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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Around Town

LAAll five main Mayoral candidates joined Walter Moore yesterday for a radio debate on KABC. Though most of the hour focused on illegal immigration, a few moments were dedicated to the Mayor's role in opposing San Fernando Valley secession - and where Mayor Hahn's alleged shakedown of city contractors to donate to anti-Valley independence campaigns - led to the current "pay to play" scandal. Rick Orlov covers it here.

Jim Hahn started running ads as we suspected. However, our prediction of anti-Villaraigosa or anti-Hertzberg ads may have been premature, and that the reason that the Mayor did not preview his ads for the press is likely because his ads tout his crushing of Valley independence (and Hollywood too). Its proably risky enough to remind the Valley voters of how the Mayor pissed them off two years ago, he may not have wanted to telegraph that notion prior to starting his air war. The Daily News has more here and the LA Times chimes in here.

Mariel Garza presents Bob Hertzberg as man who is not short on ideas, just not a household name. This may be why he needs to cram several thoughts into one sentence, alternating between candidate and teacher from one word to the next. The Daily News continues it series of profiles of the candidates (you can see the current inventory of Daily News profiles on the right hand side here and Los Angeles Times profiles here)

Steve Lopez says that Bernard Parks is the candidate who has taken him to the best restaurant (Mama's House in the Crenshaw district) in his series of meals with the Mayoral hopefuls. This follows the confusing choice of Antonio Villaraigosa taking him to Beverly Hills for a meal.

It looks like Hahnistas or other sufficiently not busy ABADV® activists have hijacked our dumbest Council member poll to tilt it significantly in favor of Tony Villar. Look left.

Finally, The Daily News opines about the Mayor's spin and flip flops following the defeat of his sales tax increase to fund more police.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. Mayor: Please define "sufficiently not busy"

February 16, 2005 9:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RE: Hahn's ads. Here's what I predicted two days ago on another thread here.

"Hahn's ads won't take aim at any of his opponents, just yet. They'll profile what his camp believes are his strengths and accomplishments -- keeping the city together, bringing in a new police chief after Parks and Rampart, affordable housing trust fund, improved city service response using 311, etc. He won't offer defense against "corruption" claims from opponents (that would add credence to them), and he won't want to be perceived as being at the same level as the "pretenders" to the throne - yet, or get down to their level. This is the "Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs" profile -- "Not one of those 'little guys,' already your mayor, we're in pretty good shape, and you have a leader now." Make them say why a change is needed. Don't have to agree with these points, but 'mark 'em' -- this is how the first ad blast will go. It's for shoring up the base, and pulling in the drifters who aren't already jaded by the 'scandal' stories."

February 16, 2005 9:49 AM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

Re: Hahn's TV Ads (I also received the following feedback that I thought I would share)

In danger of failing to qualify for a May runoff election, incumbent Mayor Jim Hahn today tried to rehabilitate his tarnished image with a television ad more notable for its omissions than its content.

Jim Hahn's new campaign ad tries to paint a picture of a Mayor that has
gotten the job done, but LA residents know the truth - LA is not working. Our traffic is the worst in the nation. Our schools are more
interested in building bureaucracy than teaching our kids. And now he
claims he needs new taxes to put cops on the streets.

Just compare Hahn's rhetoric to reality:

RHETORIC: Jim Hahn claims that violent crime is down 18%

REALITY: Gang homicides are up 12.4% in just the last year alone

Source: LAPD Citywide Gang Crime Summary, December 2004.

RHETORIC: Jim Hahn promised four years ago to put 1,000 cops on the

REALITY: He's delivered only 94 more officers in the past four years

Sources: Hahn 2001 Campaign Ad "This House." LAPD Public Information

RHETORIC: Jim Hahn claims that he kept the city together

REALITY: As soon as the campaign for secession was over Hahn said that
it was "impossible" to honor the many promises he made to the people of Los Angeles - especially those made to the San Fernando Valley

Source: The Daily New Editorial, January 17, 2003.

February 16, 2005 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dang, I told those drunks - keep the poll at 81 percent, like his "approval rating" in the district (wink, wink). -- Sleazy Bar Owner #4.

February 16, 2005 10:07 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

3rd floor workers are generally sufficiently not busy (except when all that screaming is going on that I keep hearing) and they demonstrate such by hijacking the poll to vote for Tony Villar are being the dumbest council member.

February 16, 2005 10:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What always amazes me is that Antonio's supporters always assume that any large-scale sign of disrespect for their boy is some other candidates' flunkies playing games on him.

All the yahoo groups and informal e-mail networks on the Eastside need to know is - he's running again, somwhere, and here's a quick way to show how displeased you are with the level of "service" without being subject to payback from his vengeful field staff. Call it "anti-tipping" (if you like) and they don't need no help from anybody else's campaign or from anybody on any numbered floor downtown. Thanks, anyway. Get back to work, whatever floor you work on. The eastside will take care of it's own.

February 16, 2005 10:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The last poster has got to be either an AV-hater or a fool. Do you really believe that many people on the eastside visit this site.

February 16, 2005 11:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That last poster just proved the previous poster's point. Everyone who is against Tony V. is a "hater" or a fool.

Wasn't it MEAT who said on another thread this week that Latino's who didn't support ADV were either bitter or stupid?

February 16, 2005 11:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Do you really believe that many people on the eastside visit this site."

Whoa there, Bubba. Move the sheet out from in front of your eyes long enough to see what you are posting. Is this that closet racsist from the other day posting as a "nony" now? The one who said all of Alarcon's voters (i.e., Latinos), would jump to Villaraigosa automatically. Why wouldn't that many Eastside people visit this sight? The blog went past 40,000 hits just awhile ago, and Villaraigosa's campaign and broken promises has been a major point of these comments. Posts from this blog have been forwarded to list-serves with hundreds, maybe thousands of names on them (that's where I saw it first). But Eastsiders couldn't be behind a few hundred of those ten thousands of hits could they? What are you really saying? Eastsiders (primarily Latinos) are too lazy, too stupid, too politically uninterested or sheep-like to check this out and take part in real political discussions? I didn't see the sign on Mayor Sam's window that said Latino's need not reply. Cracker, PLEEZ!

February 16, 2005 12:09 PM  

Blogger J. Harriman said:

You know, Nony, the only racism I've seen on this site is from the anti-Villaraigosa crowd a couple of blogs back:

"Did you notice Matea Gold didn't once mention this issue in her article. Instead she focused on Tony's stab at Hahn. Need any more proof that the Times is Tony's personal PR firm. Or maybe Matea is just another of Tony's Jewish groupies.
# posted by Anonymous : 8:18 AM, February "

Anti-Semitism is something of a persistent theme for some of the hard-core anti-AV clan. "It's a Westside/Jewish conspiracy" is a frequent plaint.

February 16, 2005 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wake-up moron. Whether you know it or not half of the people who post on the site either work or live on the eastside. Why do you think AV gets so much action on the site. It is funny, whenever you say something bad about Antonio your an AV hater or Nick supporter, but say a bad thing about Hahn and your right. I think they have both failed in leadership on the eastside and the city. I never seen the Mayor look so energetic. Is he still banging one of his staffers? Someone should check into the rumor. This is the only reason why he would look good lately.

February 16, 2005 1:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This "anti-Semitism" crack comes from the same racist that just said all Latinos follow Latino candidates around like lapdogs, don't think for themselves, that's pretty funny (not). Check the mirror, first, Harriman, then check the clothes-lines, I think your sheet is dry and you can go back to being anonymuos.

February 16, 2005 1:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Which part of the transplanted message was anti-Semitic? "Jewish?" Don't think so, but I'll check with my Rabbi. Groupie? Not nice, but not related to any race. "Jewish Groupie?" Not unless the poster was trying to say all Jews are groupies or all groupies are Jewish. He may only have two so-called "Jewish groupies" and the original poster probably also believes he has "groupies" of other races and ethnicities.

On the other hand, saying that most or all people of one race or ethnicity behave the same or will always support the same candidates is stereotypical at best, if not racist. Someone who would suggest that needs some intense sensitivity training. (And please, don't say "historic numbers" back this up. Join the 21st century and visit the real city.)

February 16, 2005 1:28 PM  

Blogger J. Harriman said:

I really don't want to argue with you imbeciles, but, for the record, what I said was that I believe that AV will inheret most of the Alarcon and the Parks vote (remember that I said Parks as well guys.) My surmise may be incorrect, but it is hardly controversial. And surely I don't have to explain why the Anonymous poster's smear smacks of Anti-Semitism.

February 16, 2005 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As a Latino who does post on this site I'm offended at the Latino remark. Attention Deficit Villaraigosa is a perfect example of why college educated, articulate, intelligent Latinos are not supporting him. He has done more harm to his own Latino community which throws the argument out the window that he should be the first Latino mayor. He consistently insults our intelligence thinking we're stupid or we will simply accept his crap. Well, we won't and don't. We want him to be accountable for being without a doubt one of the worst councilmen CD14 has ever had. We help each other become well informed on issues affecting our city. ADV can kiss my brown ass.

February 16, 2005 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

JH said "what I said was that I believe that AV will inheret most of the Alarcon and the Parks vote"

So your "defense" is that what you really said was all people of color would follow your messiah, because he's Latino, as opposed to voting for Whitey. Do you think this is helping you? Put down the shovel - you keep digging the hole deeper. Your analysis on this blog sounds like something out of a 1960s political science textbook.
-- Signed, another minority "imbecile"

February 16, 2005 2:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Depends on who is in the run-off vs. Antonio. If it is Hahn, Antonio will get a good majority of the latino vote but not as much as he did last time. Not that Hahn has did anything to deserve one Latino vote. AV has treated the eastside worse so this is why they will go for Hahn in greater numbers. Hahn has ignored the eastside, Antonio has used and abused the eastside. But like hisbattered wife, many latinos will go back to the abuser.

February 16, 2005 2:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Depends on who is in the run-off vs. Antonio. If it is Hahn, Antonio will get a good majority of the latino vote but not as much as he did last time. Not that Hahn has did anything to deserve one Latino vote. AV has treated the eastside worse so this is why they will go for Hahn in greater numbers. Hahn has ignored the eastside, Antonio has used and abused the eastside. But like hisbattered wife, many latinos will go back to the abuser.

February 16, 2005 2:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now that looks like a "poor Antonio" plant. Note the assumption that AV will be one of two in the runoff, a la meat.

February 16, 2005 4:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wait one minute, Hahn hasn't done anything on the Eastside? Please he only got $2.5 million in federal funding that ADV tries to take credit for and had the CLEAR program implemented to target gangs. He's put LA's Best schools (about 5 of them in Boyle Heights) He got money for after school programs at 3 Boyle Heights middle schools etc. etc. I'll tell you what ADV has done....he's made the residents pick up brooms and sweep from Boyle Heights, to El Sereno to Highland Park. THAT'S IT, THAT'S ALL HE'S DONE BROOMS

February 16, 2005 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good catch. I overhead a Villaraigosa field deputy last week telling some people in CD14 how to get something done for their community. I'm serious, this staffer said "call the 311 number" (that Hahn put in play - but that wasn't mentioned).

February 16, 2005 5:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Westside, Jewish conspiracy? Let's see: Tony ran against a white guy (Bill Mabie) when he won his assembly seat in 1994. During that campaign he was often on the stump, rallying the old Chicano radicals by saying that "we can't let a white man get this district." So what does he do, he leaves this Latino seat to Goldberg. Then he leaves his Speakership, not to Cardenas who had the inside track but to Herztberg. As speaker, Tony never once appointed a Latino to head one major committee eventhough there were a record number of Latino members of the assembly. Then he appoints Ron Unz, the guy who killed bi-lingual education, to a blue ribbon sate committee!

If I were to pick someone to be the point man of any conspiracy, I'd pick the person with the simplest mind. As your poll shows, Mayor Sam, Tony isn't exactly an Einstein.

Westside/Jewish conspiracy from "those" anti-Tony people? Harriman, a conspiracy is only a conspiracy when those being conspired against are aware of what's going on. Since you don't give us enough credit to think for ourselves, you are right, in your mind there is no conspiracy.

February 17, 2005 8:59 AM  

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