Short takes on a busy day:
Struggling to raise money to buy votes for its tax-and-spend ballot measures, City Hall has suddenly awakened to the fact these are tough economic times for most people and the wrong time to be picking their pockets. What a year of foreclosures, job losses, high prices, long lines at food pantries couldn’t do, sharp declines in their own rich stock portfolios seems to have achieved. David Zahniser in a terrific piece in the Times quotes Councilwoman Janice Hahn on her discovery people are scared: “They’re nervous about whether or not they’re even going to be able to
hang on to their homes, and property taxes add to that anxiety.”
One down, 10,999 to go: The city’s gang injunction policy has scored its first victory with an unnamed ex-gang member winning his appeal to be removed from the list of those under court-ordered restrictions. At this rate of winning conversions from the gang life, it could take a really long time to solve the problem.
More in the Times on Ted Stein, the former ubiquitous city commissioner, and his demand for reimbursement of $143,000 in legal fees for successfully fending off prosecution in connection with investigations of wrongdoing during the Hahn Administration.