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Sorry I'm late this morning - I wish I could blame it on a late night at the Beachwood Inn (free pool and Bob behind the bar on Tuesday nights), but alas I had to get some NBC5 work out of the way.

So . . . let's see. Oh yeah. Here we go.

Thank You
William Schirmang.

You were the cause of - and the solution to - all of life's problems.

The Daley Show
"After Mayor Richard Daley pushed through his first city budget for 1990, the Buildings Department was headed by a commissioner, two deputy commissioners and an assistant commissioner," the Tribune reports.

"By this year, the mayor's budget has ballooned to include two managing deputy commissioners, a first deputy, five deputies and six assistants - even as the department has far fewer workers."

When Todd Stroger does it, he's a hack. When Richard M. Daley does it, he's an international management darling.

"The City Council is set to trim eight high-level managers from the Buildings Department when it votes on Daley's 2009 budget Wednesday.

"While Daley is cutting non-union top bosses, those layoffs will only partially offset the dramatic growth in upper-echelon management during Daley's reign. A Tribune analysis of city budgets found that since 1990 the number of department heads, deputies and assistant department heads has risen from fewer than 200 to almost 350, despite the slow shrinking of the city workforce."


The Trib is live-blogging today's council meeting.

Joe the Senator
I'm not going to spend the next four years saying I Told You So, or even the next four weeks, days or hours, but I will say that readers of the Beachwood will not be surprised that Barack Obama saved Joe Lieberman's bacon.

And progressives - meaning the left part of the Democratic party, clarification being necessary since moderates have tried to claim the nomenclature - who think they are Obama's base haven't been paying attention (or else they've been watching too much Fox News, a more unlikely possibility).

Memo to Kos, et. al.: You're idiots.

But it's nice of the Tribune, in a straight news story, to rationalize on behalf of the president-elect.

At least the Tribune finally acknowledged, sort of, what Obama did in that Connecticut primary.


The Clinton Administration is coming along nicely, don't you think?

Setting Sun-Times
"As we have told you and our shareholders before, the Board considered an option to voluntarily terminate the registration of our Company's stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Board determined that the Class A common stock is held of record by fewer than 300 shareholders and is therefore eligible for deregistration. We have estimated that if our Company's stock is deregistered under federal securities laws, our 2009 corporate costs would be more than $10 million lower than our 2008 corporate costs, due largely to reductions in costs related to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, SEC reporting and directors and officers insurance. This is a logical move for a company of our size."

Corporate costs could be lowered even more by eliminating the corporation.

Dr. Phil
I heard him say this yesterday and I thought it was worth repeating.

"I believe that 80 percent of questions are statements in disguise."

I wonder if the vice versa is also true.

Auto Pilot
I cannot believe - or, depressingly, I can - how many media members fell for the $1 PT Cruiser story I wrote about yesterday. I saw it picked up by CBS2, NBC5 and CNN Headline News, among others.

Do the math, people!

A) Newspapers should start selling a second ad for $1.
B) Pay a bribe for a zoning change and get the second one for a buck!
C) If you buy The Beachwood Media Company at list price, I will throw in a second one for a dollar.

Slim to None
The White Sox will become America's Team when monkeys fly out of Ozzie Guillen's butt - or when Richard Roeper spends more than 15 minutes writing his column, whichever comes first.

Lake Effect
The Urban Waterfronts Conference is in town.

Programming Note
That's all I've got today. Look for a full slate of Beachwood all the way around tomorrow.

The Beachwood Tip Line: To have and to hold.


Posted on November 19, 2008

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