By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
When we left you last week, readers were in a twist over Mayor Villaraigosa's acceptance of more than $50,000 worth of free tickets, a pretty clear violation of the ethics pledge the mayor took upon winning office. After Tibby Rothman and Jill Stewart's follow-up story ("Villaraigosa's Vanishing Veracity," July 1), readers are still squirming.
N Antonicello has had it: "The double standard here of selective outrage and justice is too much to stomach in this politically correct world of Los Angeles city politics. Had Mayor James Hahn done as little in four years as Villaraigosa has done in five, he would have been recalled. At what point is Mayor V labeled the worst chief executive in the history of the city of Los Angeles?"
For VA, "the worst part about this whole affair is the smugness that the mayor exhibits as he brays that it's all perfectly legal ('Pass me another free ticket y'all'). We're in a terrible recession, and this guy can't even muster one iota of empathy for all of those Angelenos trying to make ends meet. Instead he prances around with his steroidal security detail in tow, just throwing it up in all of our faces."
FooDog doth, we thinks, protest too much: "Are you f**king kidding me? Since when did this little puke have any veracity whatsoever? Y'all must be as stupid as all the gullible 'recent' immigrants that elected this embarrassment, who instead of making the city of Los Angeles into the "Venice of the 21st Century," as he also promised, is presiding over its transformation into the first Third World city in the United States."
Greggie takes a more balanced, sitting-around-the-fire approach: "My buds and I kicked this around this morning over 4th of July breakfast while camping in Mammoth. Consensus: Whoever is the mayor IS the ambassador of Los Angeles. We don't have any trouble with the perks; EXCEPT that there ought to be full disclosure. Failure to fully disclose the tickets/freebies ought to be right up there with the death penalty (i.e., recall). The political-conflict issue is the only one that matters to us, and it is manageable if the media does its job."
We're doing our best, Greggie and buds, and to that end, this from Thinline: "Wonderful writing and a terrific piece of investigative journalism. This story is a prime example of what the traditional media used to be like until they became corrupted just like our local, state and many federal politicians and public officials. Please keep up this good work, the citizens of our city need you."BASS ON THE HOOK
"California sucks!" cries Joel, adding, "L.A. sucks even more."
But J.H. Canterbury puts the outrage in perspective: "Sorry I can't share your outrage about Karen Bass. The improprieties you rant about — $4,000 for per diem and 10 percent pay raises to assembly staffers (most of whom were underpaid women) — don't amount to a 'hill of beans' when compared to the millions and billions that Arnold is giving to his friends through corporate tax breaks, contracts and other so-called legal gifts. I am angry (furious, actually) at the political class — but not over the issues in this article. I'm angry because the legislators and the governor can't sit down without their preconceived attitudes and develop a responsible budget that reflects the goals and glories of this state and country we are celebrating today."YOU SAY "RIGHT-WING MEDIA," I SAY "LEFT-WING MEDIA," HE SAYS "WHITE-SUPREMACIST VENEZUELAN MEDIA," LET'S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF!
Tara jabs back: "Ollie Stone and Jess Ventura are two of the few voices that can rise above the cowardice of the American media and be heard ... on Chavez, 9/11 and many other subjects that would scare even the brave Bill Maher into agreeing that 'the emperor is indeed well clothed'!"
And then Elias Serna goes mildly berserk: "Longworth's bullshit rings right-wing. Is she boneheaded enough to convince readers that the U.S. military, the I.M.F. and the white-supremacist Venezuelan media are innocent, noncorrupt entities? Longworth should review Christian churches or something she knows."SUICIDE GIRLS AXED
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