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Update-O-Rama: New Chief, Elections, Sentence?, Gold Line

November 14, 2009

Now that the coalition of surly/sarcastic Eastsiders, Germans, and Pittsburghites (who are clearly much smarter than I am) have stopped commenting on my apparently controversial Berlin Wall post, I can dedicate some space on here to relevant events. Yay.

Mayor V. has picked Charlie Beck for Police Chief, thus depriving me of a slew of Michael Moore jokes. LA’s new top cop appears poised to carry on the legacy of Bratton, though he may turn the LAPD into more of a family outfit – all of his immediate relatives are also in the force.

The elections of a week ago went relatively well, nothing terribly remarkable, but you can view the full results here. The next big election: Long Beach’s education-related Measure T, scheduled for December 29. Apparently, education officials decided that it would be better to hold the election before new years since people would be less hung over.

No sentence yet for the Mandeville Menace, Dr. Christopher Thompson, who was found guilty of several counts of felony assault a week ago. The sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 3. Ted Rogers, blogger of Biking in LA and my favorite pessimist, worries that the dastardly doctor won’t get his comeuppance.

In other news, guess what’s opening tomorrow? None other than the Edward R. Roybal Linea de Oro Nombre Muy Grande Gold Line! The lesser blogs are too scared to attend actual opening day, opting instead to ride early. But not me! I’ll be there for the actual opening and festivities, which include a farmer’s market at East LA civic center, Mariachis at Mariachi Plaza, Karaoke in Little Tokyo, and possible sightings of Cheech Marin. The gold line extension is free, but the older Pasadena portion is still $1.25. But to celebrate the event, Metro has replaced its normal fare inspectors with Mexican wrestlers.

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