June 2, 2012

L.A. WEEKLY: Democratic War for L.A.’s Richest: Betsy Butler and Torie Osborn woo the carbon-counting strata of Assembly District 50.

Will plastic, toxic-free baby bottles made in another country be a deciding factor in who wins the California State Assembly’s District 50 race? In one of the most unabashedly liberal, environmentally conscious — and wealthiest — voter strongholds in the United States, which includes cities such as Malibu, Santa Monica and West Hollywood, which have banned plastic bags or nonrecyclable food containers, yes, they just might.

“This district is La La Land,” says Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science geographer Paul Robinson, an expert on social issues in California. “It’s divorced from the reality of what’s happening in other parts of L.A.” . . .

Known in political circles as President Barack Obama’s ATM, the new district is home to deep-pocketed contributors, who have donated many millions of dollars to his 2012 re-election campaign and tens of millions to his successful 2008 bid. It includes not only eye-popping wealth but also high-powered celebrity and political clout.

Read the whole thing, for the chuckles at least.