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Friday, February 18, 2005

Tony Has A Question

The folks at Tony Villar's campaign sent us questions they want Mayor Poopy to answer. Maybe they think Poopy and his staff read the Sister City so Mayor Sam is the best messenger to get a word to them? At any rate, here are Tony's questions:

February 18, 2005 Contact: Ace Smith

For Immediate Release 213-687-7777

An Open Question to Mayor Jim Hahn – Who Is Going to Pay

The Legal Bills for Your Corrupt Appointees?

As the “graft inquiries” into the Hahn administration intensify, important questions remains unanswered:

“Who is going to pay the bills for the legal fees being run up by Troy Edwards, Ted Stein and company? And how much has been spent by the City so far?”

Last April, the Los Angeles Daily News reported that the City could be liable for many of these legal bills:

All the inquiries under way into City Hall's contracting practices have produced an unintended consequence: Full employment for attorneys representing city employees and officials who are being called as witnesses. And some bills that might end up being paid by taxpayers…dozens of officials being called to testify - and all taking the precaution of contacting attorneys for advice.

With the average rate at about $500 an hour these days for white-collar legal advice in criminal proceedings, it won't take long for the bills to soar so the City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo's Office is reviewing the potential impact.

A number of workers asked to testify before the grand juries are hiring their own attorneys, however, and planning to submit those bills to the city for payment. (The Daily News of Los Angeles, April 19, 2004)

Jim Hahn has already answered the question of who will pay his legal bills. He has set up a “Legal Defense Fund II” and filled it with money from special interests.

But what about the legal bills of the former and present city officials and workers who have been drawn into the graft and corruption probes of the Hahn administration?

Mayor Hahn owes the people of Los Angeles a clear answer: Will he allow public funds to be used to cover these legal bills?

So far, the number of cops not hired because of Jim Hanh’s wasteful Fleishman-Hillard contracts is 150. How high will that number climb when the City is done paying millions of dollars in legal bills that could result from defending Hahn appointees?

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24 Comments:

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

Signed. . .
Antonio "Rainman" Villar-raigosa
c/o Richard Nixon Memorial Suite
Watergate Hotel, Washington D.C.

P.S. Did I mention? "It's corruption, corruption. DEFinitely, c'rruption, d'finitely. Wopner. UH, Oh!"

P.P.S Jim, if while you looking for the money to pay for all this, you happen to run across any of that $20 million my Transportation Committee dropped the ball on and forgot to collect, text me, OK? Cuz that could pay a few legal bills and I'd be happy to split it with you for old time's sake. It's nuttin' personal, Jimmie, jus' bizness. Da boyz tell me I gotta say all my opponents are dirty (so I look clean in comparison). Udder-wize, I looz. ADV®

February 18, 2005 6:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony has LOTS of questions.

Tony has NO answers!

February 18, 2005 7:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for serving as a conduit to the Mayor and staff for AV, MS. Can you send a couple of messages to the CD14 field staff from their constituents, also? They're posted through the blog... The lights are on at the council district offices, but nobody's home.

February 18, 2005 7:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't believe Mayor Sam would stoop so low for a sleazy loser like Antonio. Since when do you do their dirty work? I have a question for Antonio. Why hasn't he paid back the campaign money he took from ENRON and Fleishman Hillard? Ask Antonio whe he took money from his neighborhood councils while sitting on thousands? Where are those 80 neighborhood councils he's lying about, why did Antonio file for the state for 2006? I can go on and on

February 18, 2005 8:59 PM  

Blogger Halogirlfromcity said:

I want to know what funds these fees are coming from.
Hey SacramentoNighties, Don't you think the DOT GM should be accountable for the $20 mil? When are General Managers going to be held accountable and pay more attention to what's going on in their departments? Is it possible that the Transportation committee had no knowledge of the lax in DOT?

Back to the question. Hahn staffers should answer this question. Who is paying the legal defense bills for those innocently and not so innocently involved in these investations? I know city employees that have been affected personally and emotionally by Management's actions as a result of being interrogated by the authorities and receiving retaliation for testifying. Who's paying for their attorneys?

THAT'S WHY WE NEED A NEW MAYOR BECAUSE THIS SELF SERVING CRAP HAS TO GO. ABH

February 18, 2005 9:09 PM  

Blogger Halogirlfromcity said:

I can't believe the Mayor would stoop so low. Since when does staff do dirty work for the Mayor? Oh! It's when they're trying to save their jobs.

Why hasn't Hahn paid back the money he took Fleishman Hillard and all the other contractors who paid to play?

February 18, 2005 9:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FROM MEAT:

NEWS FLASH -- DENNIS ZINE POLL.

Bob - 28
Antonio - 12
Alarcon-8
Parks-6
Hahn-5

300 people sample CD 3.

Go Hahn!

blog away.

February 18, 2005 9:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Checks and balances, Halo Girl. Checks and balances. Look it up in your high school civics book. No one side gets all the glory when things go well. No one side gets all the blame when it gets screwed up. What the committees don't know, they should know. They have the power to find out everything, they have to ask the right questions, demand full answers and know everything the department knows, or the c & b doesn't work. (And it helps when the head of the committee stays in town more than 50 percent of the time).

In a dictatorship, you can blame the big guy for everything. Here you spread it around.

February 18, 2005 9:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's a joke, right. Some other anonymous is pretending to be the long-lost MEAT? Why would anyone believe a single number posted on this blog by the mathematically challenged MEAT. Cough up all the other missing, faked, fudged, and otherwise fornicated-up numbers, dude, before you throw any else out here for public consumption and expect to be believed. Yeah, that had to be a meat-imposter, cuz' with MEAT 2+2 = my guy gets 81 percent.

February 18, 2005 9:56 PM  

Blogger Halogirlfromcity said:

Your right Anon, checks and balances. Which means not one person is responsible for failures like these. So, why are the same folks blaming AV when you have GMs, Mayor, staff, etc. Let's get real. What question would you ask as a committee member to DOT to ensure that the revenue was properly being collected? The collection of revenue from parking tickets is a no brainer. How could that fall through the cracks? Since I'm naive then are you saying that all these committees are responsible for the failures of the departments? Then the Mayor failed to appoint responsible people to these committees and department heads.

February 18, 2005 10:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can't even comprehend the question in that maze, if there was ever one!?

February 18, 2005 11:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Interesting that ADV is asking these kind of questions a full year after the newspaper first raised the issue. Whether they deserve to be asked, or not, this is surely another case of well-timed political opportunism. Does this one count as another "stolen" idea -- this time from the Daily News? When did this become an urgent crisis worthy of an open letter to the mayor... when the costs surpassed the worth of 30 cops, 50? 81? 117? Or were there just no bogus polling results to report on a lazy, rainy Friday to get the media's attention again.

February 18, 2005 11:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is political campaigning by way of serial stunts. "I'm not in the Times today, Ace -- come up with something, anything..."

February 18, 2005 11:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So I wonder whether Villaraigosa's childhood buddy, Senator Cedillo, is rethinking his endorsement of Hahn:

1. Hahn's not even going to make the runoff.

2. Hahn's reputation is doing worse than his poll numbers.

3. Hahn's deputy chief of staff/Cedillo's erstwhile girlfriend, Natalie Reyes, is in London this weekend with the rich Lebanese national she met over Christmas break. This after going to Acapulco with a boy she met in DC during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Cedillo dates Reyes and endorses Hahn -- talk about pay to play. His one consolation is that he'll be done with both by March 9.

Problem is, then he'll endorse Villaraigosa.

Some people never learn...

February 19, 2005 10:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor sam? Don't you think Villaraigosa should answer his own constutuents first? WE are still waiting to hear WHY he promised us he wouldn't run for mayor.

February 19, 2005 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the person posting on Cedillo et al. You want somebody to start posting on Antonio's love life? Mayor Sam, take down the offending post please.

February 19, 2005 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio's lovelife, however replete with extracurricular activities, is never quite as politically relevant as this little tidbit. I mean, Cedillo and Villaraigosa went to high school together, didn't they? And how Cedillo has endorsed Hahn? Do we think his relationship with Reyes had something to do with it?

You'd think if McOsker asked Reyes to keep dating Cedillo until after the election, he'd also ask her to be a little more discreet with her international trysts. But when you have Commissioner Rubalcava hanging out with the guests at a mayoral fundraiser in a high-profile place like the Pacific Dining Car, I guess it's safe to say that discretion is not the strong suit of the Hahn adminstration.

February 19, 2005 12:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think you know what you are talking about. And I am surprised that Mayor Sam is allowing this BS.

February 19, 2005 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why would you think Mayor Sam wouldn't allow this? This site is just anti Hahn, no realy political discussion whatsoever.

February 19, 2005 5:27 PM  

Blogger Halogirlfromcity said:

Is this true..
Hahn's deputy chief of staff/Cedillo's erstwhile girlfriend, Natalie Reyes, is in London this weekend with the rich Lebanese national she met over Christmas break. This after going to Acapulco with a boy she met in DC during Hispanic Heritage Month.

What does she see in Cedillo anyway? She's better off looking for something better, but maybe she's found it? You go girl!

February 19, 2005 8:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You halo is slipping.

February 20, 2005 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The DN actually picked up this flackery -- one candidiate shouting questions to another through the media. I thought legit journalists came up with their own questions, and dug up answers themselves. What shills!

February 21, 2005 12:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The tax payers are going to pay for Hahn's corrupt commissioners. I have a question for Villarai-Gross-A:

Who is going to reimburse the City for having your City Council Staff work full time on your campaign?

Why do I ask this, they are busy with campaign stuff, out late at night that they are slow at getting to phone calls even if they bother to return them, no services are being generated to his office and they spent a crap load of time on the publicity shoot they called days of service instead of taking care of real business.

Boyle Heights and CD14 deserve better!

February 21, 2005 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ted Stein and his wife are supporters of Bill Rosendahl in CD11.

February 21, 2005 10:25 AM  

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