This week’s Small Hours: “a tenuous balance of democracy and plutocracy”

We’re big fans of James Verini‘s Small Hours column in the LAT. Finally, the paper acts like it’s the L.A. Times and not the Central Valley Post Dispatch, or the Northern California Something or Other.

For one thing, it excites us to know that while we must dine at the same 11 kosher restaurants in the Pico Robertson district, out there, somewhere, there’s “a dance floor with a dozen 13-foot ficus trees.”

For another, club owners and (Rande) Gerber babies are such flabbergastingly-big nincompoop egomaniacs, it’s delightful to hear who’s just spent $600,000 on black rattan and green silk.