THERE was something powerful about the image of dozens of Los Angeles’ political and business leaders gathered together in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., earlier this week. For once, they were unified in their purpose. Here were LAUSD board President Marlene Canter and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who until just recently were sniping over school reform, on the same team. There were Chamber of Commerce officials and business leaders, who so often find themselves at odds with the not-so-business-friendly Los Angeles City Council, standing side by side with those same council members. Instead of their usual differences, this group of 200 all had the same goal – to hit up the Capitol’s movers and shakers for more money for transportation, housing, security and immigration for Southern California. While the trip accomplished nothing of immediate consequence (these trips rarely do) other than feel-good face time with federal decision-makers, it did serve to underline one important point: When they want to, these political rivals can play nice and work together for a common cause. It’s great to see the leadership pulling together for something real. But it’s too bad that when they return from those trips of temporary unity, the all-togetherness is all but forgotten until the next time they go on a begging trip to Sacramento or D.C. Imagine what might be accomplished, however, if that singularity of purpose were applied to some of the city’s and region’s most pressing problems. Imagine Villaraigosa and Canter coming together to reform the schools rather than fighting each other while test scores continue to go down. Imagine the Los Angeles City Council and the business leaders crafting policy that attracts businesses that have well-paying, middle-class jobs rather than low-paid service jobs. Imagine all of them pulling together for traffic relief. Imagining them working together to benefit the city and region is what we’re going to have to do. At least until the next junket.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WEST COVINA – Two men died and another man and a woman were wounded after being shot at a party on James Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez said police responded to a call of shots heard in the 2700 block of James Street near South Hollenbeck Avenue at 1:57 a.m. Sunday. Officers discovered that a shooting had occurred in a residence in the area. Robert Ruiz, 23, of La Puente, was found dead at the scene. Another shooting victim – Adam Rodriguez, 20, of West Covina – showed up later at a local hospital, where he died.Two more shooting victims – a 23-year-old Valinda man and a 22-year-old La Puente woman – arrived later at a local hospital.Both are being treated; their conditions are unknown, Lopez said.Because most of the partygoers scattered after the shooting occurred, Lopez said that very little information is available to officers.“We are really, really reaching for straws,” Lopez said.Lopez asked that anyone with information on this incident call the police department at (626) 939-8557. He said those wishing to remain anonymous can call the department’s hot line at (626) 939-8688. [email protected](626) 578-6300, EXT. 4496 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!