By Hillel Aron
By Joseph Tsidulko
By Patrick Range McDonald
By David Futch
By Hillel Aron
By Dennis Romero
By Jill Stewart
By Dennis Romero
Even so radical a prosecutorial strategy could not ensure a Garcetti win. What it would do is to expose deeper LAPD wrongdoing than Parks wants the world to see. Because, though the March 1 LAPD internal report would have you believe the Rampart corruption is a rank-and-file problem, the more police wrongdoing there is, the more it reflects on the abilities of our current LAPD chief. Who already has reason to be self-conscious about wearing his four-star suit in public.
The Revenge of the Poltroons
Way, way back — when aerospace was a bigger business in Los Angeles than standup comedy — our landscape was replete with prosperous local businesses.
We had our own department-store chains: Broadway and Buffums and Bullocks, stores that not only catered to, but created, the local style. We had markets called Lucky, Hughes and Safeway that sold produce our way. We had banks called Crocker and Security Pacific. And we had a communications titan called Times Mirror Corp. It produced a local paper of some size, with a large circulation, called the Los Angeles Times.
And as of this week, we don’t have any of these anymore. The reviled, omnipotent, orthographically laggard Timeswill, somehow, soldier on as the largest-circulation newspaper in the constellation of the Tribune Co. The rest of Times Mirror’s century-and-a-third-old holding company — its lands, its resources, its subsidiary corporations — will be dissolved in the Chicago firm’s corporate reagents. The family company that has, for better or worse, both symbolized and brokered most of the region’s business deals of the 20th century disappears. And its local daily attribute becomes — in terms of corporate significance — one with the Trib-owned Orlando Sentinel.
Am I the only one who doesn’t care? This isn’t a good deal for everyone — self-revering Times Mirror Square luminaries may soon have to crank out a story a week, instead of one per year. And the inbred remittance-dependent descendants of the Chandlers and Otises who engineered the deal will pursue their usual, parasitical pursuits — breeding polo ponies, collecting Franklin Mint commemorative plates or however it is those with lots of money and no jobs pass their time — without the distinction of being Times Mirror legatees. Instead, they’ll be mere Tribune Corp. stockholders. Albeit obscenely rich ones.
But any great city is the sum of far more than who owns its stores, banks and filling stations. It’s the totality not of who produces for it, but what it produces for the world. New York, for instance, makes lots of money. And Los Angeles makes more movies, TV, music, and even — increasingly — art and literature than most anyplace else. Is it really a personally hurtful thing that our B of A bank checks now clear in Jacksonville? Or that our largest newspaper may soon, for the first time in years, acquire some professional management via its Midwestern owners? Just asking.
Meanwhile, speaking of stores, it’s noteworthy that while the Trib may have the Times, Chicago will soon have its first Trader Joe’s.