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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Advantage Hertzberg

WaldmanOnce again both Jim Hahn has failed to get the endorsement of a local Democratic club. But this time instead of an abstention, the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats went with local boy Bob Hertzberg.

Now it should be noted that one of the founders of the SFVYD is Stuart Waldman (pictured left), a former Hertzberg staffer, but two other founders are Tony Cardenas (is he too old for the group now?) and Alex Padilla, hardly Hertzberg supporters.

In the interest of fairness - since we posted Tony Villar's press release - here is Hertzberg's. If Jim Hahn can manage to get a Democratic (or Republican or Green or Libertarian or Reform or Peace & Freedom or anyone) club to endorse him, we'll post his press release here too.

Valley Young Democrats Endorse Bob Hertzberg

Former Assembly Speaker gets rare Dem endorsement among candidates in Mayoral primary

Encino, January 21, 2005: Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Bob Hertzberg got a major campaign boost Thursday night, receiving the endorsement of the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats (SFVYD), an organization for 18-35 year old Democratic activists in the Valley. In a week when the L.A. County Democratic Party and the L.A. County Young Democrats (LACYD) were unable to unite behind a single candidate, SFVYD overwhelmingly voted to endorse Sherman Oaks businessman and former State Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg.

The decision to endorse, made at a meeting of its members at the Encino Women’s Club, followed interviews of all five leading candidates conducted over the last five months, and a Young Professionals Mayoral Debate co-sponsored by SFVYD, LACYD and KPCC 89.3 FM on Monday, January 17 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. SFVYD President David Phelps said, “Mr. Hertzberg is a candidate with rock solid ties to the San Fernando Valley, a bold progressive leadership style, and a passionate vision for the City of Los Angeles. During his interview, and over the course of the campaign, we have found Mr. Hertzberg to be a creative thinker with practical and achievable ideas for the City of Los Angeles and all its inhabitants.”

SFVYD Political Director Adrin Nazarian explained the club’s willingness to back the insurgent candidate. “Mr. Hertzberg is the candidate to change L.A. and has offered a convincing strategy on how he will be putting forth a coalition to get into and win in the run-off.” Mr. Nazarian went on to say that, “While Mr. Hertzberg is not currently leading in the polls, our organization believes his campaign has the resources and emerging support needed to make it to the run-off and elect him the next Mayor of Los Angeles.”

SFVYD, which has a $13,000 annual operating budget and a history of youth activism across the state, will mobilize young voters to volunteer and vote for Mr. Hertzberg in the March 8 primary election. Mr. Phelps said, “This is an organization that gets things done. Bob Hertzberg is a leader known for those same attributes. His campaign is taking off, and we believe SFVYD can lend an able hand to its success.”

In response to Thursday’s announcement, Hertzberg conveyed his gratitude for the endorsement on behalf of young voters. “To have the support of the young democrats is a great honor,” said Hertzberg. “Their confidence in me is a testament to the way I will approach my time at City Hall; one of a boundless optimism for the future of Los Angeles.”

Founded in 1994, by Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla, Los Angeles Councilmember Tony Cardenas, and Stuart Waldman, Chief of Staff to Assemblymember Lloyd Levine, the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats serves as the premiere democratic organization for young professionals north of Mulholland Dr . For more information, visit www.sfvyd.org.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ha...SFVYD endorsements means nothing. This group has been having troubles finding recruits. Don't get me started on Stuart Waldman either. Granted they are loyal dems, but Bob is going to need a lot more than a few 18-35 year olds with political aspirations who would rather dictate policy to a campaign than phone bank. Sounds like Stuart wrote that press release

January 25, 2005 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the previous poster:

Sounds like you're an angry Hahn staffer that's upset the news called you out on trying to pack the Young Dems meeting harder than F.D.R. tried to pack the Supreme Court, and have lost another endorsement. Seems as if Valley 18-35 year olds are as smart as County D.N.C., and decided to stay as far away from Poopy and his scandals and indictments and idiotic ideas as they could. I say, Good for them.

You seem to think Bob's going to need a lot more...what? Money. Check, he's got that. Momentum? Check, he's got that too. Evidence Hahn attacking him every time he opens his mouth, Huggy's got him on the run. I can tell what Hahn won't need to get his ass knocked out of the run-off; any more lame-assed desperate ideas, his blank stare, or his staffers fruitlessly doing his bidding on the taxpayers' dime.

Sounds like Mr. Waldman wrote the press release? Think that's bad? Read the quotes the Times used in the opinion section this week; all the other candidates sound articulate in the least, funny and creative at the most. Except Hahn. As easily as he finds his way into scandals, he can't seem to find his way toward a decent quote.

Take that back to your boss so he can scream for another hour. I need more entertainment in my life.

January 25, 2005 2:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree. If the YDs had endorsed James Hahn, I doubt this flack would be crying nor slamming Stuart. Stuart is a good guy and one of the best political aides I have ever seen. He talks like a regular guy. Honestly, he got screwed when he planned to run for Assembly, Hertzberg should have backed him and not Cherney and we got stuck with that moron Levine. Cherney would have been excellent, but Stuart paid his dues. He was a real class act to go back to Hertzberg and then work for Levine.

I too can't wait to hear the Mayor start screaming again.

January 25, 2005 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Can i speak honestly for one second? I love the YD's i really do, but the 1st poster on this site actually said one thing very truthful -- YD's do not phonebank. Give me a college student who needs to do their campaign volunteering for their poli sci class over a YD any day.

The day you are too good to do any task on a campaign is the day you are too good for campaigns. YD's are too good for campaigns and campaigning.

Once they get over themselves, than they will be viable. I think them endorsing Hertzberg is fine, but YD's are all campaign strategists,(didn't you know that) why would they want to phonebank?

100% honest MEAT - blog away

January 25, 2005 2:48 PM  

Blogger yourpolicyguy said:

Rest assured, Stuart Waldman has nothing to do with this endorsement. Your attempt to dismiss our organization is sorely misguided and unfounded. We are one of the most active YD groups in California, growing from 10 members in 2003 to over 100 this year.

We just DOUBLED our budget from last year, and hosted the ONLY Democratically-sponsored mayoral debate in the primary, attended by 250 people and broadcast over radio. You can hear a stream of it at www.kpcc.org and looking under the Larry Mantle show.

We coorinated two road trips last October, sending 30 people to the likes of Bakersfield to campaign for targetted legislators such as Nicole Parra. We have no problem phone banking and canvassing and look forward to doing it for Hertzberg. Sorry to disappoint you, but this isn't your normal YD group.

See you in the field.

January 25, 2005 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

San Fernando Valley Young Democrats, huh?

Man, that's like the trifecta of annoying.

January 25, 2005 4:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim Hahn you can piss on the Valley with one foot in LA but in reality you're pissing all over your nice, new designer shoes.

Go ahead losers, keep it up. You can only take the Valley for granted so long.

January 25, 2005 4:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trifecta of annoying! Christ, I almost pissed in my pants laughing so hard.

January 25, 2005 4:55 PM  

Blogger Schadelmann said:

I find it interesting that the California Democratic Council's endorsement tends to get ignored in all the hullaballoo about "democratic club endorsements".

Ultimately the value of these "endorsements" is the ability to have one more line of text on a mailer or website so when you send mail or websites or emails out it looks "Good" to have support.

Personally I think their value is overblown. Plus, there's nothing stopping someone at the end of a campaign from a) lying and putting them on their mail anyway (by the time anyone bitches, the election is over!) or b) making up a group name, or starting their own clubs just to have such "endorsements" ready to "go".

But hey, Bob got an endorsement, cool. Now, no one woulda cared too much if the Hahn people hadn't freaked out so much over the other one, but oh well...I'm not one of the geniuses in charge of the Hahn effort, I'm still wondering what they've got ready to go to win this thing...wondering...wondering...

January 25, 2005 5:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Interesting because Bob has been saying all along he didn't care about endorsements. Poor Huggy is out in left field. If he doesn't get it straight right away I can see him falling by the way side. Would love to see him more than Antonio in run off

January 25, 2005 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am amazed at how much power Stuart has. He got Bob the SFVYD endorsement, stopped the Valley Democratic Party from giving Tony Villar their endorsement, and tanked Cherney from getting the Democratic Party endorsement in 2002. Somebody stop him before he becomes President!

January 25, 2005 5:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Young Democrats, young democrats, young democrats. David phelps is cool, Dave Koenig is alright -- steve veres is cool too. the rest however -- all campaign strategists.

January 25, 2005 5:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stuart has a good reputation with the constituents in the Valley - he gets things done. Has for years. But he's far less liberal than Levine. I think he would have prefered a fellow DNC type like Cherney.

January 25, 2005 5:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How old are you MEAT?

January 25, 2005 5:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think MEAT doth protest too much

January 25, 2005 5:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So let me get this straight. This is the pro-Hertzberg, anti-Hahn, Villaraigosa bashing, we don't care about Alarcon and Parks blog? As for the Dem endorsement, I am sure it will help Hertzberg place about enough calls to fill two call sheets. I guess Matt Szabo can strategize with these up and coming politicos on how to get into the runoff. But hey at least he got a local endorsement. I give him credit for that. Doesn't hurt to have your former staff running the operation. You can't be mad at that.

January 25, 2005 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A few points:

1. Waldman's a righteous guy. He's been great for his district working for both Hertzberg and Levine, and kept on going in public service despite the fact that he'd be more than entitled to turn into a bitter, pissed off guy after the last AD 40 race.

2. After seeing SFVYD activity in the last election cycle, it looks like they're up and running as a pretty significant electoral force in the Valley. I guess this election will tell whether that has staying power or not, but I wouldn't discount them out of hand.

3. As for Waldman's influence with SFVYD--yeah, it's probably significant. On the other hand, keep in mind that almost everyone assumes that Padilla another founder, is going to be a Hahn guy again even if he stays quiet about it, and that the other cofounder Levine has no reason to love Hertzberg. Methinks this was just a case of endorsing the guy who A) showed up, and B) had a message that coincided with SFVYD members needed to hear.

But hey, maybe I'm just naive.


January 25, 2005 6:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wrong again, Mayor Sam. "In the interest of fairness" -- please post this Hahn release:


Fabiani, Lehane, Butler and Jaye

January 25, 2005 10:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ah, hell...here's the whole release:

Wednesday January 19, 2005


LOS ANGELES - Mayor Hahn's re-election campaign received late last night two major boosts: the strong endorsement of the New Frontier Democratic Club, the largest and oldest African American Democratic club in California, and a decision by the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee not to endorse a candidate.

"The New Frontier endorsement recognizes my work to help every Los Angeles community by lowering crime, building housing and creating jobs," Mayor Hahn said. "I am proud to have the strong support of the New Frontier Democratic Club and look forward to working with them to win this campaign and improve the quality of life in every Los Angeles neighborhood."

"Mayor Hahn commanded strong Democratic support because of his appointment of African Americans to key city commissions, his support for economic development in the African American community, and his commitment to public safety in inner-city neighborhoods," said Mike Davis, 1st Vice President of the New Frontier Democratic Club.

"The County Democratic endorsement was an essential part of Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign strategy," Mayor Hahn said. "There are five Democrats in this race, so I think the party made the right choice in not endorsing. I feel confident about this race and am forming a winning coalition that includes Democrats, Republicans and independents."

Mayor Hahn's support among Los Angeles Democrats eliminates the second of two key pillars of the coalition Antonio Villaraigosa formed in 2001, when Mayor Hahn drew 54 percent of the citywide vote and Villaraigosa drew 46 percent. Last month, Mayor Hahn won the backing of the 800,000-member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which in 2001 backed Villaraigosa with support that included votes, advertising, phone banks, and campaign workers.


January 25, 2005 11:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


So Hahn does have big support from Democrats - Like Mark Abrams and Charles Fitzgerald, they laundered more than $300,000 to mayor hahn (i love the fact that Fitzgerald has fled the country) -- Hahn only keeps the best company.

Hey guess what, you wanna know other democrats that support this mayor - Doug Dowie -- another major democrat supporting this Mayor. Hey dougster, when does your indictment come??? March or May -- I personally am betting on May - makes that last week of campaigning that much better.

Ron Tutor -- remember him, shoddy work for the MTA --screwd up Van Nuys airport, funded an indepedent expenditure for Hahn -- another BIIIGGG DEMOCRAT, WAY TO GO HAHN. Another shady criminal/developer that has been fined massively for ethic violations.

Let's name some other shady Democrats - -ooohhhh Yolanda Fuentes -- newest Public Works Commissioner -- she is the queen of money laundering, remember guys when she had tony cardenas pay her 38,000 bucks during his illustrious campaign for Secretary of State (what a joke) she laundered that money into her losing assembly race.

Alex Padilla (member of the DLC) personally responsible for being one of the youngest council members since Roz Wyman was also charged the LARGEST ETHICS FINE FOR A COUNCILMAN IN ETHICS HISTORY -- what was it again Alex?? 70 plus thousand? I forget, i mean with you shilling for Hahn i sometimes can't go into my files as much as i want and look it up.

Let's see...hmmm oh yes, those BIG DEMOCRATS WHO LOVE HAHN....the indian gaming tribes -- rememeber how they got that dumb attorney (oh whats his name) to launder campaign money into attack ads for Hahn -- then only to get fined and investigated by DA Cooley. Which later linked the whole deal to Councilman Cardenas (Padilla's old boss, Padilla used to "spin" for Cardenas as a press aide, oh those were the days weren't they)

Oh the great Democratic party of Jim Hahn. Hey mayor at the LACYD endorsement hearing where you had your butt handed to you -- you mentioned you were a PROUD DEMOCRAT. I suspect since these BIG DEMOCRATS ARE YOUR FRIENDS, you are proud to be apart of this democratic wing of the democratic party - the corrupt wing that caucuses in Lompoc.

blog away dum-dums.

January 26, 2005 1:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am sure Antonio was sitting right behind MEAT and telling him what to type, ooppss I mean Ulysess. Hahn has a proposal for campagin reform that has been sitting since last Feb. If Antonio is so adamant about campaign reform why hasn't it passed through council already? Antonio has also been fined by the Ethics Commission so he has no room to talk. He's taken campaign money from Fleishman so talk about being hypocrital. Wasn't Doug working for Fleishman during that tim? Yes indeed he was. Both Antonio and Hertzberg took money from special interest groups in Sacramento so they're the last ones to be saying anything and attacking. I haven't decided who I'm voting for but I hate to see such crap thrown by these guys when they haven't cleaned up their own backyard.

January 26, 2005 7:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone who knows about African American Democratic clubs tell us how significant New Frontier is? What percentage do they represent? Aren't most AA organizations going for Bernie?

Secondly, is it true that Hahn's campaign reform measure includes banning blogs?

January 26, 2005 8:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The New Frontier Dems don't have as much pop as they used to. They're mostly older African Americans, many of whom have held or currently hold appointed positions in Hahn's office. Little money and no volunteers.

Surprisingly, Parks has lost a lot of support among African Americans.

January 26, 2005 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I see FAT is getting a bit desperate. The current criticisms of Antonio and his dwindling support in the 14th district is obviously rattling the Villaraigosa camp. But I think everybody knows now that FAT is just a stooge for Antonio - do you remember when FAT tried to pass himself off as an objective blogger? - and what we are seeing now is a smear campaign being undertaken by a novice. It took FAT nearly four weeks to find out the official LAPD line of naming neighborhood watches. But week after week he would promise a list of the 70 or so watches claimed to have been set up under Villaraigosa. What an idiot. And then FAT promises to list the "sleazy" bar owners giving money to the recall effort. After 3 weeks he names a couple of bars. And for the record, the recall committee hasn't received money from these "sleazy" bar owners, doesn't know them, has no contact with, nothing! Accusations coming from the Villaraigosa camp that are pure fabrication. But, fortunately, the people of the 14th district at least are waking up to Villaraigosa's tactics. No longer do people take at face value what Villaraigosa promises. Antonio breaks promises and vows as easily as "pouring breakfast cereal".

January 26, 2005 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'll vote for Stuart for President - you bet your ass he's a good guy with a lot of integrity who gets things done. Need more people like him.

January 27, 2005 5:53 PM  

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