L.A. CITY HALL: Editorial, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, report card, C+: "How is L.A.'s City Council President doing?" ....
* Los Angeles Times (editorial): "Grading City Hall: How does L.A.'s City Council President score?"
Just a few years ago, the Los Angeles City Council was considered almost unmanageable, populated by a motley group of elected officials with their own priorities and allegiances. The council president was referred to as the chief cat herder because the poor fellow (it's always been a man) was expected to, somehow, persuade the council members to act together, like members of a functional legislative body, rather than like 15 lords of 15 fiefdoms. Then Herb Wesson took charge.
The former speaker of the Assembly was elected council president by his colleagues in November 2011 and quickly brought a top-down, I'm-the-boss Sacramento sensibility to the City Council — for better and worse. . . . . . . . .
At his best, Wesson has pushed the council to make difficult decisions for Los Angeles, and he has given his colleagues cover for votes that might antagonize their political backers . . . . . . . .
But when Wesson doesn't want something, it goes nowhere . . . . . . . .
So what are his priorities? It's a bit hard to say .........................