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LA Nixes Parking Lot Plan: Good Riddance

Despite the protestations of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the city council officially killed plans to contract out nine city parking lots to a private company in exchange for a lump sum payment to fill a $54 million budget gap. Villaraigosa sent a letter to the council asking them to reconsider, but the deal appears dead, thank God. That hasn’t stopped the Mayor’s press flack Matt Szabo from weighing in, however.

“The outcome from this process turned out to be a counterproductive waste of time that ultimately will not serve the best interests of the city,” Szabo told the LA Times.

Best interests of the city, huh? Anyone up in the air about whether or not that was the right decision should read this piece in the Dallas Star-Telegram analyzing Chicago’s private parking meter deal. See how well that deal worked out for their city.

H/T Matt Taibbi

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LA Weekly Answers Mayor V

mayorv222.jpgAs we reported yesterday, after LA Weekly wrote a critical article about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in September, and then he defended himself with the LA Daily News last week.

Basically, the Weekly reported that Villaraigosa only does city business (according to his schedule) with 11% of his time. So Villaraigosa said that it wasn’t true because the Weekly only got his public calendar. Whole story is here.

Jill Stewart sent FBLA this email:

The question for us is, wtf is Antonio saying, exactly, in his slam on us?

Is Antonio saying that he has a second set of books that detail his real schedule and that prove he does actual city business? That would be news to us, and a big ethical breach by him if true, for withholding it from us. And that would be a really juicy new story.

More likely, and the only other possibility, is that the mayor lied when he said: “… they were upset because we only gave them my public calendar. They didn’t get to see what I was doing privately, with meetings here (at City Hall) or in other places.”

Nuh uh Tony. Never happened.

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Luke Ford Scoops the LA Times, Daily News, but not Telemundo: Villaraigosa Admits to Affair with Mirthala Salinas

Luke Ford was right all along. The Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa announced that he was, indeed, in a relationship with Telemundo anchor Mirthala Salinas. She even reported on the mayor’s separation from his wife (scroll down to the third video, above.) Talk about getting close to a news source!

And here’s the best part: Telemundo management knew about the relationship–the station moved Salinas off the beat nearly a year ago. David Zahnizer, in the LA Weekly, writes:

Salinas made her biggest splash last year when, camera operator in tow, she got a rare peek at the stash of toilet brushes sent to Villaraigosa after he delivered his famous “We clean your toilets” speech to a crowd of immigrants.

FBLA thinks Villaraigosa probably has no chance of being Hillary Clinton’s running mate. The LA Times helpfully points out politicans who’ve recovered from scandals, like Gary Hart. Oops!

The Daily News traces the evolution of the story.

Mayor Sam is gloating.

ERS News
knows a lot about Ms. Salinas.

Matt Szabo, sadly no longer blogging, gave the mayor some good advice: Keep your nose clean. And show up. Everywhere. Well, he took part of it.

Tabloid Baby takes the tabloid angle, naturally.

Independent Sources has some great shots of the mayor and his ladies.

Looks like that PR trick of breaking bad news right before a holiday just doesn’t work anymore.