Welcome to Mayor’s Morning Brief - A daily collection of what we’re reading here in the Mayor’s office. Today is Friday, July 6th:
Moving walkways are typically found in airports and shopping malls, places where tiredness and sloth mix with the urgent need to get somewhere. But one city in Spain has broken out of the box with a snazzy mechanical walkway running right through the middle of town.
Although most of the news media and the local political community have treated this effort with great indifference, approval of America Fast Forward is one of the most important transportation developments in recent local history. It is a huge triumph for a mayor dogged by bad press, some of it his own making, some of it by media fixation on a phony narrative of a failing Villaraigosa administration.
The June jobs report is out from the Labor Department and the news isn’t as good as many observers had hoped when some positive employment data came out yesterday. The U.S. added only 80,000 new private-sector jobs, well below the 176,000 that payroll processor ADP reported. The unemployment rate remains 8.2 percent.
Rail officials said Thursday that if the funding measure fails, the $68 billion project is effectively dead.
A future Hall of Fame point guard means the ball won’t die in Kobe Bryant’s hands next season. Magic Johnson is thrilled with the move, but he wants more.