The whole city is abuzz over whether tonight the city council will approve $3.5-ish million to lure Laemmle Theaters to Downtown Newhall. It’s a topic worthy of deep and contrasting discussions, and there will be time for that. But tonight, we want you to follow the action, in person or at home, and make up your own mind.
And what better way to stimulate engagement than a game of bingo?
As blocks are filled, tweet us @SCVtweets (#SCCouncil) and if BINGO hits, I expect to hear some cheering on my TV. Do we have a deal?
As colorful as our City Council meetings get during public comments, we’ve never seen a show quite like this. But then again, we’ve never had a gadfly like John Walsh nor a badass like Sheila Kuehl.
Towards the end of Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a man named John Walsh came to the podium to chastise the board for their earlier vote to welcome Syrian refugees to Los Angeles County.
But when he called Supervisor Sheila Kuehl an anti-semitic “scumbag,” Kuehl punched right back.
SUP. SHEILA KUEHL: Listen, you asshole, I am a Jew! My mother was a Jew! And if you say that again, I will shout the entire time you are talking! Thank you.
Walsh continued yelling as his microphone was cut. Supervisor Hilda Solis, who was chairing the meeting, asked a sheriff’s deputy to remove Walsh before Kuehl intervened and asked him to continue his speech. Walsh goes on for a while, but with his microphone cut, we don’t know what he was saying.
John Walsh also spoke earlier in the meeting where he dropped at least one f-bomb in an anti-muslim tirade.
JOHN WALSH: …If you believe in Islam, you’re going to go to heaven and you’re going get 150 houris, H.O.U.R.I.S. and you’re going to fuck them all day and all night for the rest of eternity. And your wife disappears. That’s what it is. And I say it. And if you vote for these terrorists, let the blood be on your hands, Miss Kuehl. Let the blood be on your hands, Miss Solis and let the blood be on the hands of Mark Ridley-Thomas…
HILDA SOLIS, CHAIR: Time has expired. Next speaker, please.
In low-turnout elections like this one, about 75% of voters will vote by mail. These first numbers include all of the VBM ballots that have been counted so far. Because this first count represents such a big share of the total votes, the leaders at the first count will almost always hold on to their lead. Time will tell, of course, and we’ve got plenty of time. We might not see updated numbers for a few hours.
About one-tenth of two-fifths of the valley will be electing board members to the Hart school board on Tuesday, and it’s been the most colorful election in recent memory. For the benefit of the voting public, and in the interest of transparent elections, we’re posting the campaign finance disclosure forms for each candidate. I asked all four candidates for copies of their forms. Two responded (Taban and Mercado-Fortine) with their copies of their forms. The other two (Storli and Sturgeon) did not respond, so theirs came from someone who did a public records request with the County.
For now, these are posted without comment, except to say that these weren’t easy to come by, and that shouldn’t be the case. I really hope that our local agencies will take steps in the near future to make disclosure in elections readily available to the public online, or at the very least, in Santa Clarita. Currently, these forms only exist in paper form in Norwalk, which is basically Disneyland, with banker’s hours to boot.
Sorry. Pre-coffee and all. Here are the forms:
(Update: a few more forms have come in for Storli’s campaign.)