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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Another Tony Villar Endorsement

Melrose LarryLos Angeles legend and Howard Stern Show cast member, Melrose Larry Green, has endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Mayor.

Larry is no fan of public corruption and he apparentely must be convinced that Jim Hahn is the most ethically challenged mayor since Frank Shaw. Melrose wrote the book"Why The Clintons Belong In Prison," so he must know something about graft and crooked politicians.


UPDATE: In the race for irrelevant celebrity endorsements, Boi from Troy reports that Mayor Poopy has picked up the endorsement of famed milk drinker, Pat Boone.

Who's next? Richard Simmons?

60 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Puh-leeeeeese. The man is a lunatic.

April 21, 2005 12:02 PM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

I take great offense to this! I am not amused!

April 21, 2005 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Graft? Hahn? Please, "My name has never been associated with wrongdoing".

Also J. Hahn quotes: "I don't know anything about it, but I will look into it"; or

"If anyone has done wrong, I will be the first to argue they should be punished"; or

"You can't blame me for something I knew nothing about".

Yet, he has fired Ted Stein, Leland Wong, Fleishman-Hillard (Doug Dowie) and Troy Edwards.

Well, he won't answer if he fired Troy, just "He left". Was he fired or did he resign, Mr. Hahn?

Answer (for the second time), [guilty look], "He left".

JIm Hahn doesn't want to know. he tells us "Nothing has been proven".

OK, then, why did you fire them?

Cover-up stinks, no matter what face you try to put on it.

April 21, 2005 12:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did he fire Troy or did he resign? Not the Hahn response, does anyone really know what happened?

April 21, 2005 12:13 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

Not only is Mayor Sam back, we are being blessed with Frank Shaw too!

Melrose Larry Green is to Antonio what Rolando Big "O" is to Hahn.

April 21, 2005 12:14 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

You don't have to have wet dreams about Tony Villar to realize what a liar Jim Hahn is.

Tony Villar is our only choice, and if he is a louse in four years, we'll toss him too.

You can't get worse than Jim Hahn. Will say, do anything given how desperate he has become.

April 21, 2005 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Edwards was fired, but allowed to "resign". He hasn't been seen since, except at the Grand Jury hearings.

Wonder how Bill Wardlaw feels these days?

Thing is, even if Hahn were to pull a rabbit out of a hat, it still won't stop the DA and the US Attorney from chasing down this crap and nailing everyone in sight.

Bet on Troy to stand firm and not rat out anyone?

Not me. I say, he saves his own ass. What would you do?

April 21, 2005 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How do you know this about Troy? I ask because you know how those sticklers are at City hall re: being fired.

Didn't a whole bunch of other deputy mayors get fired at the same time?

April 21, 2005 1:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh, no. They all "left".

April 21, 2005 1:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All the Hahn-haters love the "guess" who's going to end up ratting out the big boss, down the line.

What if there's nothing to RAT? (There isn't -- so get a life).,

Melrose Larry endorsed ADV for the same reason he stalks Stern, he's a star F-ER, with a capital "UCK" -- but Tony's dim little start went out in the last century, and all you wannabe's just keep hanging close, hoping it'll "come alive" again.

Sorry... make all the wishes you want, the man's a lump of cold stone.

April 21, 2005 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So they were all fired too? Wow-what a way to clean house. Edward's departure kind of covered the other ones up. What did the other ones do? Or maybe didn't do would be the better question?

April 21, 2005 1:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This guy goes to council and makes a complete ass out of himself. I asked MEAT name ONE accomplishment Antonio has completed in the last year and not those made up neighborhood watches. He hasn't answered. Hahn's main issues are public safety, affordable housing, gang reduction programs, after school programs, neighborhood councils, LAX expansion. What the hell has Antonio done? Been an absentee councilman for 2 yrs. He doesn't support Neighborhood Councils. I can't believe he was at Jefferson High praying with the students when he should have been in Boyle Heights praying with the 15 families who's loved ones have been murdered. Next time he's on the Eastside the protesters are coming out to rain on his parade and show the media is a ZERO record councilman.

April 21, 2005 2:21 PM  

Blogger Anon-in-the-know said:

I finally had a chance to see some real numbers on this F-H thing and put the whole thing in perspective. Hahn just announced a $5+ billion annual budget. So that means that for the first 3 years of his term, F-H billings (legal AND illegal) averaged an amount equal to LESS than ONE-TENTH of ONE PERCENT of the city's expenditures each year (plus two years under Riordan - probably about the same).

That's .001 of the annual budget.

Even if you believe Laura Chick's larger numbers (which the city attorney wisely suggested were unproveable) about the amount of "suspicious" overbilling, the full damage would have been an even smaller fraction of that. But the amount anybody could really prove, according to Delgadillo, was overbilled (less than $1 million) -- spread out over the several years -- was about ONE-TWENTIETH of that previous FRACTION of a FRACTION of the annual budget.

If my math hasn't failed me, that's .00005 of the annual budget, (or FIVE ONE-THOUSANDTHS of ONE PERCENT).

With all this screaming and ranting by the inconsolable Hahn-haters, I had begun to believe this particular contractor had robbed the city blind and every significant service had suffered as a result. That's barely enough to run city services for 4 HOURS out of one day in any given year (and now it's coming back six-fold through a settlement). More perspective -- for a household of average annual income in Los Angeles, that would be like someone stealing your wallet in a crowd only to find out you had less than $3 in it.

It's also a tiny, tiny fraction of what the Rampart situation cost the city under Bernard Parks and his predecessors.

Didn't Villaraigosa's Transportation Committee oversee (or overlook?) the probably permanent loss of $20 MILLION in revenues while he was chairing the
committee -- about as much as F-H billed (legally and illegaly) over the full five years they had city contracts. Is ADV and his committee working on a similar settlement to get one-third or more of that $20 million loss back?

Yes, it was bad to lose the money (now returned 6X), but please... some perspective, people, perspective!

April 21, 2005 3:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm not that good with numbers, but you have to ask, "would I even call the cops over losing $3 to a pickpocket?"

Depends on how much I liked the wallet, I guess.

April 21, 2005 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm not that good with numbers, but you have to ask, "would I even call the cops over losing $3 to a pickpocket?"

Depends on how much I liked the wallet, I guess.

April 21, 2005 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, but you're talking about $3 for every household, or maybe person living in the city - that's a shitload of money when you add it all up - you're just trying to spin it down to an insignificant level to justify your bosses negligence.

April 21, 2005 3:56 PM  

Blogger Anon-in-the-know said:

Sorry, 3:56 p.m. Anonymous, you multipled when you should have divided. The $3 example was just to give some perspective -- the damage to the city budget vs. the like to an average household budget.

If you wanted to look at it the way you're suggesting, the "actual" cost to each household (rough numbers) was something in the neighborhood of 15 - 20 cents each year. And, then the settlement would be like getting about $1 back per household, for the trouble.

April 21, 2005 5:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Melrose?

What a coincidence, Hahn was just endorsed by "Sepulveda Harvey Brown." Go figure! He wrote the book, ADV is living off of -- "Turn Your Empty Suit Into a Political Career."

April 21, 2005 5:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SO, if I understand this correctly, Mr. "in-the-know" the DUMP HAHN people are saying this because while he was in office, somebody he had professional dealings with, that the PREVIOUS mayor hired on as a contractor (not EVEN him), cost me - or actually my entire household, about 50 pennies. And because of the announcement yesterday, Rocky del is getting me back $2.50 - $3.00 through a settlement on that ripoff.

In that case, sounds like we SHOULD dump Jimmy and make DELGADILLO the "first Latino mayor" in modern times. We got the wrong Hispanic on the ticket -- because ADV never did anything for me, living in CD14.

Is there still time for a draft?

April 21, 2005 6:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

15 cents? Dang, and the ADV-lovers are running around calling the CD14 "haters" petty because he can't complete projects and has been stealing his (six figure?) paycheck for two years.

April 21, 2005 6:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, it really has been over the top on the overbilling thing, and I'm no fan of Jim Hahn. But city council loses that much every year blowing it's nose.

April 21, 2005 6:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

These ADV endorsements you keep posting are SO bogus and see through. I'm GOP (yeah, I admit it). And I got a mailer yesterday from Hahn's people must have had 200 names and organizations on the back endorsing him that I've NEVER seen mentioned here, or even on his own website - which is skewed to his Demo base, of course.

Please, first ex-jocks turned RE developeers, now you're posting gadflies, out of desperation.

Who's Mary Carey endorsing (when she gets out of jail)? How about Gary Coleman? Yikes.

April 21, 2005 6:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is an ambarrassment, not an endorsement. You've lost your way Mayor Sam!

But HAPPY SIX MONTH ANNIVERSARY!

Regardless.

April 21, 2005 6:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, Jimmy's got PAT BOONE and BARBARA STREISAND. Now if that ain't a BROAD base, I don't know what the hell is...

Word is Pat's APRIL LOVE is gonna turn into May showers for Tony V., and Babs will RAIN ON HIS PARADE.

Ha!

April 21, 2005 6:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, if the blogger people hadn't shut down the site (and you had posted something that really pissed of the ADV "haters" you might have hit the big 100K on your half-year mark.

Six months old and still backing the loser non-stop.

April 21, 2005 6:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LUNATICKS LOVE ANTONIO! He speaks their language.

April 21, 2005 6:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Taking bets on how long before ADV gets wind that the "haters" are planning on showing up at his newest photo-ops (he's already asking people to 'rsvp' for community gathering - for CRYING out loud. Then, he'll start having, "schedule conflicts" and getting "caught in traffic" and missing them entirely.

I say by May 1 he's invisible, like the 80 NEW INVISIBLE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES in CD14.

Get used to it L.A. if the majority (so far) make him mayor, he'll be "Claude"-raining on all your parades.

April 21, 2005 6:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wasn't Melrose the first guy in L.A. to start wearing "Bush '04" buttons around town in 2003?

April 21, 2005 6:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

(Yeah, but don't tell the Tony-lovers that, they'll start saying "he knows how to pick a winner!"

Sheesh...

April 21, 2005 7:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With all of the previous censorship that overlapped from Villaraigosas site....same censorship, this site really went downhill.

Mayor Sam, CP, why all the censoring and allowing Meat to make ip threats on the previous blog? This is why many of us think that you are actually meat...

Again, this site has gone down, down...hopefully it will pick up again.

April 21, 2005 7:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

F-H wasn't the only drain on the treasury, just the most visible.

All the contracts Stein gave out at the Airport, Acevedo at the Harbor, Wong at LADWP to buddies who ponied up for anti-secession and re-elect Hahn cost us a bundle, not to mention the $500 Million added to the payroll without increasing an employee, thanks to Julie Butcher and Maria Elena Durazo.

Is is any wonder the unions are backing Hahn? Why not? He never says no!

Let us not forget that Acevedo, wearing his developer hat owes the city hundreds of millions, as does Chris Hammond, yet another Hahn favorite, and they are both in default.

How much did Abrams get away with, or Casden? Who knows? Laura can't audit every damn contract and check every program.

The system is corrupt and the guy at the top has to take responsibility for it. You can't just say "I don't know anything about it" and skate.

No, F-H is just the tip of the iceberg...

April 21, 2005 7:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For those of you Tony Haters/ Truth Lovers looking to disrupt Tony's venture back into East L.A., it's been done before. Check this out:
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Frenzied Pace, Frayed Nerves as Mayoral Race Nears End
Politics: Tight contest opens cracks in finely honed images. L.A.is inundated by ads and appearances.
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2001
Author: BETH SHUSTERBOB POOLNOAKI SCHWARTZ

Skirmish in the Streets

Villaraigosa and supporters gather Friday afternoon for an orchestrated walk through his old neighborhood, an event billed as a chance for Boyle Heights merchants to greet this native son and former Assembly speaker.

His high-profile entourage includes county Supervisor Gloria Molina and Henry Cisneros, former U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

But a skirmish is brewing, a bit of political street theater that a voter fed nothing but TV ads might never see.

It begins as Molina approaches Villaraigosa's campaign headquarters on Soto Street. At the door, a dozen Becerra supporters carry large signs and shout their candidate's name.

As she enters, a Villaraigosa recruit descends the stairs holding a large sign bearing his name and heading for the opposition.

"No, no," Molina says to ward off the confrontation. Inside the room, she uses her cell phone to call the Becerra campaign, which denies involvement.

Villaraigosa, wearing a dark blue suit, addresses his troops. "The best thing we can do is be very calm, smile at them, not agitate them," he says. "We've run a very clean, positive campaign. It's about hope, bringing people together."

Leaving for their televised stroll, the three pols are briefly followed by the motley, mostly young group chanting, "Becerra!"
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The Times coverage wasn't as detailed as the front page coverage in La Opinion on this disruption. Molina, Tony and Cisneros had to stay holed up inthier office for more than two hours. Molina tired to push her weight around, and that's no small feat. Bottom line, Tony got punked in what he claimed was his own neighborhood.

April 21, 2005 7:42 PM  

Anonymous MEAT said:

FROM MEAT:

I recall that day -- I also recall that primary election day where Becerra got his ass handed to him. I also recall 2 years later when nick and xavier got their asses handed to them one more time.

Come one come all -- protest us please -- i'll be the one with the camcorder.

blog away dum-dums

April 21, 2005 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Damn, "tip of the iceberg" another trite ADV-loverism I forgot to mention before.

Just means "we don't really know if there's anything else DOWN there, we're just going to keep SAYING there is until someone proves it wrong (or not -- works the same). As long as the "rumors" are out there, it hobbles Hahn, and it takes years to shed all this fake "corruption" shit piles ADV lobs out.

Ask Pacheco -- cleared of everything, but ADV-lover in CD14 keep saying "oh yeah, wasn't he "corrupt?" ( Iguess they never saw the 3-inch newspaper article that said NOPE, nothing there... noe ICEBERG (months after the huge front page story saying" INVESTIGATED FOR CORRUPTION (on lies planted by ADV's hounds).

But Hahn, and the law, and the city attorney will just keeping knocking down the innuendo, left, right, center. Until all that's left is an honest mayor, and a slimy opponent with his bags still packed for the next gig where people don't REALLY know him.

April 21, 2005 7:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio just used his opportunity to do a FREE media play and show up at Jefferson H.S. Some of us had the opportunity to watch it, and the viewing had mixed responses. Some individuals liked it, and some thought he was just taking advantage of the situation there. Keep in mind we are a mixed crowd. Some are pro AV, others pro Hahn. What's great is that we might insult each other, but still we do not get offended and start censoring. Once you start censoring, those socialistic agendas do not have to be written, they are obviously executed by the one censoring. All in all, I realize that Antonio V. uses these vulnerable opportunities and uses the people emotionally for his own gain and political agenda. So many violent incidents happen in the junior high and high schools in the area he serves, I never or heard of him holding hands in prayer. May God forgive him for pimping himself and using religion as a tool to manipulate the minds of the young and adults.

Jefferson H.S. has always been there, now he shows up? I don't think that Antonio V. can help this city with its racial problems, we need someone who is not linked to racist groups like the Mecha and their Aztlan doctrine. His extreme views will only make ethnic groups divisive and result in chaotic situations. I don't buy it that he is going to help, first it's money, then maybe he will help you.

April 21, 2005 7:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MEAT, been blogging with the amateurs over on AV and LAVoice blogs (can't take the heat-meat).

No "sorry I blamed Jimmy for cyring WOLF about F-H..." wasn't much there, just the same kind of 15-20 percent overbilling every lawyer and financial advisor in town does to pad the bottom line. And Rocky makes us a profit and Laura looks like a partisan toadie padding her "graft" claims more than EVER F-H padded it bills... just to make HER look good, and Jimmy look bad. SO transparent, now she looks like some amatuer Dick Tracy with her trenchcoat up over her ears.

15 cents worth of GRAFT and you want us to dump Hahn in favor of the least effective, most addled city councilman in the last 30 years. You people must be F-ing suicidal. ADV makes mayor, we'll need more than a feeding tube for L.A., we'll need Rodger Dopdger to say LAST RITES.

PLEASE, get a different mantra soon... the "corruption" crap can't EVEN be heard anymore. Sounds like freeway sounds to the neighbors.

April 21, 2005 7:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For ADV's (fake) whistleblowing cronies it always "nothing proven, nothing lost..." They can still keep saying OH, nothing was PROVEN, but that don't mean nothing BAD happened. (Jimmy's just a real GOOD crook, hides his tracks well).

Such garbage, No proof before the primary, no proof before the runoff. No proof ever. Lies, innuendo, and penny-ante pickpockets blown up to be major ogres. Meanwhile, ADV is hiding $1.3 million in city funds from his tiny, por district give out to cronies when he leaves as PAYOLA from helping him move, one, shorting every other project in the district and telling the NON-antonio people, tough Shit... ask the next guy (but I'll make Sure) he doesn't have any money to start with -- for REAL... not just the lies I told about the last guy.,

April 21, 2005 7:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What the heck did you Tony-lovers think was going on -- that Dowie and company were getting Hahn's permission to markup the bills, and pocketing the extra money? Making a profit? Hell no -- they're just middle-managers in a 2nd rate office trying to cover up for bad deals on other divisions by goosing the city a few extra pennies on the dollar. You think ex City Attorney Hahn said "Okay, rip us off for a million or so, but make sure you donate a few thousand to me, so I look the other way?" Morons. You ever had a REAL corporate job?

They get the same salary, maybe a little bonus if the branch looks good (the L.A. office get chicken feed compared to St. Louis and New York and San Fran. HQ considers this backwater country.

Yeah, Hahn's in on all this "graft" he's letting the contractors steal millions from the city, so he can get a few thousand for campaign funds from them.

April 21, 2005 8:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Right, they were risking prison so St. Louis and the stockholders could get rich. Dowie's such a tool, he wouldn't know an accurate bill for services from the agency's light bill..

HOUSE OF CARDS, corruption theorists -- just like Tony's facke accomplishments, the faked corruption charges will just keep dropping left and right, until the only thing left standing is ADV's empty (self-soiled) suit.

April 21, 2005 8:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like Sac Nighties was right yesterday -- another CD14 project sitting in limbo two years after it should have been breaking ground and a year after Parks Dept. said it could have been completed (under any other councilmember). There it still sits, no variances granted, no financial analysis, not even "legal" yet. But, close enough for an ADV photo-op, just seconds before the runoff vote -- even though not approved by city departments to move ahead.

Like ADV's staff -- not ready for prime time yet... SO not ready to be running the mayor's office:

ITEM NO. (30) - Motion Required
04-0940

CD 14 COMMUNICATION FROM THE CITY ATTORNEY and ORDINANCE FIRST CONSIDERATION relative to the establishment of an Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area in a portion of Hermon Park.

Recommendation for Council action, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MAYOR: PRESENT and ADOPT the accompanying ORDINANCE amending Section 63.44 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to establish an Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area in a portion of Hermon Park.

Fiscal Impact Statement: None submitted by the City Attorney. Neither the City Administrative Officer nor the Chief Legislative Analyst has completed a financial analysis of this report.

(Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee waived consideration of the above matter)

April 21, 2005 8:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SCRRRRRRAPING the bottom of the barrel to stay in view of media with these latest "endorsements of the day". . . looks like this could be the:

FIRST NAIL IN VILLARAIGOSA'S COFFIN

April 21, 2005 8:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MEAT says he'll be the one with camcorder. Now this only makes sense since he's praying he can keep his job. Did anyone hear LARRY ELDER THIS AFTERNOON? It was GREAT. He tore Antonio apart. He told drive time listeners how could anyone vote for a candidate who failed the bar exam 3 times? He talked about Antonio being a socialist. etc. etc. I hear more talk show hosts who don't like ADV are going to do shows in the next week or two on this same thing. FREE

April 21, 2005 9:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The frontrunner in the race to be the next mayor of the "City of Angels" is no angel himself, says a California family advocacy group. In fact, says the group, Antonio Villaraigosa has one of the worst records on family values and religious freedom in the state's history. "Villaraigosa is against the Boy Scouts, against protecting marriage for a man and a woman, against religious freedom, and against parental rights," says Randy Thomasson, president of the Campaign for Children and Families. And there is more, Thomasson says. "If elected mayor, Villaraigosa would truly be 'the ACLU Mayor,'" he says. The CCF leader points out that in the early 1990s, the mayoral candidate was president of the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, during which time he "relentlessly attacked" the Scouts, promoted homosexual "marriage," and persecuted religious values. And according to Thomasson, Villaraigosa -- as a member of the California State Assembly -- authored two "ultra-liberal" bills: one targeting religious businesses that prohibited the hiring of open homosexuals, and one requiting that high school student be taught to appreciate sexual orientation as a condition of graduation. Both bills were signed into law by then-Governor Gray Davis. Thomasson calls Villaraigosa a "deceptive" candidate who, if elected, will use his "unbridled power to undermine, attack, and destroy basic family values.

April 21, 2005 9:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No matter how you look at it, given all that has been said and printed by the media and seen on TV, as well as all that is known about each of the candidates it will be close, very close. Antiono is not as Mayoral as some might think and Hanh is not as dull as some might think. The city will take two very different directions,depending on the outcome.

April 21, 2005 9:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is it any wonder we have a shortfall in police officers? Oour Mayor is running for re-election!!! See below:


Los Angeles Daily News


Hahn's costly deadline
$700,000 OT paid in rush to finish Van Nuys City Hall


By Beth Barrett
Staff Writer


Friday, April 22, 2005 - VAN NUYS -- Since last fall, dozens of carpenters, plumbers, electricians and painters have been working overtime at rates up to $103 per hour to restore Van Nuys City Hall in time for Mayor James Hahn to boast of completing it before the May 17 mayoral runoff election, the Daily News has learned.

Copies of time sheets reviewed by the Daily News show at least $600,000 in overtime has been authorized to get the building ready for a dedication ceremony Hahn is scheduled to oversee Monday.

Confronted with that information, city officials acknowledged the actual overtime cost is at least $700,000, two-thirds of it since Jan. 1.

The project has grown in cost from an estimated $18 million to $22 million, including the overtime, rising construction costs, furniture, communication equipment and other costs. Funding for it is now $3 million short.

Most of the time sheets describe the overtime as necessary to meet a "deadline," and several City Hall sources and construction workers said in interviews that it was made clear to them the pressure was intense to get the building ready in time for Hahn to use the dedication in his re-election effort.

"We've been here seven days a week," said one worker, who asked not to be identified out of fear of losing his job. "It's for the wrong purpose: the election."

Nonetheless, city officials overseeing the project denied politics were involved, saying the overtime was needed to move city workers out of leased facilities and into the renovated building on schedule and to get it ready for a planned City Council meeting in May.

Work was slowed by the heavy winter rains, they said, and only two floors of the 11-story building will actually be ready for use Monday despite the overtime.

Hahn's spokesman, Deputy Mayor Doane Liu, said there was "absolutely" no pressure from the Mayor's Office to push the schedule ahead and that the mayor didn't know about the overtime costs.

Liu said he since has been told by city officials that the overtime was required to close up the building quickly, against the rains, and to move rent-paying tenants in other buildings to the new facility on schedule.

"The emergency need was to close it up as fast as possible, I'm sure the potential risk exceeded the overtime cost," Liu said.

City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa, who is running against Hahn in the May 17 runoff election, criticized the way the project has been handled.

"Public funds should not be used to enhance Jim Hahn's political career," he said.

"It was wrong when he used Fleishman-Hillard as an adjunct to his press office. And it's wrong to push up a construction deadline and pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to open a city building as a photo op for his campaign."

Doc Nghiem, the project manager with the city's Bureau of Engineering, said the mayor's appointee for Valley issues, John Bwarie, called several times to ask about the status of the project but didn't put him under pressure.

"The mayor wanted a dedication, and I thought it best when all the workers were still there," Nghiem said. "This is a milestone of the building. Otherwise, all the workers would be gone, and they put in so much effort; they did such a good job.

"He (John Bwarie) was asking when will you guys finish. He never asked us to do it a little faster. ... He did not push."

Nghiem said City Administrative Officer Bill Fujioka, Interim Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller and others on the city's Seismic Governance Committee are evaluating how to close the $3 million funding shortfall.

"We have to do what we have to do. People are aware we're doing overtime. It saves the city extra expenses later on," Nghiem said.

Assistant City Administrative Officer Ellen Sandt said officials attributed the overtime to rain-related problems, adding that much of the push came from plans for the City Council meeting. She said the city will find the extra money in the seismic bond program or elsewhere.

In June 1990, voters approved a total of $376 million in general-obligation bonds, financed by an increase in property taxes, to repair and strengthen seismically deficient public buildings and bridges. The increase is costing property owners about $9.50 per $100,000, or $47.50 on a $500,000 home, in fiscal 2005. All the bonds have been issued and will be repaid by 2015.

Councilman Tony Cardenas, whose office will be located in the building, never pushed the project and wasn't concerned about the May meeting, a representative said.

Nghiem said the rains created a pool in the underground parking structure and caused delays, driving the need for the overtime and larger crews -- which grew from about 70 workers initially to 130 more recently. Most of the work was done by Department of General Services crews, though some specialty work was subcontracted.

The time sheets show the overtime began last fall long before the heavy rains and, according to a source, was needed "to get this ready for this (opening) event. Right now we're about finished, and they're talking going to regular time after Monday."

It has become usual for the General Services Department crews -- who work a four-day, 10-hour week -- to arrive at the site early and to work until 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Fridays and the weekend, putting in 10 hours of overtime, according to the work sheets.

Documents obtained by the Daily News originally projected a completion date in June, a schedule also confirmed by workers at the site. Nghiem said he expects the building to be completed by the end of May.

Joe Loaiza, exterior construction project coordinator with the city's Department of General Services, confirmed the overtime schedules on a recent Saturday when dozens of people were working on the plaza area outside the 11-story art deco-modern city hall at 14410 Sylvan St., built in 1932 as a replica of Los Angeles City Hall.

The pressure to reopen the building has mounted to the point many workers are becoming so "burned out" that they have declined to volunteer for overtime, despite the extra pay, a source said.

"Everybody is tired," a source said.

On some weekends, more than $15,000 in overtime was paid to workers, according to the time sheets, though sources estimated that on some weekends the cost rose higher, to $40,000 or more.

"Unlimited overtime was authorized, as long as it's productive," a source said.

About $255,000 was spent on overtime for electrical work and painting; $235,000 in overtime for plumbing; and more than $110,000 in OT for carpenters and others working on the plaza.

For example, on Jan. 8, a Saturday, carpenters and plumbers combined for nearly 400 hours in OT at a cost of $16,500 -- an average of $42 an hour for overtime.

Nghiem, the project manager, said some specialty work was done on overtime because the building, especially the tower, is so small that the specialists couldn't fit in there while regular crews were on the job.

Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 beth.barrett@dailynews.com

April 22, 2005 2:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So what's the problem, previous poster. It seems to me that this is a city project that is actually getting done. What projects has Tony completed? Don't you think the residents in Boyle Heights would kill to pay police officers overtime? God knows they are already dying for it!

Yesterday on Channel 11 Tony boasted about holding the hands of many mothers who lost thier kids to gang violence. What a crock of shit! But Tony's best quote, "There is no doubt about it, crime is down, but only in certain parts of the city." Crime is down everywhere but in the 14th District. Tony is coming across as a hypocrite and the voters of L.A. are seeing him for what he really is - an empty suit.

April 22, 2005 5:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whose campaign is in trouble?

Today in the L.A. Times:

"The Villaraigosa campaign initially dismissed Hahn's announcement as a gimmick. But on Thursday — at the same charter school where Hahn unveiled his proposals — Villaraigosa announced his intention to make the mayor "ultimately responsible" for the schools.

Villaraigosa offered no specific plan,..."

Running out of ideas Parke? I know, let's follow Jimmy around, he seems to know what he is doing. 2001 flashbacks already streaming through my mind. Don't you think voters in the valley can't see through that suit and smile?

April 22, 2005 5:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"If the idea of mayoral control proved popular, he said, he would push to change the City Charter."

Looks like a plan to me.

April 22, 2005 6:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I viewed the program last night on Channel 11 where AV was being interviewed.

I agree with one of the previous who posted:

"Yesterday on Channel 11 Tony boasted about holding the hands of many mothers who lost thier kids to gang violence."

You could tell he was worried as he said this. He is not sure of what to say. It's a lie! He is never around when there are problems, he just said this and has no proof. If anyone was undecided last night, he really messed that up, he just gave the vote to Hahn. AV's comments were a repeat and he sounded like a broken record, the interviewer looked frustrated at his arrogance and childlike bickering. I think all of us were sick at the comment of holding the hands of many mothers...because this is simply not true, he is lying through his pearly white teeth and thousand dollar suits, empty suits.

April 22, 2005 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ANON POSTED,
"If the idea of mayoral control proved popular, he said, he would push to change the City Charter."

ANOTHER ANON ADDED,
Looks like a plan to me."


Oh Yes, another so called plan he steals from other people. He has a habit of stealing ideas, plans and spinning this as the opponent actually did this. I just realized one more thing, VILLARAIGOSA IS DILLUSIONAL, PERIOD!

April 22, 2005 8:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

James Hahn came across very professional and believable. His answers were genuine and full of facts. His best quote, "I may not have the best smile or suit, but I am someone that will work. I wll make the tough decision, even knowing that they will cost me votes." Then he went on to say that Tony would have Parks, the guy that let rampart get away, along with 800 police officers, as his law and order guy.

Tony came acros as slimy and evasive with packaged quotes that got boring after the first two words - we've heard them all already - over and over again. The interviewer was so put off that even after stating there was one more minute left, she cut Tony off 15 seconds into his last packaged stump speech.

Tony is so afraid to mess up that he's coming across like a litlle Caothlic boy at his first confession.

April 22, 2005 8:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Tony is so afraid to mess up that he's coming across like a litlle Caothlic boy at his first confession."

That's because he IS a little Catholic boy at his first confession.

Got time to hear it?

April 22, 2005 9:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It was Christine Devine who interviewed Villaraigosa on Fox, Channel 11.

She looked extremely annoyed by Villaraigosa. Villaraigosa was insecure in some of his answers and obvious he was not sure what exactly to say, as if he was going to get in trouble for mixing up his lies. He no longer knows what is the truth or lies because of all the lies he has told. Villaraigosa has to remember that all lies to catch up to the one who is making them, and it is apparent when he speaks.

April 22, 2005 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Confess Villaraigosa...this would be difficult thing for you to do. So many lies, lies, lies, lies, and lies. You have no concrete plans that show how the funding will take place. You paint a Big vision, just like the big vision you gave your loved one, and you broke it. Imagine, if you are willing to hurt your own family, what will you do to us?

April 22, 2005 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Got time to hear it?"

There's only 3 1/2 weeks left, not enough time to hear it. But perhaps during the summer I'll be interested in settling down to his confession novel.

April 22, 2005 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Devine asked a simple, straight forward question, "How are you goin gto pay for your transportation plan?" Tony's response, "We are stuck in girdlock, 40,000 intersections, London and New York have transportation systems and oh yeah, san Francisco has a phone number." Whaaaaaaaaat?!

Tony got stuck again on his first answer, couldn't name any campaign contributors because there are so many. Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!

April 22, 2005 9:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 9:15 AM,

I noticed that too! He was a joke. She asked the direct question and he went off on another subject-DILLUSIONAL, VILLARAIGOSA IS DILLUSIONAL.

April 22, 2005 9:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa said something to the fact that someone like him who has so many endorsements, could not remember one.

I was going to suggest that Devine should have taken some snacks to throw at him when he finally thought of one endorsement (union). He was showing desperation and confusion.

April 22, 2005 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe this post will help towards your 100,000 hit. Link below provided.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lopez22apr22,1,27572.column?coll=la-util-local-metro

Steve Lopez:
Points West

Boyle Heights Steamed by Antonio

"Mr. Villaraigosa is NOT good for L.A.," Martha Cisneros wrote to me in a blistering e-mail.

That's the kind of note I've been getting lately..."

April 22, 2005 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lopez confirms... it WAS a one-night stand!

April 22, 2005 12:11 PM  

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