The mayor is getting an AIDS test.
As with most things regarding our first Latino mayor, it's a publicity stunt. The city has a goal of getting a million people tested with a new rapid HIV test that grabs results within 20 minutes by 2011 and he's there to show the city's colors.
Could you start with Porn Valley, please? Or the hookers on Sepulveda in Van Nuys? Or how about the ones on Santa Monica (and Colombian Neckties for their pimps, while we're at it)? Oh, wait. That would imply that these people are actually human beings and deserve assistance. We can't have that.
Sorry. Side rant there.
Anyway, Villaraigosa's very good at looking pretty at the right places, and, except for banging a Telemundo news anchor (who, admittedly, is actually pretty hot), he's been largely scandal free.
So, on the one hand, I'm very glad this is happening. On the other hand, the city fucks everything else up so badly that I'm sure this is just going to be one more failed initiative.
I hope it's not. The city has almost 22,000 infected people, and there are 15,000 suspected of having it and not knowing. It's a huge problem, and it would be nice to see things work for a change.
Now if they could just pay the teachers.