Congratulations to the Weekly and to Howard Blume for delving into the dealmakers behind the Belmont High fiasco [“Feeding Frenzy,” cover story, March 6–12]. The team of consultants hired by LAUSD are representative of a type that exists in small numbers, and it is rare that so many of them all should work on the same project. Good consultants bring up matters such as conflicts of interest and bill their time accurately, while bad consultants end up worrying about getting paid because their benefactor has retired and nobody in the organization will go to bat for them.
Re: “Mayor Overboard” [City Limits, February 27–March 5]. Do you ever wonder why the city only looks east? Mayor Bradley got so involved with promoting L.A. as the capital of the Pacific Rim, he ended up with Henry Hwang and the East West Bank debacle. During the ’80s we marveled at how many of the downtown skyscrapers were bought up by Japanese developers and investment firms. Every one of those investments has come up a cropper. With the current economic situation in Asia, I question why Mayor Riordan is off promoting trade to a region that buys less of our products than our neighbors to the south and north. Besides, Mexico is a far better place to spend your honeymoon. (Acapulco has to be more fun than the Korean DMZ.)Great opportunities are being missed here. Where are our Latino council members? They should be off cutting deals to help improve their districts, just like Nate Holden does on his junkets to Korea. Miami has converted itself into the Hispanic media and financial center of the United States. Los Angeles, with more Hispanics than any other city in the world save for Mexico City, should be that center. Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciuncula has traded her past in for shiny trinkets from the East. —Walter D. Beaumont
If you are going to have Jonathan Gold do your restaurant reviews, at least edit the jerk, so we don’t have to wade palate-deep through his purple prose. Better yet, bring back Bill Stern. He knew the restaurants; he knew the food. You could trust him, which is what you want out of a food critic, not overwriting and pretentious bullshit.—Gary Taubes
I was very interested in Jonathan Gold’s mini-review of Safety Zone Café in the February 27–March 5 Roundabout. After a few lines of faint praise, I encountered what can only be described as a mean-spirited rebuttal of Bill Stern’s recent review [“Seoul Food,” January 23–29]. Perhaps the tone of the column would have been different if Mr. Gold had reviewed Safety Zone before Bill Stern wrote about it.I believe your readers are more interested in food writing than in the turf battles between writers. —C. Gibson
THE EDITOR NOTES: Jonathan Gold’s capsule review
of the Safety Zone Café was abridged from a review of the restaurant published long before Bill Stern’s review saw the light of day.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
Please inform that hilarious racist Lalo Alcaraz that the genocide of Native Americans was not limited to the area north of the Mexican border. And tell him to keep up the good work — this white boy thinks his ignorance is a hoot.—Niles Sager
Advertising disclosure: We may receive compensation for some of the links in our stories. Thank you for supporting LA Weekly and our advertisers.