Carmen Trutanich’s followers partied election night away at the Universal Hilton while the mayor and his good friend poor Jack Weiss huddled in a back room (appropriately) at Canter’s Deli secluded from their glum financiers and called it an early night as the returns flowed in.
Such is the joy of victory and the heartache of defeat.
Weiss must have been as fatigued as most voters from watching campaign consultant Ace Smith’s smear ads so he couldn’t make it to the City Council meeting Wednesday.– not that there was anything unusual in that.
The humiliating defeat of his “little brother” in the City Attorney’s race dashed any hope the mayor has about running for governor — a “slap” in his face, Councilman Bill Rosendahl told the Times.
But it’s not the last we’ll hear of Weiss. You can take the mayor’s word for it.
“Jack’s like a little brother to me, and he is because I sat with him
on the City Council. I saw his intellect, his integrity, his honesty,” the mayor told reporters.
The word on the street is that the mayor wants to name Weiss his deputy mayor for homeland security.
I know it’s hard to believe what with thousands being laid off or paid off and the city broke. My dog Bruno, who was homeless and jobless for so long but now provides excellent home security, is still yowling at the news.
If I interpreted his barking right, he said: “A dumb mutt like me has more intellect, integrity and honesty than either of them, and knows more about keeping people safe than hizzoner and his lapdog will ever know.”
In contrast, “Nuch” grabbed an hour or two of sleep took a celebratory lap around the city and ended up at the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association monthly meeting Wednesday night where he was greeted like a triumphant Caesar returning to Rome.
There was fire in his belly as he got a standing ovation from the packed cafeteria at Notre Dame High School.
“I’m touched and overwhelmed,” he told the crowd. “I’m not going to let you down. We took over the city last night…We’re going to change the way politics is played in the city of Los Angeles.
“I’m not a politician. I don’t want to be one. I want to leave a legacy. I want to touch your lives by bringing you a better government.”
That ought to be scary enough to the City Hall political machine but he added that he will vigorously investigate and prosecute ethics violations in City Hall, working closely with District Attorney Steve Cooley, and seek state legislation, if needed, to end the pay-to-play corruption that pervades local politics.
Then, as he left to go to yet another event, he called Controller-elect Wendy Greuel and asked her to conduct a full audit of the City Attorney’s office — something current City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, with support from the council, went to court to block former Controller Laura Chick from doing for the last year.
A wounded mayor, a crusading prosecutor — this is going to be fun. Now if David Vahedi can beat Paul Koretz when all the votes are counted and a servant of the people could be elected to succeed Greuel in District 2 …