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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Tony & Friends

Tony & FriendsEnough of Walter for now (and for good), here is some MEAT for all you ABADV fans out there. Turns out that Tony Villar is looking for a few friends to raise his dough, now that the Hahnista attack dog independent expenditure committees have blown the roof off how much Poopy can spend. In order to raise a little more ammunition for the Villar arsenal out there, Parke Skelton is trying something new. Here is a condensed version of an email Parke sent out.
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 23:00:43 GMT
From: "Parke Skelton, Villaraigosa for Mayor
Subject: Become one of Antonio's Friendraisers today!

Dear Friend,

The caps are off. And so are the gloves.

Due to more than $200,000 in planned "independent
expenditures" by groups supporting Jim Hahn, the
$2.251 million spending cap for each candidate in the
mayor's race has been lifted. That means that our
campaign is going to have to raise even more money.

Antonio can raise enough money to compete. But he's
not going to do it from just a handful of large donors
-- he's going to do it in $10, $25, and $50 donations
from friends and supporters all across Los Angeles.

That's where you come in. Today we're pleased to
announce the launch of our new "Friendraisers" program.

Sign up just 10 new supporters and raise just $200
from your friends & family for Antonio's campaign, and
you'll be invited to a special reception for our
successful Friendraisers.

Blog away dums dums.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Meat why is your boss charging his own community to pay $250 for a booth at his clean up this weekend? Could be to pay for his campaign. Typical sleazy and low class to charge your people when ADV is sitting on over $200,000 and hasn't donated one dime to his community. Meat where has he spent his budget money? I dare you to answer that one.

February 17, 2005 11:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't forget the $1,000+ invoice the LA32 Neighborhood Council is still fighting over for expensive treats purchased when CD14 hosted the City Council session there. Tony V's supporters on that NC board - some of the same that held a big $1,000-a-plate birthday bash for him a few weeks ago - asked for a few hundred in NC funds to buy desserts (only) for the councilmembers and staff that night, then added everything but the kitchen sink to the spread for the visiting CMs and presented the hyper-inflated bill like nothing was wrong. Good thing the NCs will be getting that street repair money!

Can't the CC pay for it's own damn food? (How do 15 CMs and a few staff members consume $1K in tamales and pan dulce, anyway?) Can't Villaraigosa sell one more expensive mayoral campaign birthday plate and pay for his CC buddies' food, rather than ripping off an NC in a working class area? Maybe then he'd have more than one other CM endorsing him.

February 17, 2005 12:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Again with the "quote marks" around "independent expenditures" -- like this was some (wink) signal that a crime is being committed. You're supposed to read that like is says dirty special interest money. Villaraigosa gets """"""independent expenditure"""""" money, too! What hogwash.

February 17, 2005 12:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

50 fat cats send ADV $1,000 each and its called "grass roots" support. A legit organization/union etc. with thousands of poor and middle class members pools its funds and spends $50,000 idependently to keep Tony out of the big office by supporting another candidate and its suddenly "dirty money."

February 17, 2005 12:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So the gloves are "off" now. They were ON before -- with reams of unsubstantiated, unproven charges of corruption and graft being spouted by every AV mouthpiece in town?

People, get out of Dodge, ASAP -- this place is going to be hell by mid-March if it's a repeat of the 2001 pairing.

February 17, 2005 12:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Treats for the special Friendraisers reception no doubt will be paid for by the neighborhood councils in CD14, as tribute.

February 17, 2005 12:32 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

Saw my first Attention-Deficit Villaraigosa TV ad this a.m. I think I know why they need MORE money (I thought I was watching TV-Land, and it was one of those flashback commercials from years past -- like ADV® 2003, all over again). It DID make for interesting contrasts in styles, however, now that the 3 leading players all have their ads out. They could easily be called "Candidates Future, Present, & Past" (in order of appearance):

Hertzberg: FUTURE -- "I don't really have a local track record to run on, but I've got lots of BIG ideas for the next 4 years. . ."

Hahn: PRESENT -- "I DO have a local track record to run on, but I only want to run on part of what's happened during the current 4-year term. . ."

Villaraigosa: PAST -- "I don't really have a local track record to run on* - even though I should have by now - OR any new/original ideas to speak of, but I want to remind you of what I did for the state prior to 2001 (right before I ran for this same job last time and lost).

Not to change the subject, but did you people know John Kerry served in Vietnam?

*note the < 2 seconds spent addressing 2003-05 in the ADV® ads; nuff said

February 17, 2005 12:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The press release re: the ads says they're called "Believe." Maybe that should be "PLEASE, Believe."

I BELIEVE I'll have another drink. . .

February 17, 2005 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Sacramento I saw those ads at lunch and ADV doesn't have anything that he's accomplished while being councilman so he puts what he did or should I say took credit for as an assemblyman. I wish the media would research the big lie about those neighborhood watches. All of us know he's lying through his teeth and I wish the media wld do their homework and bust his little butt on that.

February 17, 2005 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The lie about the neighborhood watches is very easy to explain. A neighborhood watch (for a mid-sized community of say 20-30 thousand) will have dozens of block, street, or sector captains). These come together every month or so to meet with the local cops and compare notes, then go back to their areas to "watch."

For any other councilmember just trying to do a good job for the community that would be tallied as: 1 neighborhood watch with 30 block captains. With Tony V. -- needing to show some progress in CD14 in order to jump up the ladder -- that's counted as 30 separate NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ORGANIZATIONS (even if the "watch" is one old lady on a pension sitting at her window with the phone nearby). Big lie's are easy when you don't plan on sticking around to back them up if anyone asks.

February 17, 2005 2:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So ADV's campaigners are going back to the "little people" again for their nickels and dimes to help his grass roots run for yet another office. How cynical and hypocritcal can you get. This man has pulled $7 MILLION dollars now in donations from his supporters to run for L.A. City offices 3 times and has spent LESS than 2 underwhelming years working for them as a fake City Councilmember. This effort will fail, as well, because a candidate this liberal can't win a major city this side of Washington D.C., or London (and his campaigners know this at some level). But they prop up the dinosaur again, brag about what he did in an equally short period as a state elected official more than 4 years ago, and run him AGAIN. It feeds his ego, it feeds the campaign staffs families, but it won't feed the people of this city, or his faithful supporters dreams of a "better L.A." That bus left, and he wasn't driving it.

February 18, 2005 6:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Damn I wish the press would read this stuff and print it. It amazes me how ADV has so many people fooled. Any one hear the rumor about the mayoral candidate that has a woman living in Monterey Park pregnant? He could kiss his political goodbye on that one if true. Mayor Sam will probably pull this but I'm not naming names.

February 18, 2005 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where are those vicious attack ads from Hahn that AV needs to refute. The ones' where he's walking around town (too fast) in the Jimmy Carter sweater talking about reducing crime and keeping L.A. together. They may not be a political art form, but I think Antonio will survive these attacks -- put your check books away "Friendraisers." If AV and Hertzberg bump Hahn out in the first round, Tony will need more new ideas than $5 dollar bills to survive (and you can't PAY his campaign people enough money to get some new ideas -- they ran out years ago).

February 18, 2005 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The press does read this...but journalism 101 teaches you to cite your sources even if they are anonymous. So Hahn, Hertzberg, Villaraigosa staffers and other pundits, wackos, gadflies, and bureaucrats who want to spin the press on this site will have to come from behind the veil of secrecy and reveal themselves or else everything said here means nothing.

And i've never seen Mayor Hahn walk so fast until i saw his campaign commercial. Wow, they are really trying to make him look energetic.

February 18, 2005 12:25 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

Posted by another "anonymous" -- figures.

Anonymity is the biggest plus and minus of a blog like this. (Anti) Attention-Deficit Villaraigosa posters are just as anonymous here in their claims of his failings as the pro-Tony Villar people are about his "81 percent approval rating" in his district and KABC-TV poll ratings -- no real "proof" in either of those cases (so far?), but its STILL being spun citywide.

The BIG diff is, people in CD14 have a HUGE reason from needing anonymity. One way or the other they're stuck with ADV® for at least the next 2 years (as CM), or 4 (as Mayor), and can't afford to cross him. His staff's vindictiveness is legendary -- that's a FACT backed up by tons of anecdotal and on-record evidence. If they want to continue receiving small "favors," they have to either be a supporter (contributor is better), or at least appear neutral in the current race.

Unfortunately, there's no "witness protection program" for activists who still want to get things done for their respective communities. Complaints go unheeded (and complainers get yelled at LITerally -- in one field office, people leave with their heads in the hands), calls are never returned, e-mails and letters get form-responses, and the photo-ops just keep churning 24/7.

They have a few choices -- none good. They can stay silent, and the whole city stands a better chance of inheriting a 15X version of the ineptness that is the ADV® way of doing business in the city. They can speak out anonymously in places like this hoping someone like the media will start to see the patterns -- districtwide (and also be told to "come out of the shadows" i.e., his staff needs someone to take better aim at with payback), or they can go fully public and hope he loses both the mayor's race AND gets recalled before the excrement hits the swamp cooler. They can't all afford to move to another district like he did to get his current job.

February 18, 2005 1:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Sac, might be worth taking up a collection on the blog to raise the $200 Parke requires for an audience with his highness at this "Fiendraiser" reception.

February 18, 2005 1:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I give so much credit to the guy who went to council this week and slammed those idiot staffers of ADV's. Gameboy Padilla tried to repeatedly shut him up and the guy just kept saying how rude and uncooperative Lisa Sarno and Paul Hernandez are. These staffers need their asses kicked by the community. I've heard them yell at seniors. They are arrogant and have the rudest manners of anyone I know. They act as if because they work for the loser ADV they have an up on people. I'm waiting for my day to nail Paul. That four eyed idiot treats residents like crap. Enough people have complained but he's still there.

February 18, 2005 3:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LEEEsa Sar-NO! Pleasem go wash your mouth out with soap, boy (girl?) No one individual has done more to deflate the legend of "man of the people" Villaraigosa than that one in CD14. She's worth minus 5 points to him in the district, in any campaign. (And some of his most loyal, hilltop supporters have warned him of that - when they can get close enough to whisper in his ear).

February 18, 2005 4:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No chit, man. She should replace that David Spade guy in the credit card commercials. Can we talk to Tony, NO! Can we get a meeting, NO! But this won't cost anyth... NO! It'll help Tony's repu... NO! I know people in the NE that have waited weeks to get a meeting with staff scheduled, then cancelled it themselves when they found out she was leading it. No, No, No, NO!

February 18, 2005 5:14 PM  

Blogger Halogirlfromcity said:

Why don't all you cry babies stop using the council offices for special favors and go through the city departments like normal residents do? Since you obviously have access to the internet just go to www.lacity.org and figure for yourself how to get something done in your community. It's right there you just have to search the website. Council districts are there to serve their community and point them in the right direction to obtain city service but some of you want things right a way and don't want to do your homework, nor wait your turn. Are you asking for special favors??? Stop crying and go through the process like every other resident does. Come on now, do your homework and get the job done yourself. You can do it. Persistence pays off in the long run.

February 18, 2005 9:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Are you for REAL? Then just close down the damn field offices and give everyone a detailed city directory. We'll save a fortune on unnecessary salaries.

The problem in CD14, which you obviously have no concept of, is that 2, 3, 4 years ago, the council office "served" the constituents AND they trained them to work the city system better. They were empowered by the CM to make things happen -- not paid to get in the way and run interference for their celebrity boss like the current crew of inept speedbumps and road blocks. Damn that Pacheco. He spoiled those "crybaby" citizens. Now they expect every councilmember to hire professional public servants who know something about city government.

If all the field offices are for in your world is to act as restaurant hostesses that seat you until the city department comes through to provide the service when it's your turn, then you've JUST single-handedly rescued L.A. from billions in future budget cuts. Fire the whole lot of them -- they're a huge waste of taxpayer money, and we'll be back in the black overnight. Thanks!

February 18, 2005 11:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's a great idea. Self service local government. Then at least the people getting those "special favors" now -- the Tony V. campaign contributors -- might have to wait in line with the rest of us scum in the district.

February 19, 2005 12:08 AM  

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