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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

More Indictments (possibly) and Emeryville Beats Los Angeles

Today's Daily News and LA Times report that federal prosecutor Adam Kamenstein remarked yesterday that he expects a grand jury to return a superceding indictment against Stodder and an additional defendant in April or May.

An excerpt from the Daily News:

Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and Loyola Law School professor, said the disclosure indicates more people are cooperating "or they would have been named in the first indictment."

"They'll continue to do the squeeze play."

Levenson said another indictment - even if it doesn't involve a current or former Hahn administration official - would hurt the mayor politically.
"It's all bad for Hahn," she said. "It's like picking the scab off and constantly reminding people of corruption."


excerpt from the LA Times:

Fleishman-Hillard, a St. Louis-based firm that had cultivated extensive political connections in Los Angeles, wrote speeches, letters, media plans and news releases for Mayor Hahn. Many of the news releases were written on Hahn's letterhead and made minimal or no mention of the utility. Records indicate that the firm was in almost daily contact with the mayor's office, work for which it billed the DWP


Not that any of this is funny, but yesterday Hahn was doing the right thing by standing up and trying to clean up King Drew medical center.

But just read the following from yesterday's LA Times:

When asked about the timing of his announcement, Hahn said, "I can't help that there is an election scheduled."

WOW.

I personally find this funny because Hahn has single-handedly took away from Hahn supporters a line they have been trying to thread here on this very blog. That the corruption probes on the mayor's office are political in nature.

Well I suppose the FBI like the Mayor (quoting Jim Hahn now) "the FBI can't help that there is an election scheduled."

Truly priceless.

Wait, this wasn't supposed to be about indictments but another new topic regarding the Hahn administration.

We have received several e-mails from Cities across the state and local people in the know that the Stem Cell folks have narrowed their list to 4 Cities. These cities are in the running to host the base for the $3 billion dollar Stem Cell bond initiative.

1. San Jose
2. San Francisco
3. San Diego
4. Emeryville

What the hell is Emeryville doing on that list?

Didn't the Mayor of Los Angeles propose...The mayor’s proposal was submitted to an independent oversight committee, and calls for 17,000 square feet of office space at City National Plaza (formerly ARCO Plaza) at Fifth and Flower streets in Downtown L.A. to be used for the headquarters. Thomas Properties Inc. owns the two buildings totaling more than 2 million square feet at City National Plaza; chief executive Jim Thomas has been a close Hahn ally and is also on the board overseeing the $1.2 billion Grand Avenue project....
In a press conference announcing the bid, Hahn mentioned both university’s efforts in the biomedical research arena as key reasons why the institute’s board should site their headquarters in Los Angeles.
The city also offered free access to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the institute’s larger meeting needs, as well as $1 million in foundation grant funding to help support the institute’s administrative needs. In his bid letter, Hahn mentioned that the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Keck Foundation had agreed to put up a total of $500,000 toward that grant funding.



Read about Hahn's proposal here and here and here and here.

But why read all of those press accounts when you can just read about it straight from Jim Hahn's own website

Save that PDF as I expect it will no longer be available to the public much longer.

So now that I've primed the pump somewhat, let me explain why the City of Los Angeles lost to Emeryville. WE FILLED OUT THE APPLICATION WRONG!

It's not because Emeryville has better universities that compete with USC or UCLA.

It's not because they have brighter students than Cal-Tech, in fact here are the schools likely to lead the Stem Cell $3 billion dollar revolution of jobs and cures for diseases.

Emeryville's leading institutions of learning:

National Holistic Institute
Coastal Valley College
Silicon Valley College


I can see how Cal-Tech can't compete with the national holistic institute, I do recall that UCLA frequently quivers at thought of debating Coastal Valley College at debate forums and there are stories of USC losing chess matches to Silicon Valley College year after year.

Jim Hahn has let 2 community colleges and a holistic institute shame Los Angeles.

Richard Riordan, Tom Bradley and yes even Sam Yorty would get Los Angeles into the finals on the backs of CSUN students.





64 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

tick...tick....tick.....tick.....

April 12, 2005 1:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In the immortal words of John Travolta...

"Ain't it cool?"

Jimmy just can't get out of his own way. Maybe we could have gotten that stem cell home base, if only those meanies hadn't made him lose the best part of his staff, the "free" Fleishman-Hillard guys.

How would you expect those dorky Deputy Mayors just out of High School to know what to do to get the job done?

And now they are picking on poor little Dougie Dowie again.

How's that song go again. "Why does everybody wanna kick my ass?"

Ain't it cool?

April 12, 2005 1:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, where is the evidence that the Hahn Administration filled out the papers wrong?

When informed, did Jim say something like one of his standard responses?

You know:

"I don't know anything about it, but I'll look into it, and if someone has done something wrong, then they should be punished."

Or, "You can't hold me responsible for something I didn't know anything about".

We are all dying to know, who's head will roll for this classical F.U.?

Now, Hahnista's let's hear some more about rapes, drive-by shootings committed by Antonio, and poor performance in CD 14.

Never mind that Hahn is taking this City down singlehandidly with his inattention to business, bungling and corruption. Tell us some more about Antonio getting kicked out of grammar school or something really important like who is screwing whom.

April 12, 2005 1:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim, are you sure you want some more debates?

Better rethink that one.

Kam good luck spinning this one; time to go back to Diane or something, you know, something you can get your hands around.

April 12, 2005 1:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chief Parker it amazes that you still seem desperate just like MEAT and are running scared. If you thought for one second that Antonio was wayyyyyy ahead and was a shoe in why post all this crap. Just like this big city's meida bias this website is one of the most one-sided political blogs in LA.

The media has finally started but once Antonio's record of a do nothing CM is printed and broadcast do you really think voters will want him? NO! He doesn't have the experience, qualifications, or character to withstand the position of mayor. I'm talking major issues in his own district that he can't even take care of. Simple things that every other CM does. He's sitting pretty for now. But he better not get too confident cause his harmer is coming down real real soon and its not coming from Hahn.

April 12, 2005 7:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Valley violent crime down 35 percent. Oh but Antonio, Parks, Magic, and the rest of the blacks wanted a corrupted police chief to stay. Public Safety #1 priority and where is Antonio? HE'S GONE FOR A COUPLE MORE DAYS BACK EAST.

April 12, 2005 8:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, if you had done your homework you'd realize that Emeryville is sandwhiched between Oakland and Berkeley (I know you've heard of UC Berkeley) and is, by many accounts, ground zero in technology and biomedicine.

Pixar is located in Emeryville. Lucas Films is moving to Emeryville. CH2M Hill is in Emeryville. Need I say more....

April 12, 2005 8:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From what I have read in this site Hahn is labeled as corrupt and Villaraigosa as a liar and flip flopper. The solution is a REPUBLICAN Candidate. This would have made the mayoral race worth voting for.

April 12, 2005 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone find out why the Mexican Government Officials are constantly at Antonio's Eastside headquarters.

EXTRA! EXTRA! LAPD OFFICERS ON THE MOVE. Parks people telling some local cops Antonio promised to get rid of 3-12 flexible work schedule. LAPD officers ready to leave the department. They hate Antonio because he supports gang bangers while their out risking their lives for hard working families. Expect a MAJOR EXODUS OF LAPD if Antonio wins.

April 12, 2005 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, Ive only been viewing this blog for a couple months now, and this is a milestone heading. By my (quick) count this is the 200th time someone has said "more indictments coming down soon" (and nothing has appeared. . .

tock, tock, tock, tock

April 12, 2005 9:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hahn-haters don't want indictments to REALLY come down, they prefer to keep pretending (like ADV himself) that someone very close to Hahn is dirty and that it will definitely rub off on him, when the reality is so penny ante and far removed that it's laughable.

So far his "crime" has been that he doesn't know everything going on in every office at city hall and every office of every consultant and contractor the city employs.

But the MOST laughable thing (and this IS funny, CP, it that ADV-lovers want to replace him for this allllllleged "crime" with a guy who can't tell you what the few dozen people that report to him are doing now, today (or on any recent work day).

That's the clinical definition of brain dead. Replace someone you claim is in over his head handling thousands of employees, with one who IS over his head with a few dozen. . .

Try writing THAT thesis to get your MBA in the "real world," silly hacks!

April 12, 2005 10:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:41, you mean:

talk, talk, talk, talk (no action, no proof, no real connections....)

April 12, 2005 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did I (or did you) miss a link here. Where's the backup to your ALL CAPS CLAIM (hitting caps-lock that don't make it a "fact" by the way) that the application was filled out wrong?

The fact that L.A. doesn't end up on the short list for these ventures couldn't POSSIBLE have anything to do with lousy public schools, a 50 per cent functionally illiterate population, RISING HOMICIDE RATES < 5 miles from the convention center (in CD14), and a housing shortage.

Nah, it obviously ALL has to do with one man, Jimmy H., messing up some procedure. If only all of life was as simple and the dotted lines you try to connect when there's NO dots there to begin with.

(BTW, CP, Caltech is about as far away from LOS ANGELES (in Pasadena -- further if you figure in gridlock), as Emeryville is from BERKELEY).

If you dotta "spin" so furiously to try to plant some blame on Hahn, at least check your mapbook first. And PLEASE, say how you KNOW the application was filled out wrong. If the information comes from the same "in the know" sources that have been telling us daily "high level indictments... tommorrow" and "Hertzberg's gonna endorse ADV... tomorrow" then we can all enjoy the late April Fools joke together, right?

April 12, 2005 10:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa has given his reason for his children attending a private school v.s. LAUSD. Well, I think he is lying about it being just for religious reasons. If the private school was underperforming would he still send his kids there for religious reasons? I don't think so! I know the Villaraigosa campaign staffers blog and read on this site...why are mexican government officials at the East LA Headquarters?

April 12, 2005 10:19 AM  

Anonymous meat said:

FROM MEAT:

Here's how campaigns work, folks.

Perception.

In 2001 Jim Hahn had voters "perceive" you can't trust Antonio Villaraigosa, good for jim, he won.

In 2004, Antonio is either proving or showing the perception that JIm Hahn is corrupt.

The funny thing that everyone misses is this, do the endorsements really bring votes into Antonio's column - maybe.

Do these endorsements put a wall of trust around Antonio - YES.

So Hahn now has to show that Antonio and everyone that he is associated with you can't trust either. Which is why Jim Hahn attacked the Democratic Party and Barbara Boxer in mailers four years ago , he had to tarnish them so the wall of trust Antonio was trying ot put around him 4 years ago was weaker.

The whole "can't trust" theme is virtually dead, jim should come up with a new one, because he can't win with the trust issue.

However, the corruption thread, pure gold, there is no wall of "anti-corruption" around Jim Hahn, in fact his commissioners constantly getting in trouble undermine his mayoral bid every time.

it's wonderful to observe, and when jim hahn spends the money he has for 3 days worth of ads on TV - it will be enjoyable through and through.

blog away

April 12, 2005 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Make up your tiny minds ADV-lovers. . . if Magic was the FINAL nail in Hahn's coffin, then how many more times are you gonna keep saying OHHH, this is ANOTHER nail in the coffin. (A bit brain dead with the illustrative prose, ain't we?)

Afraid he's not DEAD yet, that the last sucker that counted him out (ADV, in 2001), is gonna find himself next month re-enacting one of those cheesy slasher-sequels where the big bad monster never dies... it's "Tuesday, the 17th: HAHN STRIKES BACK" (original working title was: "Don't go into the Mayor's race, Tony").

(We can hear your knees knocking together from the Valley, Tony Toadies).

April 12, 2005 10:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Like I said, Villaraigosa a Liar, Hahn in trouble...City of L.A./Valley are shorted out of qualified candidates...and Republican party should work on getting local officials elected, instead of listening to the ADV circus...By the way, someone brought this to my attention today...Does anyone know if Hector Carreon from "La Voz de Aztlan" racist site consulting with the Villariagosa camp. I'm not saying it is so, I just want someone in the "know" to spill the beans, if they have the guts to.

April 12, 2005 10:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just LOVE it when 29-year-old, wet behind the ears, 100 percent wrong 81 percent of the time MEAT blogs in with that professorial tone, and starts by saying "HERE'S HOW (anything) in city politics works" -- like he's voted, let alone been conscious for more than 1 or 2 mayor's race's. Like his spent summer vacation from elementary school working as a political consultant helping Bradley win, like his nearly aborted fetal tissue made it possible for the real Yorty to pick up the Valley.

I start giggling even before I get to his main point...

HA!

April 12, 2005 10:29 AM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

Regarding Cal-Tech you are correct. I am wrong.

As for why Los Angeles is not on the short list, the very first media account that pops up, i'll post.

The news I have given folks on this blog is an exclusive. So until it is backed 100% by the media, you can assume it's speculation.

But this is a blog, not a newspaper. I along with you can post whatever we feel like saying, but i try to post items folks can read press accounts of, i can tell you with great certainty Los Angeles is not on the finalist lists.

The thought i've been having is i do recall Hahn firing a staffer for having her attend a political function in her car during the primary, will he fire whoever improperly filled out the RFP?

It's one thing to get beat on the merits of the proposal, no fault there, but to get beat because you forgot to sign your name, or put your address down is plain idiotic.

April 12, 2005 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MEAT says: "Do these endorsements put a wall of trust around Antonio - YES."

So, explain why most of city council is with Hahn, and most of the unions are with Hahn and most of the community leaders in ADV's OWN district are with Hahn, etc. etc. (How come the people who KNOW Antonio best are putting their "bricks" on Hahn's "Wall."

How come that ADV wall of "trust" starts and ends outside the city limits for the most part... how many current "Sacramento" pols on ADVs list compared to current "L.A." pols on Hahns?

It's simple to explain, MEAT-style. I LOVE Antonio - so his big endorsements matter. I HATE Hahn - so his don't.

There's your "proof" for ya!

April 12, 2005 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's accountability. Oh boy, we need a Republican candidate for the next election...

As I read your posting on Hahn firing a staff member...Well, would Villaraigosa fire someone for not doing their job? Who knows? All I know is that he has not fired people that are clearly on a racist aztlan agenda in his campaign office-ELA Headquarters...just attend one of those meetings he has on Saturday. Talk to the people, assimilate to his environment, and they will spill the beans! The true agenda comes out, just talk to his supporters...they say the truth, unlike Villaraigosa who tries to cover it up and make it look like a diversity campaign, instead it should be called the racist campaign.

April 12, 2005 10:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Geez, are you reaching CP or what (in the same paragraph you call your own unsubstantiated "exclusive" -- "NEWS," then "SPECULATION" -- which is it?)

Look it up, that ain't even close to being the same thing, even on a blog. If it "speculation" -- say so... say "I've heard it's because..." not what you stated, emphatically THE FILLED IT OUT WRONG!

So, how many "errors" (and "fake" apologies) are you gonna have to post here before Mayor Sam fires your uninformed ass for posting SPECULATION and calling it news.

There's plenty of REAL news out there the post about, you don't have to INVENT stuff.

How's the research on the INVISIBLE 80 NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES coming? (Or was it just "speculation" that you were actually going to look into it, OR did you ask about it and ADV's people told you "shhhhhh" they really ARE fake)?

April 12, 2005 10:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Visit a Villaraigosa campaign rally at ELA Headquarters. Ask questions, meet people and assimilate, ask them questions, you will then find out that his supporters are to the extreme left, so far left that some want to claim California as Alta California...Why does his staff support this racist agenda at this office? Who is in charge of the ELA Headquarters and who are the field coordinators planting the seeds of racism in our community? If the people feel you are on their side, they usually do open up and speak candidly of why they are there and what they want Villaraigosa to do. What promises has Villaraigosa made to the politicians south of the border? Are the promises that are a conflict of interest?

April 12, 2005 10:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So the "can't trust" theme is virtually dead, MEAT?

Why is it then, that the local media has made MORE mention of ADV's broken promise not to run for mayor SINCE the primary than they did before... it's about 3X the mentions just since early March.

Ouch. You may hate Hahn's people (May?) but they've won MANY more citywide elections than ADV ( = NONE), and they know what people will buy and what they won't buy.

Can't "trust" still sells... bet on it.

April 12, 2005 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The so called 80 neighborhood groups that Villaraigosa claims are planted with some of his socialistic propaganda field coordinators that run his campaign. Villaraigosa usually has a Saturday rally, nothing has been posted as of yet for this Saturday, but if you have time go and talk to the people, find out the truth, or just blog away at Villaraigosa's site: http://www.antonio2005.com/

Let's see if he will answer some questions that are on your mind as participants of the Mayoral race blogging community.

April 12, 2005 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CNN ran a vicious, ANTi-Villaraigosa scare-tactic ad twice on Sunday - free, for Hahn. It was called "Homicide in Hollenbeck" and they're re-running it this coming Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. Pacific time...

Hahn's couldn't buy that type of "negative" exposure for do-nothing ADV if he had all $8 million raised by attention deficient the past five years -- the "CD14 deserves better than all these murders" 2003 CM candidate.

April 12, 2005 10:51 AM  

Blogger Athena said:

THis just came down on the wire. Let the blames begin.


Bay Area Makes Short List For Stem Cell Center Consideration

POSTED: 10:27 am PDT April 12, 2005
UPDATED: 10:37 am PDT April 12, 2005

Today it was announced Tuesday that Emeryville, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco should be considered to host the headquarters of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

The institute will hand out $3 billion for stem cell research in the coming decade.

A total of 10 California cities put in bids offering free office space and other perks to lure the institute.

The public will have the opportunity on Wednesday morning to weigh in on the choices at an open meeting in San Francisco. A decision on the headquarters will be made next month.

April 12, 2005 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So Villaraigosa was endorsed by Magic Johnson for his energy. Interesting...If only Villaraigosa could have saved some of that energy to finish up his term as he promised to CD14. He has stated many times that some CD14 supporters asked him to run. So what did he say to all fo the supporters that asked him not to run? Go to ... He uses passionate wording in his speaches and debates, but he is not the candidate that can create harmony in this city. His true political agenday will be apparent if he wins, because something better will always come along and promises will be broken. If he wins, be ready to be deceived by ADV...Villaraigosa = Plagiarism, now this is another can of worms he does not want public.

April 12, 2005 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Laughing in Encino said:

Maybe if you Hahn staffers on this would spend more time doing your job instead of countering pro-AV news, things would get done right.

But hey, I know what the Hahn talking points say,

Antonio fools around.

Antonio doesn't do anything about crime in CD-14. (I thought that was the police's job)

Antonio Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.

Hey, keep up the good work guys and gals. Maybe you will all room together. IN jAIL!

April 12, 2005 11:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When you find out what Villaraigosa and his staff are really about, you will no longer be laughing in Encino, more like crying in Encino.

April 12, 2005 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey poster Antonio is the one who said he would implement this 10-point plan on public safety when he came in in 2003. Thanks to Hahn a lot of it has been done not thanks to AV.
Look at his 10 point plan when he took office. He hasn't completed not one of them.
Antonio Villaraigosa's ten-point plan to reduce violence
1. Interagency cooperation.
2. Expand police presence in parks.
3. Work with schools.
4. Early intervention.
5. Target graffiti.
6. Hire more police officers.
7. Expand real community-based policing.
8. Protect witnesses.
9. Train officers to prevent conflict.
10. Tougher gun laws.

April 12, 2005 11:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRA...Word is Antonio promised Parks the presidency in city council since Gameboy Padilla is up. That means he's promised to have a corrupt ex-chief run city council and get rid of 3-12 LAPD work schedule. MASS EXODUS OF LAPD EXPECTED IF ANTONIO WINS. OFFICERS READY TO LEAVE IN DROVES AS THEY DID WITH PARKS

April 12, 2005 11:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do you have money, but big money? Villaraigosa will be there.
Do you have good ideas he can steal and take credit for them?
Villaraigosa will be there.
Do you have socialistic propaganda to promote to his constituents?
Villaraigosa will be there.
Are you a high profile politician and want a piece of the cake if he get's elected?
Well, Villaraigosa wants you.
Are you in his district CD14 and know the real Antonio Villaraigosa?
Well, he does not want you! Just stay quiet till the election is over and you can talk all you want...just not now.

April 12, 2005 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tell me fellow bloggers. How many endorsements did Antonio Villaraigosa BUY? If the parks assumption to a new post is true...Well, what did he promise Riordan, Johnson, and Waters? Business is business so there must have been some major mediation on who has access or kickbacks from positions, contracts, to possibly consulting positions. Riordan and Johnson are clearly businessman and they will try to get a piece of the pie no matter at what cost. Do they really want to implicate themselves with the disclosure of closed door promises by Villaraigosa?

April 12, 2005 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you have a free Saturday, go to the Villaraigosa Campaign Rallys in the East L.A. Headquarters. First find out if they are having one this weekend. Talk to the people, assimilate to the environment, do not make it obvious you are there to quesion their purpose, and find out the REAL TRUTH about Villaraigosas supporters and promises. How many promises did he make and to whom? Many of the supporters and staff have a racist "Alta California" mentality. I'm sure they read this blog, so the staff might act weirder than usual. Field coordinators might all of a sudden become Secret deputies to figure out who is really there to support them and who is there to find out their agenda...Freedom is what we have and I want the everyone to know the truth of the Villaraigosa agenda.

If you can't make it to the rally's try blogging on their site. It's pretty dead there..no action. What happened to their blog support group, did it disappear or were they just ADV staffers posing as constituents?

Blog Away at: http://www.antonio2005.com/blog/

April 12, 2005 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chiron and other important biomed companies are in Emeryville, so it's not a surprise that they would be on the short list.

We shouldn't forget that Antonio Villaraigosa was for several years co-chair of an effort to attract biotech companies to (east) Los Angeles. That effort was a total failure, too.

Score:
Hahn 0
Villaraigosa 0

April 12, 2005 11:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Reality Check for 4/12 - overhead on the "ether."

Conservation project constituent to ADV campaign consultant "OH, you work with the councilmember, maybe you can help, I've been trying for over 6 months to get some response to this important preservation project for the district from (Villaraigosa's) field staff. I've sent several letters and e-mails but never get a response."

ADV Consultant: "I'm sure EYE can get their attention, and I'm sorry if your haven't heard back from them but they've been VERY busy of course - and we know they've been helping a lot of people in the district."

(If ONLY the constituent had wanted to start a neigborhood watch... then MAYBE ADV's staff would know how to help?)

But Martin Ludlow, in L.A. Weekly has a different story as to why nothing moves in majority "progressive" City Council since 2003 -- "its only been two years, we're still learning out jobs."


YUP, those are the future "deputy mayors" running those ADV field offices, if ADV-lovers have their way... this could be your project anywhere in the city next year. Dial 3-1-1, ask for mayor's staff "I'm sorry, that number is no longer in SERVICE."

April 12, 2005 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Encino - send an e-mail to ADV and fill him in on this. . .

"Antonio doesn't do anything about crime in CD-14. (I thought that was the police's job)."

...because just two years ago, HE said high homicide rate was PACHECO's fault. (NOW it's even higher... NOW it's the "police's" job?) Two-faced Tony must be up to at least four faces by now, more to come.

So did ADV not know anything about the city and district THEN, when he made stupid promised and blamed others or does he not know NOW.

Maybe he doesn't know anything about being MAYOR now, making promises to "clean house" -- too. What will be his excuse 2-3-4 years from now.

OH, situations "changed" so I couldn't keep THIS promise either. I found out HAHN wasn't corrupt, I found out appointees and hires make stupid mistakes that I know nothing about.

Situations changed - but lying conmen like ADV never do.

April 12, 2005 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No calls the field office in CD 14th District, every one knows that Mayor started the best city constitute service that this city has ever had.The city could not do withou it now.

Hanh is not a show boat or it is abou me type of mayor, why he did not do more on this in terms of media is his style.Get the job done, it is not about "Charisma" and TV cameras. He gave the city a needed service.All of the city, it was done to help the valley.

311 is a service that the city of Los Angeles is very luck to have. Thank you Mayor Hahn.

311 way to go. you will never get an answer from the cd14th staff.

April 12, 2005 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's get the future headings all lined up to help the moderator...

More indictments coming (possibly)

More scandal brewing (maybe)

More endorsements seen (probably)

Hertzberg may endorse ADV (maybe not)

More blame will be passed along (definitely)

More unfounded innuendo proferred (count on it)

People who work for the mayor will make mistakes (good chance)

ADV's campaign will try to capitalize on human error (guaranteed)

ADV will raise more money (granted)

Villaraigosa will complete a project in his district (hardly)

April 12, 2005 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RE: Projects in CD14; Rec & Parks confirms there will be NO groundbreaking for dog parke in the district before the election (if ever).

Jimmy Blackman, like his boss ADV, lied to the constituents again (said "in next 30 days') in his e-mail blast intended to make it look like progress has been made on the few district improvement projects not already scuttled!

People dying in Hollenbeck - every week; projects dying in CD14 -- non-stop.

From the next batch of campaign money. ADV, pay back the city for the paychecks you stole for two years! (We can buy 6-8 cops with that, just for Hollenbeck).

April 12, 2005 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FREUDIAN SLIP? ("former California Secretary of Education Richard J. Riordan")

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa

Businessman and Former Lakers Star Says Antonio Can Move L.A. Forward

April 11, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Nathan James
(213) 687-7777

SHERMAN OAKS -- Earvin “Magic” Johnson endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Mayor today.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star and Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises was joined by former California Secretary of Education Richard J. Riordan at a press conference in Sherman Oaks at the Magic Johnson 24 Hour Fitness sports club.

April 12, 2005 12:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio can move L.A. forward to it's socialistic agenda...along with the full support of his socialistic agenda staff...

April 12, 2005 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's give MEAT the benefit of the doubt even though he's been wrong 81 percent of the time -- and say the "can't trust" Villaraigosa theme is now "dead" in the voters' minds.

How about the "can't get anything done" theme -- that's still holding up pretty (no significant projects completed in Antonio's district in two years; no policy or legislative matters flowing from his 24 months in office since 2003). "Your City Council (not) at work" LA Weekly.

I'm happy to switch to that theme, in a heartbeat. Since most people assume (as Tony lovers keep saying) that ALL politicians lie. Will they pick one who lies AND can't get anything done, nothing, in two years? (Give him twice as long, as mayor, and how much will be get done - despite having SO much energy? ANSWER: What's twice nothing?).

April 12, 2005 1:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So Valley voters read in the DN today:

1) Magic Johnson endorsed Villaraigosa, and;

2) Crime in the Valley is down 35% from a year ago, continuing a trend since Hahn replaced Parks (another ADV supporter).

In the Valley, the score today is:

Hahn - 1
ADV - 0

April 12, 2005 1:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Issues: Public Safety Hahn got rid of a useless chief in Parks.

Issue: Antonio has done absolutely nothing about public safety and has made promises with the devil, Parks.

April 12, 2005 2:13 PM  

Blogger Athena said:

LA Business Journal just put up an article with the bad news about the stem cell hdqts. The article says:

1) LA didn't start on a bid proposal until about a month before the deadline - other cities had started months earlier

2)LA failed to meet the explicit requirments for the proposal (that the space be located on one or two floors and that the city post a letter confirming that the offer was irrevocable for 75 days from the due date of the proposal)

So L.A. gets eliminated in the first round for failure to take the proposal seriously.


http://www.labusinessjournal.com/article.asp?aID=47299049.6181278.1128894.4145797.829362.610&aID2=86829

April 12, 2005 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ya gotta admire the determination of the CD 14 Vatos.

They can't spell worth shit, nor can they keep their minds on a thread from a blog, but they can morph an article detailing a total failure by the Mayor's Office to properly compete for tons of high paying jobs for the community and a blog about corruption in the Mayor's Office regarding billing for PR services to the Mayor being overcharged and paid for by LADWP into a senseless rant about Antonio and Bernie Parks.

They blame Antonio for drive-by shootings and dog parks and museums, and give no thought to the fact that the City of Los Angeles is the economic engine (or ought to be) that should be generating the money to fix these issues.

Maybe you guys could stop and give it some thought. If there were jobs and things were being built instead of running down, wouldn't life be better?

Don't you feel that the Mayor has any responsibility at all to control frivolous spending, fraud, (Fleishman-Hillard) or make proper applications for economic projects?

Is it any wonder that CD 14 is in a tizzy?

These guys are just one issue airheads.

April 12, 2005 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

By the way, "someone" says that indictments are coming down soon was not a blogger.

That statement was by the District Attorney in charge of handling the Mayor's Office Investigation.

It was made in open court, in Federal Court, yesterday.

I don't expect you folks to know what a Superceding Indictment is, but it is a document that will replace the original indictment and add defendants.

What Adam said was that at least one, or more, defendants will soon be added to the existing case and be prosecuted.

This is a whole lot more than a rumor or a threat.

So, Tick,Tick,Tick.

Doug Dowie, wait for the knock on the door...it's coming, Dude.

April 12, 2005 3:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With these two candidates: Villaraigosa & Hahn the city has been short changed from qualified and honest candidates. The democratic party here is a circus. We need a Republican candidate next time, then it will be worth voting. For now, it's not worth voting for bad to worse.

April 12, 2005 3:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

City council members are responsible for their district. . CD14 constituents have a CM that has been an absent. Antonio is out of town again for 3 days. You say they're frivolous. Homicides up as much as 15 and we're just in April is nothing to take lightly. I'm sure if the people who criticze CD14 constituents had a CM that was as horrible as Antonio they would complain as well. If Antonio can't even take care of his own district he won't take care of this city. You Antonio lovers just don't get it. Gotta love Hahn for bringing out that Congressional investigation report with Antonio named in it. Why don't you post it Chief Parker? If they find out Antonio called the state prosecutors to help that drug lord Vignali and also took money that would be obstruction of justice.

April 12, 2005 4:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

could you plaese expound on that congressional investigation and let us all now where the news came from and how we can all get it.

April 12, 2005 4:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AVOICE.ORG....The Angelino boils it down to the open question of whether a Black voter will vote Latino - an overly simplistic equation that nonetheless carries plenty of weight.

From the blacks I hear whether or not Magic, Maxine, Bitter Bernie etc. they will not vote for a Mexican candidate.

April 12, 2005 4:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We need better candidates! Why does L.A./Valley have to settle for Villaraigosa/Hahn? We need CREDIBLE candidates. Not a candidate that buys his endorsements or has rallys that include Mexican government officials that are meddling in local politics.

April 12, 2005 4:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Children:

Vignali is old news; four years and running. If we castigate Antonio, we need to do the same with Roger Cardinal Mahoney, who may be getting elected Pope right now, as he wrote a similar letter. Jimmy's tried, but no one will print this old crap.

To the Republican Adult:

I quite agree, but we are in the minority here and we need to learn to live with it, just like the Democrats need to learn to live in the minority in America, especially in congress.

You see, the Southern "Democrats" who helped the Democratic Party control Congress for over fifty years were just a myth. They were always Republicans in their hearts (and many of their votes)and called themselves "Blue Dog" Democrats.

The Republican Party operated in the minority almost the entire time, until Newt Gingrich got the gumption to have the Blue Dogs come out of their particular closets in '92.

That is why the old "Solid South" is now the new "Solid South". And that is why the Democratic Party will be the permanent minority in America for a very long time to come.

But we do live in a state that is different, just like New York, New Jersey, Flori-duh and Illinois, our large cities control the vote.

So, unless Arnold wants to be Mayor of LA, or some similar individual decides to throw his or her hat in the ring, we are doomed to have Democrats, and it is our duty to pick the least destructive one.

For me, this is easy, because I have seen four years of unfriendly business climate, and we cannot help anyone if we do not create wealth.

Antonio knows this, and did this in Sacramento, and he will do it here.

These CD 14 guys are bitter because their pet Pacheco was sent packing; now they don't get the dole they are used to receiving.

It is time for a change, and there is but one alternative now, so it is Antonio for Mayor.

If he doesn't make the changes, we have another shot in four more years, but Jimmy's had his chance and didn't do what was needed. His adminsitration is poorly run and full of corruption.

The two indictments are but the tip of the iceberg, but they are enough to validate the stench beneath the surface.

The people wil never re-elect him in this climate, and five weeks isn't enough time for him to change the momentum, and he can't raise enough money anyway.

The rats will soon be leaving the ship...employment applications and resumes are leaking from the Mayor's office as we blog.

April 12, 2005 4:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa & Hahn, yes we have mediocre choices to choose from. Although, the argument that Villaraigosa will bring a healthy business climate can also be said for Hahn. Either candidate is a fog over the City of Los Angeles & Valley.

April 12, 2005 4:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Linda Breakstone on Channel 2 KCBS did the story on the Congressional report. It was great! I'm sure it will air again this evening. It looked like other news outlets were also there. It outlined the whole investigation on the Vignali letter that Antonio wrote and their findings. Of course Antonio has said he did nothing wrong. This reports thinks differently

April 12, 2005 4:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

•Antonio Villaraigosa is the former Chairman of the UCLA Chapter of MEChA, an anti-American and anti-Israel separatist group vowing to liberate Aztlan (the U.S. Southwest), who refer to themselves as La Raza (The Race).
•Antonio Villaraigosa refuses to repudiate MEChA
•Antonio Villaraigosa never passed the bar exam despite four tries.
•Antonio Villaraigosa refuses to cooperate with the federal government to deport illegal alien gang members
Antonio Villaraigosa wants amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens.
•Antonio Villaraigosa cares little about the children's welfare as long as he can keep his constituents happy by allowing school children to buy un-inspected food from unlicensed vendors who sell food prepared in filthy conditions

April 12, 2005 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is and should the mayor be responsible for things running well at City Hall and in a city of nearly 4 million residents? Absolutely.

Has Hahn done an exemplary job on avery front? Probably not.

Can Antonio Villaraigosa, who has failed in two years to complete a single policy or legislative initiative or make any significant movement on any partially completed improvement project in one small part of the city -- a district of less than 300,000 people, do a better job than Hahn? Absolutely not.

He has already been in over his head for two years. He is mismatched by the problems of 1/15th of the city.

It is absolutely insane to believe his performance will improve given more authority and responsibility, when this (his district) is already the largest and most complicated staffing and project responsibility he has ever held.

Pure insanity...

April 12, 2005 5:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The city may have to learn the hard way.The way that people who voted for him did. Over his head is an understatment.Jimmy,the invisable
Blackman as mayors staffer.Problems.

April 12, 2005 11:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, "Mr. Pure Insanity":

You think that CD 14 is the largest and most complicated job Antonio has ever held?

Where have you been?

The job of Speaker of the Assembly is the second most powerful in the State of California. Maybe you didn't hear, but Antonio was the Speaker, and he did a great job there of bringing back civility to a house that was so contentious that some members would not speak to others, sometimes in the same political party.

He did it with style and with good management, and he made hundreds, if not thousands of appointments to critical committees and commissions.

Last time I looked, CD 14 was still in the State of California. Antonio represented it then, and the people knew him then as they do now.

You expect us to believe your pitch on this blog, when 85% of the voters in CD 14 support him?

Sorry, what I believe is that you guys are just a couple of wounded lovers who got left behind and are trying for revenge. Well, you won't find it here, or in this election.

Your candidate, Jimmy Hahn is on life support. He is so far behind in the polls that no one with any sense will support him financialy, his endorsements are fading away and donors are not taking or returning his calls, and he is without the funding to even run an effective campaign.

So there is no money, no time to raise it or turn things around and no hope for little Jimmy Hahn in this election.

What you guys can hope for is that he'll leave his little white flight home in San Pedro and come live in CD 14 so he can run for Council.

Then YOU can have all his vast managerial skills working for you.

Then, you'll be missing the "good old days of Antonio Villaraigosa".

April 13, 2005 6:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio may be sitting pretty FOR NOW. Remember in 2001 these figures were almost as high and that was before all Antonio's crap came out. While guest what? It's time voters knew his record as CM and his association with MECHA, his assembly record supporting gangs, and child abusers. Yup, I hear the media is calling around getting stories and those frivilous CD14 constituents are only too happy to help out. They are going to be Antonio's worst nightmare.

April 13, 2005 7:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I work and live in the CD 14 and as a community worker, not everyone knew or knows Villaraigosa. This is a myth that is put out by the Villaraigosa staff. The fantasy that everyone knows Villaraigosa is questionable because I deal with community residents daily. I ask if they will vote and majority have NEVER seen Villaraigosa in the neighborhood. Just out of curiosity, I ask if they know there are neighborhood councils he has implemented, they ask where these places are because they do not know of them. These are residents of CD 14 who are not your stereotype which Villaraigosa staff likes to label. These are a diverse group of residents from economic to ethnic diversity. The neighborhood council meetings are implanted with anarchists that support Villaraigosa, just go to one of them. You will have some that refuse to pledge the allegiance, denounce America, and others that hold positions that are illegal in this country. These are the neighborhood councils Villaraigosa "claims" to have implemented, the councils consist of his staff (social propaganda) and people is his circle. Go and question their proposals, make a an opinion, and disagree in the meeting. You will be ousted faster than you can say, "Villaraigosa is a.....liar."

April 13, 2005 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"when 85% of the voters in CD 14 support him?"

Another Antonio big lie -- where the HELL did that number come from, someone's ass?

April 13, 2005 10:48 AM  

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