The crippled measure remains on the November 7 ballot despite a Superior Court judge’s opinion that it should be thrown out, and an appeal court’s promise to dissect the measure if it wins. Bring on the scrutiny. Things haven’t been this rocky since, well, the term of the last city attorney, Jim Hahn. Remember the 1991 battle over whether Hahn faced a conflict of interest in advising both the City Council and Police Commission on whether to fire Police Chief Daryl Gates?
. L.A. Times’ editors showed uncanny insight naming the psychoanalysis of their paper — the assigning of three of the paper’s investigative journalists to report on how Spring Street can connect better with its readers — after one of Edward Teller’s projects. But instead of the geographically misguided Manhattan Project, we recommend a name inspired by Teller’s 1983 meeting with President Reagan: The Strategic Defense Initiative — or, Star Wars on Spring Street.
. Phil “the Whiner” Angelides should have asked us how to upstage Governor Steroid’s appearance on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. We would have told him to forget the equal-time argument made by Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra in a letter to the FCC (we hope it wasn’t done on the taxpayers’ dime) and advised the Whiner to book himself a week at the Improv to showcase his own act: “Best Impersonation of . . . Jimmy Hahn.”