting them to the point they join a gang for something to do.
Twenty years ago, Tom Bradley suggested cracking down on irresponsible parents and the howl was so great, he never brought up the idea again.