Saturday, October 30, 2010

Steve Cooley
  • Steve Cooley

Steve Cooley and Kamala Harris are in a dead heat in the race for attorney general, according to the latest Field Poll. Cooley leads Harris 39-38, with 23% undecided the week before Election Day.

Cooley is now trailing in L.A. County, 43-37. That's a big change from September, when he was leading 39-28.

Cooley held a 4-point lead statewide in September, 35-31.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

It doesn't look anything like the real thing - LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
  • It doesn't look anything like the real thing

Just when you thought Halloween was safe for children again, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department issued a new health warning: your kids could be ingesting (gulp!) marijuana-laced goodies!

This morning, local sheriffs announced they had

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Watch out for ice.
  • Watch out for ice.

All the internal hysteria that's periodically gripped the Barbara Boxer camp as California's longtime U.S. Senate ice maiden came closer than ever to losing her seat? It can probably be set aside.

Anything can happen November 2, 2010. But today's Field Poll shows Boxer adding two percentage points to lead Carly Fiorina by eight points. Field had Babs and Carly tied in March, Babs by three in July, and Babs by six in September.

But here's the more fascinating nugget in the Field Poll which you can peruse here:

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How did Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, primary physician to Anna Nicole Smith, get acquitted of all charges by a Los Angeles jury and the other two -- Smith's friend Howard K. Stern and psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich -- get really light convictions?

The three were accused by District Attorney Steve Cooley's prosecutors of some heavy-hitting stuff that led up to the actress-model's drug OD.

Now Eroshevich's license will be reviewed (probably yanked) and she and Stern might even be off to the stir for a short stint. Did Cooley screw this up?

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L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

At the Metropolitan Transportation Authority meeting yesterday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wasn't taking any chances that his legacy project -- Subway to the Sea, or maybe we should start calling it "Subway to Westwood" -- might somehow be, uh, derailed.

Around the same time community leaders from Beverly Hills were slamming the subway to his face during public comment period at the MTA board room -- they don't want a tunnel dug underneath Beverly Hills High School -- Villaraigosa's Twitter account was buzzing.

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale
  • Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale

Mike Gatto is so new to the Legislature he still has that new-Assemblyman smell. He's still getting used to being trashed on the Internet, as we can tell from the cease and desist letter his attorneys sent the Mayor Sam blog this week.

The offending blog posts were taken down, because blogger Michael Higby didn't want a legal fight. Also, at least one of them was wrong. Today, the blog issued the following retraction.

Upon further review with my sources, it has been concluded that the "Mike Gatto" mentioned in the post, is not the current Assemblyman Mike Gatto. For that, I apologize for my mistake.

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  • Via OC Register

Via the mayorsam blog via the Fresno Bee, that super-upbeat, super-flashy guy, gloomy Gray Davis, is saying that California Governor Jerry Brown, um, probable governor, will immediately set a Special Election to ask Californians to raise taxes.

God, which is worse? Another special election. Just shoot us all now.

Or another special election to get us to vote for more taxes. That's shades of Arnold Schwarzenegger, in May of 2009, and his failed Propositions 1A through 1Zillion. Is Jerry gonna pull this off?

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Meg Whitman - TED SOQUI
  • Ted Soqui
  • Meg Whitman

A story in today's Bay Citizen paints an unflattering picture of Meg Whitman's tenure as CEO of EBay. Several anonymous ex-employees portray Whitman as a hard-charging boss who made snap decisions and dropped f-bombs in times of stress.

The story recounts an episode from 2006, in which Whitman got mad at her recruiters for not interviewing a particular candidate.

"Are you fucking kidding me with this shit? Do I have to fucking do everything myself? What is wrong with you people? I don't want to hear these fucking excuses. I don't need this fucking shit."
Sounds like Nicky Diaz got off easy.

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Don't worry -- only in San Francisco - NOCTURNAL PERAMBULATIONS VIA FLICKR
  • Nocturnal Perambulations via Flickr
  • Don't worry -- only in San Francisco

Mayor Villaraigosa and the Subway-to-Sea dreamers aren't the only ones with pricey public transportation on their lists this holiday season.

The Pasadena Star-News reported yesterday that city officials and Pasadena businesses have set their sights on a shiny new trolley that would run a one-way, two-mile loop, connecting the city's three downtown sectors for ultimate shopping glory. (Like Disneyland, but for environmentally forward grown-ups.)

City Councilman Chris Holden said out loud what we know Villaraigosa has been thinking all along:

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By Hillel Aron

The original Gerrymander in Massachusetts: Governor Gerry + salamander.
  • The original Gerrymander in Massachusetts: Governor Gerry + salamander.

Gerrymandering, in which politicians create stacked "voting districts" to fix elections, is a great original sin of our democracy. Three examples:

1) Barack Obama vs. Bobby Rush

In 2000, Democratic incumbent Bobby Rush got a scare in the primary when a little-known challenger named Barack Hussein Obama received more than 30 percent of the vote.

What did Rush do? A year later, Rush brought in for-hire mapmakers who quietly carved the home of Barack Obama out of the district.

How on earth could this be?

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