Saturday, March 18, 2006

Little Antonio and Little Ed

The Los Angeles Times' City Hall reporter, the Pulitzer Prize winning Steve Hymon (he won for his work on the Times' series two years ago on the King-Drew Hospital), recently launched a test to see if two fish could survive in water Mr. Hymon drew from the Los Angeles River. Then the plot, or water, thickened, as the Times put a web cam next to the fish, which Hymon named Little Antonio and Little Ed, after Mayor Villaraigosa and Ad Hoc Committee on the Los Angeles River (where I serve as Vice Chair) Chair Councilmember Ed Reyes. The city is currently implementing a number of strategies to clean up the water of the Los Angeles River, our local lakes (like Echo Park Lake) and the Santa Monica Bay and Harbor, using funds from Proposition O, the voter-supported ballot measure that Councilmember Jan Perry and I put on the ballot in 2004.