Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected
LAist needs your help: Why we're asking everyone who values our journalism to donate today

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Thumbs Up For Haefele

We need to hear from you.
Today during our spring member drive, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. The local news you read here every day is crafted for you, but right now, we need your help to keep it going. In these uncertain times, your support is even more important. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership. Thank you.

Why can't we get more funny and sharp long-form commentary on city politics? That's exactly what Marc Haefele provides in the latest L.A. Alternative Press with his essay on recent media flame-ups and Mayor Hahn's reelection.

Some of these lines had LAist howling:

So why did Bill Bratton meet with the Reverend? Probably for the same reason New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly would meet with former L.A. City Councilman Nate Holden whenever the NYPD batters an arrestee in Bensonhurst.

Support for LAist comes from

Memo to Mike Kinsley - some of us would like to see the city's paper take on our politics with this kind of disarming humor and wit. (And we're not quite sure Steve Lopez can handle it all by himself.) It's all well and good to let someone like Max Boot grumble about liberals in an effort to stop people from comparing the Times to the Socialist Worker (which, by the way, isn't working). But you might find more interest than you'd expect if you followed Haefele's lead and covered City Hall as if it's something worth our attention.

Most Read