Midweek Update

June 23rd, 2010 · 4 Comments

It has been a busy week, and I haven’t had as much time to devote to blogging as I would like, but here are some items that I think everyone should be reading this week:

1. The now infamous Rolling Stone profile of General McChrystal. This is a must read. It’s very well done, and really to me, it displays how arrogant this man is. Also, the article pretty much confirms my suspicions about what a mess the war in Afghanistan is. This piece is also a pretty good account of the events leading up to McChrystal turning in his resignation today.

2. A pretty good Q&A about Latino politics with Columbia University Professor Rodolfo de la Garza. I read a lot of his work in college, so I’m familiar with his scholarship.

3. This new report by the Center for Responsible Lending about how Latinos and blacks have been affected by the foreclosure crisis. I had blogged about the mortgage and foreclosure crisis last year as it relates to the Latino community here and here.

4. And finally, Mayor Villaraigosa and his freebies to concerts and sporting events in Los Angeles. Villar is saying that he was at these events in his official capacity as mayor, and that may very well be the case, but his predecessor did not take as loose of a view toward these sports and cultural events. And in these tough times, accepting so many freebies is probably not a good way to win over the goodwill of the public, especially when the City of Los Angeles is laying people off and cutting services. I think that Mayor V should be more mindful of the public sentiment before scampering about the city like this or at least convey the impression that something fruitful is coming from attending all of these events in his official capacity.

Tags: Antonio Villaraigosa

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pablo // Jun 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Also, some good observations by Ezra Klein I think are relevant to the CIR debate lagging in its infancy:

  • 2 Anna // Jun 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    What do you think of the Bloomberg/Murdoch immigration proposal?

  • 3 doctorH // Jun 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Times has some enlightened commentary on Villaraigosa’s corruptive nature,0,1751060.column

    Of course, Steve Lopez only scrapes the surface of this small-minded, shameless little man. No wonder the news media was so quick to appoint him one of the leaders of the Latino community. His public behavior not only demeans himself, but it also demeans the larger Latino community making us all look dishonest.

  • 4 Anna // Jun 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Steve Lopez has personal issues with the Mayor. Who cares what he thinks. And it’s not Villaraigosa who creates a negative perception of Latinos. It’s those idiots who commit crimes and spray graffitti everywhere. As I said before, women need to use birth control and learn how to plan their children. Don’t have children before age 30. Use your 20s to go to school, work and save. Take child development classes. If even 10% of the next generation of women who live in high crime areas did this, I bet the crime rate would plummet.

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