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Tue, Sep 21 2004

Taxpayer Reality Show Casting Call

Ah, how the mighty have fallen. But Cody Cluff is still getting some applause, while politicians are being blamed for the conditions that tempted Mr. Cluff to color outside the lines. Meanwhile, Rebecca Barrantes, who had once been considered for the position Mr. Cluff held, has gone on to create The Sierra Group. I wonder if things would have been different if she had EIDC. I guess now we'll never know. And now the politicians get to save the day by working hard to keep groups such as EIDC honest and hard-working.

I realize that some of what Mr. Cluff spent money on was for personal gratification, but aside from any moral or legal judgments against him, what no one seems to be telling us at this point is whether or not Mr. Cluff's seduction tactics with the film people have resulted in more film work actually being located in the Los Angeles area. And if what the L.A. politicians really wanted was someone to take producers to strip clubs and wine and dine them, the politicians could have cut out Mr. Cluff, who served as the middle man, and they could have courted the producers with their own expense accounts, spending the taxpayers' money themselves, the way they usually do.

But let's not be too negative about the way it worked out. Mr. Cluff will move on to other arenas. And the politicans can certainly market this particular scenario with a whole lot more fingers still pointed at Mr. Cluff than at them. And scandal sells, so they might even get another reality show out of it all. I hear reality shows cost a lot less money to produce and use fewer union actors. I wonder if the L.A. taxpayers feel as though they're getting their money's worth? Somehow, I doubt it. I do know one thing. I miss great movies and great TV. I've had just about all of this reality I can stand.

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