I guess they really do read LA Weekly in the San Fernando Valley. Monday night, Weekly writer Patrick McDonald was covering a meeting of Valley Vote, which spearheaded the Valley secession movement in 2001-02 and is still a highly active voice in questioning the leadership at Los Angeles City Hall.
After Wilshire-area resident Jack Humphreville spoke to the group about his concerns over the Department of Water and Power, which has enacted very steep rate hikes, Humphreville pointed out McDonald and said, “That's Patrick McDonald of the LA Weekly. He's the guy who wrote the piece about the mayor.”
How did this audience react to McDonald, whose story and sidebar painted a fairly shocking picture of what Antonio Villaraigosa does with his “16-hour” days? The audience members at Valley Vote erupted in applause.