guy is stuck in the middle of a City Hall melodrama that could be titled, “The
New Guard, the Old Guard and the Point Guard.”
it’s more like a dog fight. And it’s getting really freaking nasty, which is
something I love next to eating.
everybody knows a bunch of kids didn’t put together a talent show in a garage
in LA over the last few years without Antonio showing up, more than 3,000 such
events during his time as mayor. His problem isn’t with those self-promotional appearances
but with taking gifts of free tickets, some worth thousands of dollars, to
sporting and entertainment events – not mention the find food and wine he lets
others pick up the tab for..
loves the spotlight, the adoration, the love – and is now under investigation
by three different agencies for taking and not disclosing to authorities all
the freebies he’s taken. Even worse, many of the gifts coming from folks with
business before the city, people who are freeloaders like Antonio looking for gifts
of conflicts of interest could be an even bigger problem than merely ignoring
all local and state disclosure laws
times have we seen the picture of Antonio sitting next to big shot Jeffery
Katzenberg courtside at the Lakers?
According to the mayor, he was performing ceremonial duties.
the urging of what passes for the city’s civic elite, Antonio has
turned over the keys to the city to Austin Beutner and the army of
whiz kids he brought with him into public service.
guard of the mayor’s entourage of 200 or so had enjoyed acting like big
so long they thought they were actually important just as Antonio
been living like a multimillionaire for so long he thinks he actually is
by the new big shots on Beutner’s team does not sit well with those
who now find themselves small fries who see the mayor arrive late and
early and pay utterly no attention to the city’s business during his
visits to City Hall.
happy and their ongues are wagging. So Bruno’s dog house – which reached
degrees yesterday because Master Ron thinks he’s going to bankrupt the
refusing to turn on the air conditioning, the lights or the TV- has
rumor central for the warring parties.
the time Antonio moved into his big office and Getty house, tumors have
around that Jimmy Blackman was about to get fired. Seems
some folks among the newly arrived big
shots don’t think much of the guy who is beloved by the small fries.
to follow the elephants in the circus parade and that job has fallen to
Jimmy so he’s stuck cleaning up the dung left in the street when the
passes him by.
keep floating Jimmy’s-on-his-way out rumors, even hitting the guy with
a phony charge that he was arrested a few years ago. This
stuff shows up on blogs, even if it’s
a Greek chorus spreading the word that Beutner and his
titans gang chanting something that sounds like “fall guy, fall guy,
has to take the fall, and you know why…”
read Ronnie’s breaking news today, you’ll see one of those guys used to
much represent for nation’s financial laws and as Antonio shows for our
the Old Guard is laughing their heads off about this guy getting caught
paying a $2 million penalty right after enjoyed the mayor’s New Guard.
it’s a riot watching these two gangs act like Bloods and Crips in a
Antonio appointed a gang expert as his chief of staff. It might have
smartest move he’s made in a long, long time.