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Monday, January 24, 2005

In The Public Interest

HertzbergThe LA Times preference for Jim Hahn is so stated, we must give you additional information that was not contained in one of the latest Hahn puff pieces the Times ran on Saturday.
After Hertzberg unveiled a 10-point transportation plan last week that he dubbed his "Commuters' Bill of Rights," the Hahn campaign quickly accused the Sherman Oaks Democrat of failing as Assembly speaker to fund local transportation projects.

Hahn campaign manager Julie Wong also noted that while Hertzberg was in the Legislature, lawmakers passed a proposition to require that gas taxes be used for transportation projects, but included a loophole that allows Sacramento to divert the money in tough budgetary times.
Of course the Times did not include any mention of a brilliantly crafted response by Hertzberg staffer Matt Szabo to the little Ewok that completely and clearly rebuted her and made her look like a bigger fool than she was even trying to be. Indeed, in the public interest, the Sister City has both Julie's mis-screed and Szabo's response that sets the record straight.

The Times also makes hay and once again quotes the Ewok for linking Hertzberg to Fleishman-Hillard. Apparently Hertzberg was hired by them to do some work, but he wasn't involved in using tax money for political campaigns. Yes, the Times fails to mention that.

I guess the Times is less interested in serving the public interest, than it is in preserving the social order in which it operates. A mayor like Hertzberg represents a big threat to the Times.

By the way, are we supposed to be paying Julie Wong with taxpayer dollars to flack for the Mayor's campaign? Just curious.

I hate to flack for Hertzberg here as I have yet to endorse a candidate, but in the public interest we have to help the Times do their job.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

You should take a High School journalism class, then you'd understand Sam. Having a blog does not substitute for basic journalism training.

January 24, 2005 3:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


TODAY'S LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL...Villaraigosa’s Luster Has Dimmed Second Time Around.......Now, as the 52-year-old former Assembly speaker-turned-city councilman nears the final stretch of his second try for mayor, even his closest friends and allies say the magic is missing. The crowds are smaller, the endorsements fewer, and – most of all – the candidate lacks the charm that so captivated Angelenos four years ago.

Mayor Sam and Chief Parker why didn't you post this?

January 24, 2005 3:53 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

1) I never claimed to be a journalist, I am a dead mayor you tinhorn.

2) Whether I am a journalist or not, sat for one minute in journalism class or not, does not free the Times from their responsibility to serve the public interest. Or at least be honest and tell us they're biased.

3) As to the Business Journal, you Hahn loving pissbrain, I don't have time to hunt down every nasty story you Poopy lovers place about Tony Villar. You posted it idiot, that should be good enough.

Now does anyone else want to piss off the Mayor today?

January 24, 2005 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You dead fascist! Julie Wong is full-time paid for by the Hahn campaign. Crawl back into your grave or let Bradley kick your ass.

January 24, 2005 5:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

City Hall Wars: Return of the Political Ewoks

January 24, 2005 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm willing to piss off the Mayor - because he has pissed me off. Rather than bemoaning poor Bob Hertzberg's travails at the hands of Hahn's publicly paid hacks and flacks you should be enjoying the irony of the situation. After all in the 2001 race who was paying the rather substantial salaries of Kam Kuwata and Julio Rameriz. That's right they were under contract to California's taxpayers, via Speaker Bob Hertzberg, throughout the entire Mayor's race -- allegedly to help explain the state's reapportionment process to a mystified populace. Sure.

January 24, 2005 5:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone believe that Hahn hired the

WONG one

to head up his media stuff ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????

January 24, 2005 10:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Anytime Hertzberg attacks Hahn is a good day. Szabo has outspinned Wong everyday -- and their very first major clash, point Szabo.

blog away.

January 24, 2005 10:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The reason why the Mayor's staff/commissioners are attacking other candidates in this manner is because they can't face the fact that they are incapable of running a City and/or campaign in an ethical way. Every single appointed person is going to lose their job when their good old Mayor is defeated. And they deserve to lose their jobs. There is so much unethical stuff going down that it's disgusting to see it right before your eyes. Obviously the JH supporters/staff aren't looking at what's in the best interest of the city. They're just trying to save their ass. It's all self serving and it's sickening and they are using city resources to do it. Why else would they herd themselves (some in City vehicles), use city equipment and city time to prevent an endoresement at the LA Young Democrat meeting last Thursday. There is a lot at stake for them. Stupid people will get nowhere but in trouble. I'm sure Ethics is checking out this websit along with ITA and tracking all the posters that think they can get away with doing this on City time. Why don't you appointed/exempt folks try to get into the City by taking an entrance exam? City employees are sick and tired of seeing this bullshit. We have never seen crap like this in City hall, atleast not in my 30 years with the City. One more thing, the great thing about this site is that the employees know most of these folks are short timers because of term limits. This site has spread among the "regular" city employees like crazy and believe me, we are trying to convince every voter to vote for "anyone but Hahn". We are sick of the arrogance, the rudeness and immaturity by these folks. Thank goodness for term limits because a lot of us employees are looking forward to a new group of ethical folks to get the City back in shape. Remember "anyone but hahn".

Let's talk about who will be the next person to get indicted for fraud and/or corruption? Those exempt folks on the 3rd floor need to wake up and smell what's cookin', do their job and stop f#$%ing around. Make the city a better place. Your reputation is making all of us employees look real bad.

January 24, 2005 11:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are a civil servant??? That explains all these ridiculous postings and the large lack of knowledge about politics and campaigns. I went to a top college-I don't need to take a test like you to confirm that I can read or write!

Civil servants are what is really wrong with City Hall. They don't come and go with administrations or elected officials, they have extremely high salaries and they are so behind the times. Some of them actually use WORD on the computers. WORD. By the time I went to HIGH SCHOOL, Word was not used!

Check out some of the salaries of the civil servants in the mayor's office, city attorney's office and controller's office. Check out how much these secretaries are making. It is obscene.

January 25, 2005 6:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the previous blogger, screw you! Sounds like you're simply an arrogant elitist who believes that knowledge and intellect flow from the mouths of professors. The problem is not with civil servants, but politicians who lack the backbone to stand up to constituents and make the tough decisions. Instead, they're more interested in the ramifications that a decision will have on their pursuit for the next political opening.

They hire young staffers, like yourself, from the "top" schools who have about 20 seconds of post-undergrad life experience. It makes their lives easier because they don't rely on you to offer insight or develop solutions, simply to take orders.

Clearly you're a piss-ant if you were "beyond" Word in High School. And you're way off base if you think that an advanced word processing program is a measure of problem solving skills.

So straighten your tie and go back to playing your game boy!

FYI - take a history lesson on Civil Service to understand the origins of civil service exams. Also, for a deeper understanding of bureaucracy, try Max Weber for some light reading.

January 25, 2005 10:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Screw you...idiot. No wonder Cal State LA didn't accept you if you think Word is of any value. I am laughing so hard right now at your post. At least when I leave the City I can get a job somewhere else making twice my salary. Working in government (ie helping the less fortunate-is that ELITEST ENOUGH FOT YOU SCUMBAG) always looks good on the old resumes.....

January 25, 2005 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry you little hanger-on, I'm well beyond you in education . . . and from a "top" schools too. You shouldn't laugh too hard because you might have to submit your resume to me someday.

You are the problem in City government. You think you're doing the public a favor, or as you call it, "helping the less fortunate." Actually you're not. Your working for the public who elected your sorry boss. And you're only doing that until that next job comes along. You're eatin' at the trough too, except you don't produce anything. If you want to "help the less fortunate" get a job with a non-profit and get over yourself!

January 25, 2005 4:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim Hahn and his staff are helpng the less fortuanate? Oh people like Ted Stein and others I guess.

Mayor Sam I find it amusing that you even have Hahn staffers on here slamming the guy. I have come to the conclusion that Jim Hahn is a bigger loser than even Gray Davis.

January 25, 2005 4:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Frankly, you all sound like jerks.

January 25, 2005 5:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love how you keep thinking I work for Hahn. I don't actually-you would laugh and laugh and laugh if I told you where I actually work. Then again, who knows, maybe I am the Fly.....................................

And I am sticking to my comment that civil servants are the worse thing at City Hall. Governments should be run like a busines-if you can't get things done, you get fired. You can't just keep your job because you took a test 10 million years ago. If you do a bad job, you should be fired, not moved to another department. Those people kill me. How is that possible?

January 25, 2005 7:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"LA Tiimes preference for Jim Hahn?"  Sam, have you ever read some of
Noam Levey's trash?  His "puff" will no doubt wind up in Parke
Skelton's direct mail attacks.  Jessica and Patrick day after day
write what reads like ad copy against Jim Hahn.  And do you ever read
the hit pieces disguised as Daily News articles written by Ron Kaye
disguised as James Nash?

Sam, everyone knows you're biased, but we didn't know you were illiterate.
Are you going switch to shilling for Villaraigosa during the runoff?

January 25, 2005 10:53 PM  

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