After two days of patrolling, the city’s...

After two days of patrolling, the city’s Fashion Police have dished out seven citations to grubby taxi drivers.

Verboten clothing spotted by the Transportation Department’s inspectors included white socks, jeans, white pants, striped shirts and one pea-green jacket.

City Councilman Joel Wachs, sponsor of the dress-code ordinance, joined in a stake-out by the Bonaventure Hotel.

“What we have tried to do,” he said, “is make sure that cab drivers are clean and neat, and that they don’t have objectionable odors.”


It won’t be easy. The city has 4,000 cabbies and 15 inspectors.

Hollywood fashion arbiter Mr. Blackwell--the man who develops a much-publicized worst-dressed list--welcomed the effort.

“I do feel socks should be worn,” he said. “I don’t think you should wear open shoes in a cab. I don’t think T-shirts should be worn.”

Sounds like cabbies rank even lower than Cher on Blackwell’s list.

Not so long ago, the campaign manager of L.A. County Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner proudly disclosed that he calls his boss the Silver Eagle--because of “his silver hair and steady eyes.”

The state attorney general candidate nearly picked up a new nickname, Wrong-Way Reiner.

Reiner recently boarded a jet at LAX to fly to Sacramento but, after taking his seat, overheard a passenger remark that the flight would take 2 1/2 hours.

Reiner launched an immediate investigation.

He soon uncovered the fact that this plane was headed for Seattle.

The Silver Eagle flew the coop before the takeoff. But the Sacramento-bound plane, which had been parked next door, was gone. So he caught a later flight.

An aide later told one reporter: “I think we’ve all made similar mistakes.”

Meanwhile, gubernatorial candidate John K. Van de Kamp, in his appeal for Latino votes, may not have been helped by a sign on Broadway that tried to link him with the Cinco de Mayo celebration. It read: “Cinco de Maya .”

Oy vey.

The defense in the alleged voice-theft case of singer Tom Waits gave a mini-Louis Armstrong concert in federal court Tuesday, trying to show a similarity between Waits’ and Armstrong’s voices.

Waits contends in a lawsuit that Frito-Lay Inc. imitated his voice in its corn chip commercials.

When the defense announced it wanted to play Armstrong’s version of “Hello Dolly” after playing three other Armstrong recordings, Waits’ attorney objected.

U.S. Dist. Judge James Ideman overruled him, noting: “A little more Satchmo can’t hurt anybody.”

It doesn’t get much more exciting in L.A. than it was Tuesday morning.

McGruff, the canine star of the “take-a-bite-out-of-crime” ads for the National Crime Prevention Council, was celebrating his 10th birthday at the L.A. Convention Center.

Meanwhile, Captain Hydro, the red-caped, blue-suited mascot of the Department of Water and Power, was visiting City Hall to promote water conservation.

And, Billy and the Recyclones received a scroll from Supervisor Mike Antonovich and crooned their waste-management hit, “Do the Recycle”:

You do the bottle bop bop bop bop.

You do the can can can.

You do the bundle boogie.

Do the recycle....

A positive example of trashy lyrics.


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