Council debate about fiscal shortfalls and proposed campaign finance reform may at least provide some political capital.
May 29, 2006 | Steve Hymon | Times Staff Writer
It was a Los Angeles City Council debate that had to be seen to be believed.
Councilman Alex Padilla wanted his colleagues to affirm that there was no money in the city budget for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s school takeover plan.
Never mind that anyone who had read the budget already knew this. And ignore the fact that no one saw the need to affirm that the budget also didn’t contain money to paint city fire hydrants pink.