Wearing the map of Ireland on his smiling newlywed face and armed with the richest Irish brogue on the Westside, Culver City pub owner Mehaul O’Leary on Tuesday, Dec. 27, declared his intention to run for the City Council in next April’s election.
As the second challenger for the two available seats, he joins Planning Commissioner Scott Malsin who made a large splash at City Hall on Monday, Dec. 19, when he announced his candidacy.
We have also seen the question examined in larger media, in connection with corruption in cities like Carson, Compton and Lynwood. Compton, if I remember correctly, was paying its members about $40,000 each per year, plus expenses. Lynwood had a system where the City Council members were paid an annual salary and a per diem for each meeting. This encouraged them to have many meetings.
Just ask Bob Taft, the governor of Ohio; Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico; Bill Frist, U.S. senator from Tennessee; Tom DeLay, U.S. representative from Texas; Randy (Duke) Cunningham, the former U.S. Representative from California; or Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney.
As an advocate of multiplicity in wives, I have often found myself in the iron grip of centrifugal forces that drive me the wrong way in a dispute. Carelessly, I make an errant statement. I realize my gaffe immediately. But the momentum and the bitterness of the disagreement, not to mention my ego, prohibit me from making a self-correction. Heaven forbid. So you keep running at full speed in the wrong direction, knowingly.
Symbolic of the efficiency, laser-like focus and professionalism that he brings to his first citywide run for office, the activist Scott Malsin demonstrated the value of firstness last week. It fetched for him the kind of voter attention every new candidate yearns for. Typical of his thoroughness, he planned each step this way, attempting to plant the impression he will be a first-tier challenger.
The most delicately positioned public figure, arguably, in Culver City this winter is the Interim Police Chief Bill Burck.
He finally has the job that every lifetime officer wants — but will it last or will it evaporate in the bloom of spring?
This is the conundrum confronting Mr. Burck in what may be the twilight of his long police service.
At least four Culver City police officers, and possibly a fifth — among them several surprising names — this week are chasing the most elusive prize in Westside law enforcement, becoming the chief of the Police Dept.
Unsurprisingly, the drama surrounding the I Wanna Be Chief Derby one month before the filing deadline is thicker than the belly of an oldtime Irish police chief.
When confronted with the fact at two public meetings of the School Board, members remained silent, not even acknowledging the truth. They did not offer any public explanation, remaining unresponsive. I guess they thought it would better for them politically to maintain silence since it was so near to Election Day.