Happy 10-10-10 to you.
Weekend news highlights from various media sources include:
Steven Greenhut isn't happy about a new pension report
that found in San Diego just 10 ex-city bureaucrats will collect at
least $61 million in retirement pay during the next 25 years. Why not
hand them $70 million or $80 million? “More horrors, no fixes,” Greenhut
Nguyen now hopes Tran wins?
Art Pedroza at Orange Juice blog opines about Supervisor Janet Nguyen's endorsement yesterday
of her onetime pal, longtime nemesis Van Tran in his race against
Loretta Sanchez. “She dreamed of going to Congress – and now it appears
that Tran is going
to go instead,” writes Pedroza. “And Nguyen had no choice but to back
him or risk party
retribution in two years, when she will have to defend her Supervisorial
seat, in the blue First Supervisorial District.” Pedroza mocks the boys
over at TheLiberalOC for what he sees as their “traitorous” longtime
support for Nguyen, a Republican.
OC blog wars, chapter 437
Let's just say that TheLiberalOC's Dan Chmielewski won't be inviting Art Pedroza to Thanksgiving dinner and so it's no shock that Chmielewski has slammed his blog nemesis with a piece asking, “Is Michelle Martinez buying positive blog coverage?” from Pedroza's Orange Juice blog and basically answering yes. He reports that Martinez's campaign finance disclosure records show a $385 payment to Pedroza for “campaign consulting.” The piece contains hostile e-mail exchanges.
Scott Marshutz profiles an incredible Santa Ana estate for sale in historic Floral Park. The home, accentuated with century-old Redwood and Pine trees, was finished in 1928 and is on the market for $1.65 million. Marshutz notes that the property has been used for numerous high society parties over the years.
USS California is heading for an iceberg
Evan Harper of the LA Times reports from Sacramento that California's political leaders “mostly papered over” this year's massive $19 billion budget gap and punted “many tough decisions forward.” Harper offers an accurate assessment of our state government: “dysfunctional” and both Democrats and Republicans aren't disagreeing. He blames a tax system that's too reliant on the wealthy, term limits, the inability to save in prosperous times, a weak governor and a cracked legislative process. Here's the scary part: Sacramento insiders claim they've already made “brutal” budget cuts and can't figure out what else to do.
Meg Whitman: control freak
Okay, this news isn't from this weekend, but it's still worth reading. Ex-Weekly journalist Anthony Pignataro, who now reports in Sacramento for CalWatchDog, penned an excellent web piece on the impenetrable bureaucratic infrastructure of Meg Whitman's expensive campaign for governor. Whitman spokesman Darrel Ng says they don't let reporters in the campaign headquarters because there are so many top secrets documents floating around. Really, Darrel?
Where you from?
Andrew Galvin at the Register reports from an Anaheim neighborhood that this weekend celebrated its break from control by the notorious Jeffrey Street criminal street gang. Residents say a gang injunction has dramatically helped free the area from loitering hoodlums looking for trouble.
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.