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Thoroughly Modern Bob – Coming to a Legislature Near You!

Paul Hatfield
PERSPECTIVE-Thoroughly Modern Millie was a Tony Award winner. State Senator Bob Hertzberg is rolling out his own sequel. The only problem is the production cost. Actually, the real problem is we will be the ones bankrolling it if Bob gets the green light. It is the most expensive tax scam concocted, more than California HSR. I’m talking…

Elite Girls School Has Brentwood Up in Arms … Over Traffic

John Schwada
INSIDE LA-Hairdresser Mikell Powell is walking her two dogs in Brentwood along Sunset Boulevard just across the street from the Archer School for Girls (photo left). “I’m opposed to anything that would make driving on Sunset here anymore hellish than it already is,” Powell says as her dogs tug on their leashes. No question: there’s a 1.2 mile…

Homeless LA: Safe Havens, Not Sidewalks

Mike Bonin
WHO WE ARE-In recent years, Los Angeles has seen more progress in combating homelessness than it ever has – yet the problem is still getting worse. Since 2011, the region has housed more than 23,000 people – a record number even by national standards. Yet homelessness is on the rise. Encampments are proliferating in our neighborhoods throughout…

Can LA Afford Another Olympics?

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-Boston bailed on hosting the 2024 Olympics when Mayor Martin Walsh refused to sign a host city contract with the United States Olympic Committee (“USOC”) that would have put Beantown (and possibly the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) on the hook for any cost overruns associated with this 17 day extravaganza. But Walsh’s refusal to…

The Petty Hypocrisy of Mandatory Ethics Training

Bob Gelfand
GELFAND’S WORLD-As a member of a neighborhood council board, I am required by state law to do 2 hours of ethics training every 2 years. Elected officials such as members of the City Council are also required to take this training. The curious thing about our California ethics rules is that they prohibit the small stuff while looking the other way…

Los Angeles: Brown lives Matter!

Fred Mariscal
LATINO PERSPECTIVE-According to the Los Angeles Times, over the last five years in LA County, coroner's data show that Latinos, who make up about half of the county's population, also represent about half the people killed by police. Of the 23 people fatally shot by law enforcement in the county this year, 14 were Latino. The Times raises an…

Grading the LA Times: Mike Feuer’s B+ Leaves Something Out

Noel Weiss
OTHER VOICES-Reading the LA Times’ Report Card grade of B+ for City Attorney Mike Feuer, it was good to see at least a 'hat-tip' to the issue of whether the City Attorney really is the “attorney for the people.” But their conclusion seems to be that he is not, and I believe that is wrong. Exactly who does the City Attorney represent? Certainly, he…

Beverly Hills Pounds Final Nail in Bike Lanes Coffin

Mark Elliot
GETTING THERE FROM HERE-If you expected that Beverly Hills might install bicycle lanes on our segment of Santa Monica Boulevard when reconstructing it next year, you will be sorely disappointed to know that City Council just pounded the final nail into the bike lanes coffin. City Council split on the Blue Ribbon Committee recommendation to expand…

Helter Skelter, Murder and the Looming Race War

Tony Castro
TONY CASTRO’S LA-In one of our last conversations before his death earlier this year, author and prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi lamented that while he had successfully imprisoned Charles Manson, he feared he had only made a dent in the threat of an apocalyptic race war that the mass murderer had hoped to ignite. “Madness and mad men,” said Bugliosi,…

 

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Ray Bradbury and the Strange World of California Politics

POLITICS AND REMEMBERANCE - I personally know of one instance when the great science fiction/fantasy writer, Ray Bradbury, took an interest in California politics. Bradbury, who passed away Tuesday at age 91, was the star attraction at a fundraiser for economist Arthur Laffer’s U.S. Senate campaign in late 1985. Bradbury, of course, expressed a deep interest in basic issues of human affairs. There is no better example than perhaps his best-known work, Fahrenheit 451, and it treatise on censorship, free speech and technology. A Wall Street Journal essay on the occasion of his death demonstrated the writer opposed political correctness.

But, on the occasion to which I refer, Bradbury ventured into the active political world – although his participation may have not been political at all.

Let me explain.

By the mid-1980s Arthur Laffer had gained fame as a chief architect of supply-side economics and was the creator of the Laffer Curve, which postulated that there is an optimum point on a tax rate curve at which government can collect the most revenue. If the tax rate is too low or too high revenue collection is diminished.

Laffer had served as an economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan and decided that he would make a bid for the California senate seat held by Democrat Alan Cranston.

Laffer was not alone in this bid. Seven Republicans tried for the office.  Congressman Ed Zschau won the primary race and went on to lose to Cranston by less than 1.5% in the 1986 general election.

Bradbury appeared at the Laffer fundraiser and explained what drew him to Laffer’s side. He liked new things — new ways of thinking, new approaches to old problems, he said at the event, and he felt Laffer’s theories qualified.

Bradbury looked at life through the same lens in which he imagined the strange worlds of his books.

Bradbury’s quest for the new and different and creative brought him to encourage Laffer and his economic approach.

Ray Bradbury brought all his readers into strange and vivid worlds. I suppose to many, the world of politics is a bizarre world and someplace an inquisitive Ray Bradbury would delight in visiting.

I still have the book he inscribed for me that evening in late December. With a touch of mirth, he wrote: For Joel at Noel!

RIP, Ray Bradbury.

(Joel Fox, author of the mystery Lincoln’s Hand, is editor of Fox & Hounds Daily and president of the Small Business Action Committee. This piece appeared originally at foxandhoundsdaily.com.)
-cw

Tags: Joel Fox, Ray Bradbury, politics, California, Arthur Laffer, US Senate








CityWatch
Vol 10 Issue 46
Pub: June 8, 2012


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