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TIPOFF CITY HALL FOLKS PADDLING AROUND IN A SEA OF ALPHABET SOUP.



Byline: RICK ORLOV

If you want to find your way around LACH, your best bet is to KISS and realize TTWWADI TTWWADI Thats The Way We Always Did It! .

For those of us who speak English, that translates into Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  City Hall, Keep It Short and Sweet because That's The Way We've Always Done It.

It is a bewildering be·wil·der  
tr.v. be·wil·dered, be·wil·der·ing, be·wil·ders
1. To confuse or befuddle, especially with numerous conflicting situations, objects, or statements. See Synonyms at puzzle.

2.
 maze of acronyms that is facing the City Council's newest members. One of its veterans - Councilman Hal Bernson Hal Bernson served as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 12th district. He was chair of the Transportation Committee. Prior to being on the City Council, he served in the Navy.

Preceded by
Robert M.
 - last week provided the six new members with a dictionary of acronyms developed by his staff over the years.

Called ``Alphabet Soup,'' the 47-page document lists the major acronyms used in local government to describe programs and agencies.

But even then, there can be confusion. AB, for instance, can stand for Absentee Ballot, Ad Hoc For this purpose. Meaning "to this" in Latin, it refers to dealing with special situations as they occur rather than functions that are repeated on a regular basis. See ad hoc query and ad hoc mode.  Budget Committee or Assembly Bill. And SOB at City Hall is the State Office Building.

Then there are the curious ones. FIFO (First In First Out) A storage method that retrieves the item stored for the longest time. Contrast with LIFO. See traffic engineering methods.

FIFO - first-in first-out
 stands for first in, first out. TCTC TCTC The Cooper Temple Clause (band)
TCTC Too Close to Call
TCTC Twin Cities Tandem Club (Minnesota)
TCTC Tri-County Telephone Company (New Richmond, Indiana) 
 is too close to call and WIGO WIGO What Is Going On?  asks, What is going on? All of which leads some to wonder if there are just TMA TMA Turnaround Management Association
TMA Texas Medical Association
TMA Transportation Management Association
TMA Training and Management Assistance (a component of OHRD, which is a component of OWR)
TMA Tooling & Manufacturing Association
 - too many acronyms.

Sometimes, some people just seem to have more access. Particularly if you're a billionaire.

That apparently is the case for Eli Broad Eli Broad (born June 6, 1933) a native of Detroit, Michigan is a Jewish American billionaire who lives in Los Angeles, California. His last name is pronounced as rhyming with road.

Broad is well known for his philanthropy and extensive art collection.
, who was very publicly (and financially) in the corner of former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa in the recent mayor's race.

However, nothing deters someone like Broad, who has proved over the years that his determination can get things done. Witness the Disney Concert Hall, the Museum of Modern Art and the 2000 Democratic National Convention, among other things.

Broad held a lengthy meeting last week with Mayor James Hahn to discuss some of his concerns and projects involving downtown Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The sprawling, multi-centered megacity is such that its downtown core is often considered just another district like Hollywood or , in what the billionaire later described as a friendly discussion.

``I told him what (former President) Lyndon Johnson did after his first race for Congress,'' Broad said. ``Johnson called in all the people who had opposed him and told him they were allowed one mistake but never to let it happen again.''

Hahn also is involved in some other inside-City Hall fence mending.

Controller Laura Chick, who angered many Hahn supporters when she backed Villaraigosa, has started meeting with the mayor's top aides to find ways they can work together over the next four years.

Chick said she hopes they can put the election behind them and, for his part, Hahn - who also once served as controller - is said to have some ideas on how he and Chick can work together.

City Council President Alex Padilla is expected to announce committee assignments soon, possibly this week, and some major changes are expected.

In addition to rewarding allies, Padilla wants to deal with issues such as the new neighborhood councils, which he addressed when he beat out Councilwoman Ruth Galanter for the presidency two weeks ago.

He has met, sometimes several times, with council members to get their input and float ideas past them on ways to change the committees - either deleting some and adding new ones or changing their roles.

One idea he is said to have entails creating separate panels for Airports and the Harbor. That would allow him to keep Galanter in charge of doings at LAX - something she fiercely wants because it is in her district - and give new Councilwoman Janice Hahn control of the Harbor, which is in her district.

Such a move also helps alleviate potential opposition to his plans by not further angering Galanter.

Padilla did make a move last week which did not endear en·dear  
tr.v. en·deared, en·dear·ing, en·dears
To make beloved or very sympathetic: a couple whose kindness endeared them to friends.
 him to Galanter when he named himself chairman of the Rules and Elections Committee. Galanter had served as vice chairwoman - and was the sole member of the committee after the death of former Council President John Ferraro and the election of Laura Chick as controller.

While former Mayor Richard Riordan continues to insist he has not decided whether to run for governor next year, he is sure giving all the indications of a candidacy.

Consider that last week he issued a scathing statement on the state budget deadlock and a proposal to increase the sales tax sales tax, levy on the sale of goods or services, generally calculated as a percentage of the selling price, and sometimes called a purchase tax. It is usually collected in the form of an extra charge by the retailer, who remits the tax to the government.  by 0.25 percent - a move he said would hurt the poor and middle class the most.

Then Riordan made a series of telephone calls to members of the California GOP delegation in Washington, D.C., where the draft-Riordan movement began - all in the name of keeping them informed where he stands.

But if he thinks it will be easy to win the Republican nomination, his opponents have other thoughts in mind.

Secretary of State Bill Jones and millionaire businessman Bill Simon Jr. said they plan to remind the GOP faithful of Riordan's past support for Democrats - including Gov. Gray Davis.

Simon's campaign released a poll last week that showed declining support for Riordan after GOP voters were ``educated'' about Riordan's past contributions to Democrats, his opposition to Proposition 13 and his support for gay and abortion rights, as well as the Rampart Division corruption case.

``The results were startling star·tle  
v. star·tled, star·tling, star·tles

v.tr.
1. To cause to make a quick involuntary movement or start.

2. To alarm, frighten, or surprise suddenly. See Synonyms at frighten.
 even to us,'' Simon campaign manager Sal Russo said in a memo to reporters across the state. ``We expected voters to react negatively, but in each of the three questions, very large numbers of voters said they would be much less likely to vote for Riordan.''

All of which would make it difficult for Riordan to get beyond the primary election - and even more problematic in a general election without a strong GOP base.

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