* Russ Buettner and Ray Rivera have a story in The New York Times about how all of Bloomberg’s development plans have stalled during the recession: Ron Shiffman, a former city planning commissioner, said a flaw in the mayor’s approach was its failure to do enough to reap public benefits from a real estate industry he had so readily fostered. “He didn’t steer the boom,” Mr. Shiffman said. “He did not direct it in such a way that it benefited a more diverse set of populations in the city of New York, and more diverse income groups. It was basically developer-driven.”
* Steve Kornacki: “The mayor’s strategy this fall has been as formulaic as it has been well funded—light on bold, provocative ideas and heavy on focus-group-approved drivel and hard-edged attack ads aimed at Mr. Thompson. (Perhaps you’ve seen one or 12 of them.)”
* Tom Robbins writes that the press has been much too easy on Bloomberg, who has courted newspaper barons like Murdoch, Zuckerman and Sulzberger: “As Purnick’s book also tells us, even his weekend disappearing act to go to his mansion in Bermuda has gone unchallenged. “He does his radio show Friday morning,” a former aide told her. “At 11:05, the latest, he’s in his car. At 11:30 he is at the airport. His plane is in the air at 11:40, he’s in Bermuda at 2:10. He’s on the golf course by 2:30. . . . Almost every weekend, spring and fall.”
* As if refusing to leave while a sports reporter interviewed pitcher CC Sabathia about the Yankees winning the pennant wasn’t enough — Bloomberg is continuing to use the Yankees to boost his campaign.
* WNYC reports about Bloomberg defending his staff’s monetary contribution to Newark Mayor Cory Booker after receiving Booker’s endorsement.
* The Village Voice reports that ex-Bloomberg City TV exec Trevor Scotland will be pleading guilty to stealing ad revenue that was due to the city.
* And finally, we’ll leave you off with some satire about conservative media from Bob Salzman.