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It seems council president Herb Wesson will pick up the baton where the showy, showboating Antonio Villaraigosa left off — Wesson got what even the L.A. Times called “quirky” at council chambers Tuesday in his first official act after being re-elected as council president. He handed out gift-wrapped boxes to all the council members. Inside, a pair of loud, flashy sox. Here’s how we covered it — myself, Doug McIntyre and Terry Rae Elmer on “McIntyre in the Morning” on KABC...

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Wesson told his fellow council members that keeping members of the public who attend council meetings that rarely begin on time is unacceptable — council will begin on time at 10 o’clock sharp. We shall see.

He’s going to try to take some of the long-windiness out of council meetings. All those seemingly presentations, scroll-givings and testimonials that sometimes drag on for hours will be shortened, and spread out of the three days a week council meets. And every city council member having to make a long speech on every issue? Herb says can it. Pick your shots — that it’s not about playing for Channel 35’s TV cameras.

L.A.’s City councils has been widely criticized or voting unanimously on issues 99.3% of the time. That’s a good thing for Council president Wesson...

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In other words, council is a theatre for pre-scripted deals that have already gone down. Far fewer Angelenos attend those committee meetings than Council sessions — perhaps thinking the council is where the action is. It isn’t. It’s a nice place for people to sound off in public comment, while council members send texts, chat and nibble on sandwiches. But it’s not exactly direct democracy. But you knew that, right? Meantime...

Jan Perry will set up a new Economic Development Department for Mayor Garcetti. Perry, of course, knows how to deal with high-rolling developers like AEG when she fleshed out the L.A. Live, Staples Center and Marriot Hotel complex in her district. Garcetti’s term is “revitalizing neighborhoods” — but it’s really about the art of bringing in new businesses without having them run amok in the process.

Meantime, Garcetti’s busy naming deputy mayors — new council members fleshing out their staffs. Council is essentially shutting down from the 4th to the end of the month to tool up for the next 2-year session. The snooze settles over L.A.’s City Council like a restless fog, but wearing cool socks.