|One day after the LA Times deliberately omitted to mention Kevin James amongst Mayor candidates in the 2013 |
election, James' campaign hit back with news to wipe the smug smile off op-ed writer Jim Newton's face.
Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Kevin James issued a statement this morning announcing that in the two and a half weeks since launching his campaign to become the next Mayor of Los Angeles, he has raised over a half a million dollars in firm commitments for his campaign.
The full statement on James' website, KevinJamesForMayor.com, states that over 100 people have given firm commitments to raise between $10,000 and $25,000 each through being fundraising co-chairs and committee members.
"It 's a very smart approach to fundraising," according to 2009 Los Angeles City Attorney candidate David Berger, "the kind of financial smarts this City will need in its next Mayor who will take over the eight years of fiscal irresponsibility that will be Mayor Villaraigosa's legacy." Berger said.
Half a million dollars puts James far ahead of six other likely contenders, said to include L.A. City Council members Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Real estate developer Rick Caruso has also been mentioned as a potential candidate, however, Caruso was similarly mentioned in 2009, and failed to follow through.
James' announcement came barely 24 hours after a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece deliberately omitted to mention James' candidacy. The op-ed was written by Jim Newton, described by Street-Hassle's sometimes acerbic scribe, Mulholland Terrace, as a "former news schlub, now some kind of quasi-analyst." The message seems clear; ignore Kevin James' candidacy at your peril if you want to prove precisely how biased and irrelevant you have become.
Mayor Villaraigosa Settles TicketGate Scandal With $42,000 Fine
|The LA Times reported that Mayor Villaraigosa will pay the largest ethics violation fine|
in the history of Los Angeles politics.
Villaraigosa had been under investigation for illegally "accepting tickets to sports events, concerts and other pricey entertainment activities without reporting them as gifts" according to the LA Times.
Although many would have preferred to see Villaraigosa criminally prosecuted for violating city and state ethics laws, factors in mitigation detailed in the draft settlement describes Villaraigosa's conduct as "unintentional" as based on an erroneous "good faith belief" that he did not have to report the gifts he received. Perhaps that's a polite way of saying that the Mayor who failed the California Bar Exam on multiple occasions could not be expected to understand the law.
Danette Meyers Rumored To Be Taking Steps To Refute "Tainted" Evidence In Lohan Case
Perhaps in response to comments arising from our earlier piece on dilemma facing Meyers caused by the sale of video surveillance footage of the 'crime scene,' this from RumorFix.com:
"A shocking development in the Lindsay Lohan grand theft case.
Despite the fact that the owners of Kamofie & Co allegedly sold Lindsay's surveillance video several times over, RumorFix has learned exclusively that LA Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers is going to call Sofia Kaman and a female employee to the stand when the preliminary hearing begins on April 22, 2011.
A source close to the situation tells RumorFix, "The Kamans did sell the surveillance video, however they have yet to receive one dime from the sale. They were screwed over by their attorney that brokered the deal. The Kamans absolutely didn't authorize nor want the surveillance video to be sold to the public for $2.99."
The owners of the store, where Lindsay allegedly stole a $2,500 necklace, came under heavy scrutiny because they chose to sell the video in the first place for a reported $30,000. However, the DA doesn't think this should be an issue for the judge at the preliminary hearing.
Our source says Meyers is preparing Sofia for a grilling from Lindsay' attorney, Shawn Holley. We are told that the female employee of Kamofie & Co will most likely be the star witness for Meyers. Her statements to the police, and DA has always been consistent, and she had no role in the sale of the surveillance video."
Meyers could also call the investigating officers to testify."
All very intriguing ...
ADDA Speaks Through "The Verdict"
April Fools Day also saw the much anticipated arrival of "The Verdict," the ADDA's eight-page newsletter that some might say was heavy on rhetoric but light on news.
No mention was made as to Treasurer Doug Sherrod's sudden resignation, however, eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that Loren Naiman is now listed as "Acting Treasurer" on page 8.
Equally, no news as to how the ADDA will comply with the court ordered payment of $160,00 in legal fees as a result of the loss of their appeal of a judges's ruling that the ADDA failed to hold elections and follow their bylaws.
Much was written in very general terms about the Agency Shop, but no details were given about how many votes will be required to compel all DDA's in Grades I through IV to have union dues deducted from their salaries at source, or the amount of the monthly pay deduction.
We will leave the verdict on The Verdict for your comments.