CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2010 |
Once upon a time in Los Angeles, we had an aggressively dull mayor who guarded his privacy, seldom emerged from his City Hall bunker, and took his sister with him when he went out on the town. Jim Hahn was so shy a guy, I set up a service to recruit potential dates for him. In a big shakeup, the city made the switch to Antonio Villaraigosa, who seemed determined to prove that he didn't need my help. In 2007, Villaraigosa gave us the summer of love, in which the mayor's weakness for on-air TV news talent led to a bizarre press conference about his troubled marriage.
March 14, 2013 |
As City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti vie for black Democrats in South L.A. and white Republicans in the Valley, the race for mayor of Los Angeles is getting sliced ever more thinly by sophisticated demographic modeling. ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Photos: A rogues' gallery of L.A. mayors Photos: L.A. candidates' misleading campaign fliers Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
October 4, 2012 |
Curiosity is on an important mission ... to become the mayor of Mars. The NASA rover checked in on Mars' Gale Crater on Wednesday, using Foursquare, the location-based social network. And it posted a picture. "One check-in closer to being Mayor of Mars!" Curiosity said with its check-in to the crater, which it has been exploring. If Curiosity checks in enough times, it should accomplish its goal of becoming mayor fairly quickly. After all, there's no competition that we know of. On Foursquare, you can become a mayor of a location if you check in often enough.
April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx as the new secretary of Transportation on Monday, a White House official said. If confirmed, Foxx would take charge of a department that has been in the spotlight of late because of flight delays associated with furloughs of air traffic controllers. Last week, under pressure from inconvenienced travelers, Congress passed legislation allowing the Federal Aviation Administration - part of the Transportation Department -- to halt the furloughs, which are related to $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts.
July 31, 2013 |
Wait a second: Didn't we just elect a new L.A. mayor? Anyone seen or heard from him? Anyone? OK, yes, I know that Eric Garcetti is now mayor of Los Angeles. Replaced that Villaraigosa guy. Took office July 1; spent his first day “sitting down with business leaders and holding afternoon office hours for Angelenos to speak their minds, part of his promise to embrace a 'listen, then lead' style of governance at City Hall,” The Times reported . Since then, though, he mostly seems to have spent his time spending our money hiring people -- primarily people who helped get him elected, such as ex-mayoral rivals Jan Perry and Kevin James . And picking a fight with someone who most certainly didn't help get him elected, Brian D'Arcy, head of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 over at the Department of Water and Power (otherwise known as “Heaven on Earth” for working stiffs, both healthy and sick)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2010 |
A second investigative agency confirmed Tuesday that it has begun looking into Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's practice of accepting thousands of dollars in free tickets, and the mayor found himself again being pressed by reporters at events meant to draw attention to other issues. David Demerjian, head deputy of Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's Public Integrity Division, said he had contacted the City Ethics Commission — which is conducting its own investigation of the tickets — after receiving a complaint that mentioned articles about the practice by the Los Angeles Times and by KTTV-TV Channel 11. As part of the inquiry, Demerjian said, prosecutors will try to determine whether Villaraigosa should have disclosed to the commission that he received the tickets.
September 25, 2010 |
Armed assassins have killed a fourth Mexican mayor in less than six weeks' time as drug war violence continues to engulf formerly calm parts of the country, authorities said Friday. Gunmen Thursday night ambushed Prisciliano Rodriguez Salinas at his ranch home near the industrial center of Monterrey in northern Mexico. Rodriguez was mayor of the town of Doctor Gonzalez, just northeast of Monterrey. Also Friday, Ricardo Solis, who was to be sworn in as mayor of another town in two weeks, was shot by an armed commando in the border state of Chihuahua, news reports from the region said.
January 23, 2010
Aman isn't easily separated from his salt. Consider the French Revolution. Salt prices contributed to the overthrow of the monarchy after it imposed and abusively enforced taxes on this basic commodity. According to Mark Kurlansky, author of "Salt: A World History," uneven tax apportionment led to huge differences in salt prices on opposite banks of the Loire. Smuggling became rampant, with many French subjects imprisoned for their salt crimes. Maybe that's why the mayor of New York is proposing only a voluntarycrackdown on the ubiquitous seasoning, now that the city already has banned smoking and trans fats at restaurants and was the national leader in requiring calorie counts on the menus at chain eateries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2010 |
When his outsized salary was revealed, the mayor of Bell left town and took refuge at a sprawling ranch alongside a curving river in Washington's horse country. But if Oscar Hernandez thought the furor back home would blow over while he relaxed with Robert Rizzo at the city administrator's getaway in the Northwest, he was wrong. Weeks later, with the anger in Bell at full boil, authorities pounded on his front door with a battering ram and handcuffed the mayor, one of eight former and current city officials arrested that day for allegedly misappropriating more than $5 million in public funds and leaving the town on the brink of financial chaos.
August 16, 2013 |
Bob Filner may be the latest San Diego mayor to tarnish the city's image, but he is by no means the first. In fact, his offensive and sophomoric amorous adventures don't even put him at the top of the list of San Diego mayors who have failed their constituents - at least not yet. As a newspaper and TV reporter and editor, I've watched 10 mayors come and go over the last 60 years. Among them, only Pete Wilson, on whose first campaign I worked, stood out as a great mayor. And at least half of San Diego's CEOs deserved failing grades.