John Kobylt had recently used the 73 Toll Road, and with his usual bluster took a few minutes to justifiably condemn how poorly the TCA (a “colossal ripoff“) has implemented the electronic tolling system on their ludicrously expensive and poorly used asset. Last May, the Toll Roads stopped accepting cash — both the human toll takers and payment machines were eliminated. Users were expected to have transponders and “FasTrak” for automated billing, or a license plate reader would register the user in a database and then expect their payment via the Internet within 48 hours, before a $57 fine was added. Continue reading
Per the LA Times yesterday (outside paywall here), Republican Gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari are scheduled to debate each other at the Ayres Hotel in Anaheim on Thursday, May 15th. KFI-AM 640’s John and Ken Show is hosting a remote broadcast.
Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown has reportedly been invited, but it’s doubtful he would attend. Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount has removed himself from the Governor’s race, citing health issues. Blount has also been rumored to be using his campaign to promote a software product he’d developed.
Lost amidst the storm of recent news stories and blog posts over Matt “Jerbal” Cunningham‘s ignominious departure from the OC Parks Commission and his loss of a couple of low-six figure consulting contracts with the OCTA, was the blockbuster dropped by the OC Weekly’s R. Scott Moxley last week on Congressman Dana Rohrbacher’s Costa Mesa rental home: [Moxley Confidential] Congressman turned $1 million Costa Mesa home rental into pigsty. This story rivals the bad press that ruined former Long Beach Congresswoman Laura Richardson whose own adventures in real estate began with a trashed and unpaid-for Sacramento home which helped (along with re-districting) to end her sorry political career. Continue reading
Munchkin: As Coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, and she’s not only merely dead, she’s really most sincerely dead.
Chris Reed, writing for Cal Watchdog has the best take on the recent death of Jerry Brown’s Bullet Train discusses their last hope — that the ChiComs might step in to save the High-Speed Rail project because of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s visit to Beijing a few years ago: Continue reading
Per the Orange County Business Journal, ex-LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (known as “Tony Vilar” to John and Ken fans) will be joining Irvine-based Banc of California per this posting today:
Irvine-based Banc of California Inc. has tapped former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as strategic adviser to its chief executive, Steve Sugarman… Sugarman said he expects Villaraigosa to help strengthen PacTrust’s community-banking strategy “as we develop and identify new markets to go into.” He said the bank and Villaraigosa will continue to focus on lending to small businesses and to potential homeowners. Villaraigosa will work from Banc of California’s offices in Los Angeles.
Per the LA Time$, Tutor Perini, the lead firm in a vendor team that bid and won a $985 million deal to build the first 29 miles of (just) railway for the Bullet Train alignment between Madera and Fresno did so in a way that’s suspect and certainly opens up the Rail Authority to legal challenges from the losing bidders. Their lead, Continue reading