In the midst of two grand-jury investigations and accusations of -pay to play,- another high-profile aide to Mayor Jim Hahn has stepped down. Airport Commissioner Ted Stein said false accusations made it impossible for him to do his job. Meantime, a high-profile City Councilman, Bernard Parks, filed papers today for what he calls an -exploratory- effort to run against Hahn next year. Several other state and city officials have similar ideas. Is there a crisis of confidence at Los Angeles City Hall? Warren Olney leads a debate about the city's leadership between Councilman Jack Weiss, who's become an outspoken critic of the Mayor, and Bill Carrick, a political advisor to Jim Hahn, and .
- Making News: Inglewood Voters Say No to WalMart
By a vote of 7000-to-4500, voters in Inglewood said -no- to the world-s biggest corporation. WalMart will not be able to go around elected officials and state development laws to build that massive super-center between Hollywood Park and the Forum. Democratic State Assemblyman Jerome Horton, who was part of yesterday-s winning effort, says he'd welcome the giant retailer to Inglewood, but without pre-empting state law.
- Reporter's Notebook: How about a Part-Time Legislature?
Governor Schwarzenegger has told the LA Times he-d like to see the state Legislature work just part-time. The Governor made the comment while on vacation in Hawaii. Although he doesn't think it a great idea, Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Weintraub acknowledges that the idea isn't really far from today's reality.
Ingelwood election results
United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) on WalMart
City of Los Angeles
LA Times article on Bernard Parks' plan to run for mayor
Councilman Bernard Parks
State Senator Richard Alarc-n
Board of Airport Commissioners
LA Department of Water and Power (DWP)
LA Police Department (LAPD)
LA Times article on Governor Schwarzenegger's desire for a part-time legislature