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Posts Tagged ‘David Zahniser’

LA Papers Weigh In on Mayor V’s Gubernatorial Chances

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Daniel Heimpel‘s beat has been Measure B. He explains the implications of its failing for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

Villaraigosa is considering a run for governor in 2010, and, as L.A. Weekly has previously reported, he has spent much of his time as mayor focused on appearances at photo ops and other press-oriented events. Statewide polls have shown him trailing Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in a mock gubernatorial election, and Villaraigosa still suffers high negatives following an affair that ruined his marriage.

His re-election on March 3 was supposed to create a political boost for him. His huge campaign war chest frightened off any big-name rivals for mayor, leaving him a largely clear field for a re-election romp. As the Weekly learned last month, solar Measure B was rushed onto the March 3 ballot to burnish Villaraigosa’s image with voters around California.

David Zahniser and Phil Willon write in the LAT:

The election was a mixed bag for the mayor in other ways. His ally, City Councilman Jack Weiss, was forced into a runoff in the race for city attorney. His push for the solar energy plan known as Measure B stumbled despite a flood of 30-second television commercials that featured the mayor as the sole salesman. And Measure E, a plan to give taxpayer subsidies to businesses, was defeated despite support from Villaraigosa and Police Chief William J. Bratton.

We think it’s funny that Mayor V nearly lost to gadflies because that’s what he is to the Obama Administration.

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David Zahniser Moves to LA Times–Look Out, Mr. Mayor!

The LA Weekly loses David Zahniser to the LA Times. The veteran City Hall reporter will be covering Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Kevin Roderick at LA Observed observes:

I don’t know what it means for Duke Helfand, who has been on the Antonio beat for the Times, but the hire should mean sharper, deeper and less friendly coverage of the mayor.

Zahniser’s story on the murk surrounding the death of Miguel Contreras pissed off Harold Meyerson so much, Meyerson left the Weekly. His recent story on smart growth pissed off Curbed LA readers. Obviously, he’s doing something right.

Zahniser joined the Weekly in 2006, coming from the Copley News Service. He received a Journalist of the Year award by the LA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in 2006.