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Saturday, May 14, 2005

The Girls are Swooning over...

Nathan James and Jeff Millman.

In today's LA Times both these gentlemen are given great bios regarding them. If you have a hard copy of the LA Times - the front photo of the Calendar section has a huge photo of Nathan James - the wind flowing through his hair -- the chiseled features of Jeff on the next page.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

What the hell does "operational" mean? Who is this guy Mike Trujillo - does anyone know him?

May 14, 2005 11:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


May 14, 2005 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What positions are these two running for... do people vote based on their staff?

If that was the case, Pacheco would still be CM in CD14, not ADV.

Looks like the media, and maybe even the candidates themselves are all suffering from premature electoration... nothing of any consequence left to say in the last 72+ hours.

May 14, 2005 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not that there's ANYTHING wrong with that, right 11:31 a.m. (Unless you're a hypocritical ACLU-loving, ADV groupie trying to out some Hahn people in front of their more conservative supporters).

May 14, 2005 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am cancelling my L.A. Times subscription. I had given them many chances to be an unbiased paper, but I will not tolerate the agenda of this paper.

May 14, 2005 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The side view of James in yesterday's made him look link some wimpy geek from Caltech.

Maybe they airbrushed this time?

May 14, 2005 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nathan James looks dorky...what happened to diversity, why are Antonio's consultants socialist, white, hippies.

May 14, 2005 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Too bad ADV couldn't find a qualifie flack to work his lies up from right here in the LARGEST city in the West - had to get someone from OAKLAND.

JUST like his Sacramento-imported field office staff - for a guy who "loves L.A." ADV sure hires a lot of people from other cities for key positions.

Can't find qualified people among the 4 million in L.A., city-lover Tony? Got to run to leftist cities one-quarter the size of this one to find people rabid enough (and who dont' KNOW you well enough), to carry your dirty water.

MAYBE the stem cell people were taking a page from YOUR book... look North for a more "quality" workforce.

If it's good enough for ADV's field office's it's good enough for the Stem Cellers.


May 14, 2005 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ADV hires 60's leftover hippies and their progeny because:

a) they've fried their minds on LSD so much they can actually BELIEVE his lies;

b) compared to them, the Mecha-Boy, ACLU-loving ADV looks more moderate;

c) they know where to get "stuff" (wink, wink).

Hernandez' and Alatorre's source have dried up.

May 14, 2005 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ace Smith a socialist? He is a direct descendent of Adam Smith and actually is kind of a right wing pig. And he too white to be white.

May 14, 2005 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Smith is propping up a socialist, big time.

Same diff. Enabling counts for 100 per cent.

May 14, 2005 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If anyone's swooning over ADV's spokespeople, it's from the stench of their campaign.

May 14, 2005 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glad the Times at least had the sense to waste this drivel on the Saturday paper -- the least read day of the week.

(If it wasn't for car and real estate ads, they probably would have cancelled Sat. editions years ago).

copies of the papers on Sat. are often found sitting on top of the newsracks -- people pull out the ad sections and dump the rest on the top.

If it's "important" they figure, it will be in the Sunday edition, with more updated info.

May 14, 2005 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hurray for Sarno and that other lady at the cleanup, the accomplished more people to get pissed off at AV!

May 14, 2005 12:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Baca is a Vignali sympathizer, so there you have it. It is the same little club, AV-Baca-Molina-Bexerra...

May 14, 2005 12:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chief Parker Antonio must have sent you an e-mail pressuring you to post this story. Intersting you failed to post the following...

The letter emerged less than two weeks after Villaraigosa returned $47,000 in donations from employees of two Florida companies and their relatives.

On Sept. 27, 2004, Villaraigosa had dinner with Sean Anderson, the president of Travel Traders, one of the Florida companies, and Art M. Gastelum, a lobbyist who represents Los Angeles International Airport concessionaires. Villaraigosa said they did not talk about the airport.

The day after Anderson dined with Villaraigosa, employees of S.E. Florida Investments, which is affiliated with Anderson's firm, contributed $10,000 to Villaraigosa. Their relatives gave $3,000.

Villaraigosa collected an additional $34,000 for his mayoral campaign from employees of Travel Traders and S.E. Florida Investments and their relatives.

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley opened a preliminary inquiry April 29 into whether the $47,000 had been laundered.

May 14, 2005 12:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard that tape (damaging ADV conversations) from the volunteer kid is going to be made public on May 16th, the day before the election.

May 14, 2005 12:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is on that tape? Brng it out now. The way Tony is looking like on TV, he can't possibly defend himself, why give hime only one day to trample over his tongue again.

May 14, 2005 1:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The REAL LAPD endorsed HAHN. The reporters now know that Antonio has FAKE cops in his tv ad. Can hardly wait til they ask him? BACA everyone knows doesn't matter cause he's in the county. Both he and Antonio wrote those drug dealer letters. Yup, these are the guys sending out a good moral message. Support drug dealers and they'll give you money.

The blacks now know that Antonio got the white drug kingpin off and left 30 blacks still doing time in jail. Why hasn't the LA Times written that? BOYCOTT TIMES BOYCOTT TIMES BOYCOTT TIMES

May 14, 2005 1:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I still want to know who made up the word "operational?" What does it mean?

May 14, 2005 1:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If a politician is having an affair with a staffer, it should be of interest. The politicians entire career is public, ethically we hold him/her to higher standards since they show by example, otherwise they should not be politicians. Some of individuals cannot cut it in this field of work, as you have for example Villaraigosa. I want to know if he is having an affair, then, do I trust him? No.

May 14, 2005 1:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Vignali's supporters provided letters of support that were
false and misleading.

A key element of the campaign by Carlos Vignali and
his father Horacio, was a series of letters on Carlos' behalf
from prominent Los Angeles politicians. A number of these
letters contained misleading statements calculated to create
the impression that Carlos Vignali was innocent. The officials
who submitted letters included Representative Xavier Becerra,
Representative Esteban Torres, State Assembly Speaker Robert
Hertzberg, State Assembly Member Antonio Villaraigosa, State
Senator Richard Polanco, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria
Molina, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Hernandez, and
Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca provided critical support
for the Vignali commutation that was inappropriate, given his

May 14, 2005 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's the stuff on Southwest

Alvin Parra is known to launder money and buy up property under his siblings names. He has property up in San Bernardino with taxpayers dollars under a sister's name

It's 501(c)3 previous poster and the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project under Antonio Gonzalez has nevr acted as a non-profit. Gonzlaez uses this project as his personal pigy bank. The main benefactor of SWVREP is Gloria Molina who has sifted hundreds of thousands from her personal "discretionary" fund to SWVREP. And guess why, because Gonzalez is married to Alma Martinez, Gloria's chief of staff. Gonzalez had first dibs on Alma aftr Tony got through with her, just like Miguel and Maria Elena Durazo. This is why Gonzalez is referred to as THE WHORE by CSUN professor, Dr. Rudy Acuna, the father of Chicano Studies.

SWVREP has tried carnivals, bounties, and expensive billboards, all to no avail. $125,000 to get 12,500 registered voters - $10 per regitration, and 90% of these were probably just change of address - pathetic. If such a project were successful, the number would be up in the hundreds of thousands - 550,000 elligible Latinos will still stay home May 17th.

It is surely unethical given the fact that Gloria Molina's "discretionary fund" which she gets $1,000,000 every year that she can do a she pleases - Gloria has been an ineffective Supervisor for 15 years now, do the math - this is taxpayer dollars. But SWVREP will probably get away with it, just as they did for Tony in 2001 and 2003 - because technically they are supposed to be non-partisan. Although we all know that partisan can mean any given side in a campaign, SWVREP interprets this part of the law as a reference to partisan politics - you know, Republican/Democrats/Green. Since the last three Tony opponents have been Democrats - Hahn 2001, Pacheco 2003, Hahn 2005 and they have all been in non-partisan races, as the L.A. elections are conducted - they think they'll get away with it.

BTW, to launch a District Attorney investigation all that is needed is a written complaint detailing suspected illicit activities -it can even be anonymous! This comes directly from the "how to stymie political opposition" room at Gloria Molina's Office at the Kenneth Hahn County Administration Building. The current caretaker of this room is non other than Gerry Hertzberg, Huggy Bear's special little brother.

May 14, 2005 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You fellas have no taste or idea what a girl wants. The best looking guy was Bob Hertzberg's man - Robert Urteaga.

May 14, 2005 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AV helped get Vignali out of jail*****************************

Mr. Vignali went to jail because he was involved in distributing 800 pounds of cocaine. His lawyer said, no, it wasn't that bad, just a thousand kilos of cocaine.

Do you have any idea of how much damage 1,000 kilos of cocaine can do? Well, 800 pounds of cocaine could effectively provide one rock of crack for every kid in Los Angeles. It's 1,000 kilos less, but still, a substantial amount of cocaine.

There are black co-defendants who are still in jail and will be for a long time. But Carlos Vignali is now out. He is a white man. KING: Because he had influence...

May 14, 2005 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What really threw Mrs. Clinton off stride last week was her brother's decision to accept $400,000 to lobby for two controversial clemency petitions: those of Carlos Vignali, a Los Angeles drug dealer, and A. Glenn Braswell, a Florida marketer of dubious health treatments. Rodham, who often spent the night at the White House, insisted last week that he purposely never spoke to his sister or his brother-in-law about his clients.

What he did do for them is unclear, especially in the case of Braswell, convicted of mail fraud, perjury and tax evasion in connection with questionable marketing of his health-care products. Rodham was brought into the case sometime in Clinton's final two weeks as President and was paid $200,000 as a "success fee" when Braswell's pardon came through.

Hugh's work for Vignali was of longer duration, beginning when the drug dealer's father Horacio asked Rodham to work on the clemency application. Rodham, a former public defender in Florida, was reluctant at first, but finally agreed. The elder Vignali, a wealthy Los Angeles businessman, had some sense of politics. He contributed generously to politicians in both parties, beginning in earnest in 1994 shortly before his son was to stand trial on conspiracy and cocaine-distribution charges. Prosecutors said the son deserved no quarter and expressed no remorse. Carlos was a key financier of a drug ring that transported about 800 lbs. of cocaine from L.A. to Minnesota in the early 1990s, and he came across as a blustery bully in tapes of wiretaps. He was sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

May 14, 2005 1:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Robert Urteaga that good looking?

May 14, 2005 1:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A. Daily News on-line poll results from Friday, May 13th:

Would you like to see Mayor James Hahn re-elected?
Yes - 63%
No - 37%

May 14, 2005 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Robert U. is a pretty nice looking guy (but I'm a straight male, what do I know), but he has another thing going for/against him -- depending on your POV. He has those nasty things called scruples. He wouldn't do dirty deeds for a conman like ADV if it was the last job on earth.

He got yelled out by one of the psycho ADV-loving bitches who was a former Pacheco supporter, for "whoring" herself out to the new "pimp" daddy in CD14 to do his cold calling so he could jump ship after less than two years.

Robert can't last in politics, though -- too honest and sincere. Thinks it's about "helping" people and providing good constituent service.

What a boy scout -- ADV's flunkies will eat him alive, and pretend he deserved it.

May 14, 2005 2:34 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

I'm usually the last person who wants to bring someone's looks into play in these situations (since at least once a week, villagers with torches and pitchforks chase me home at night), but I think this is a clear-cut example that Sister City has lost it's creative edge - at least.

I would have sworn this was a perfect opportunity for Mayor Sam, etc., to do one of those "separated at birth" items like in the good-old-days, before they went over to the dark side.

I just glimpsed the Times photo, but with a little bit of facial hair added, I would have sworn Nathan James was "separated" from Tony Shalhoub's alien character out of the "Men in Black" movies. The only question is, whether James' head grows back when Attention-Deficit Villaraigosa takes it off in one of his legendary fits of rage?

May 14, 2005 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Breaking News!!!!!
ADV broke up with Jenni (the one with the fast mouth and hands)

ADV wants to look good for Tuesday, no surprises I suppose.

May 14, 2005 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good looking and scruples. Robert Urteaga is the perfect man, then.

May 14, 2005 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can they DO plastic surgery on his aging, sagging puss by then?

Someone out there, even in Spanish-language media, must not want him to look good, however. One of the TV stations replayed his La Opinion-sponsored debate and, again, he was off base, angry, and distracted.

This is one his people should have saved him from - and from himself, since there was really no reason for this forum -- any and all of their other debates could have been translated into Spanish just as easily.

Spanish speakers must be looking at these two guys and thinking, "what kind of Latino is this guy -- he has to be translated just like the gringo mayor." What's the difference? Just his last name??

May 14, 2005 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Urteaga was Hertzberg's Eastside captain for awhile - now he's supposedly rallying Latino's for Hahn there and in the Valley.

Getting Hertzberg's endorsement really hasn't paid much for ADV has it? He's losing ground in the Valley, and most of Bob H's Eastside supporters were already Anti-ADV, based on his CM (non) performance there.

May 14, 2005 3:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Robert U is a very good man. He respects others even though they may be on the opposing side. He has the manners of a saint and respects women. He was extremely disappointed when Huggy endorsed ADV. He truly cares about senior citizens and constituents. Without a doubt he has been one of the best field staffers CD14 had under Pacheco. Robert would either call or be at your door knocking to help you out. He would always follow up to make sure your problem was solved and if not wanted to know why and then follow up again. Wish CD14 had many more of his kind.

May 14, 2005 3:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't believe how many times Antonio has acted like a crybaby. Grow up and be a man for once. He filed with ethic commission because of phone scripts Hahn phoners were using. PLEASE as if his phoners were super nice. Can you imagine if HAHN nailed Antonio for every LIE he's been saying? How about those FAKE cops in his tv ad, that Blair Witch tv ad misleading the voters about the school board. Antonio just showed voters how he flip flops because just weeks ago he said the mayor had no power over schools.

Intersting post on laobserved.
Councilman Tony Cardenas becomes (probably) the last one in to the Villaraigosa pool, endorsing him yesterday in the Valley. Everyone I talked to assumes a deal was cut and that Cardenas still had to swallow his pride, since they had a feud going back to the Sacramento days

May 14, 2005 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The best thing about Robert Urteaga is not his looks, but his balls. He had the balls to stand up against Pacheco's first chief of staff - Adriana Rubalcava, who is probably the reason Pacheco didn't get re-elected. There are enough YES men out there in politics which is the reason we end up with morons like Tony running for high office, Robert is definitely a throwback to the Roybal days of community organizing.

May 14, 2005 7:27 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

Good to have the subject of Nathan James (and "balls" -- another word for "guts," "courage," "having a spine," etc.) to come up in the same thread, because apparently James was away from his post today (signing autographs on Times copies?), and that led to Attention-Deficit Villaraigosa exposing yet another serious deficiency to local media -- now TV viewers know he has no SPINE, either.

Once again local media made a first-rate case that ADV® is afraid of them and of his own record. No, this wasn't the right-leaning, knuckle-dragging, less-than 2 percent of the audience, lost-cause audience of talk radio that his most ardent supporters have been saying he has every right to avoid.

This was LOCAL TV news media. One of the network affiliates, just like when he accepted Hertzberg's endorsement -- only this time James wasn't handy to wisk ADV® away and he had to lie (SAY it ain't so), and say he "had to use the restroom." But then, as Linda Breakstone reported in a lengthy Channel 2 news report - HE SNUCK OUT THE BACK DOOR, instead.

This is the same TV media where he's been paying (well. . . his loyal supporters have been paying) MILLIONS to reach out with the message that HAHN has been running away from (not even his own) responsibilities with LAUSD.

This is ALSO the same TV media where they've paid millions to portray Hahn as invisible and MIA on REAL mayoral duties -- and there was Hahn, standing up in front of a sea of local TV news cameras answering tough questions while ADV® fumbled for his zipper in the WC. (Oh, but he did have Ace Smith talk for him about something completely unrelated).

Breakstone was doing HER job (try THAT in CD14, ADV®), and probing into why the explanations for ADV®'s now infamous lone vote against the child-killer law keep changing, and (as the L.A. Times proved today), don't hold water anyway. Channel 2 also had law professors on debunking his campaign's definition of what the "other" law would have done -- the one he "supported" instead -- that died before ever being enacted.

But ADV®'s answers weren't the only things not "holding water," because spineless Tony V. had to use the toilet, FAST (and run away even faster).

Maybe there are different definitions of being "proud" depending on one's political "bent" (a good word for someone without a spine) -- because ADV® keeps saying:

"I'm proud of my record of accomplishments in my district," - but mentions these non-existent deeds less and less.

"I'm proud of my support of public education," - but he wouldn't "risk" sending his own offspring there.

"I'm proud of my record in the state assembly," but each day he's less and less willing to discuss what he did there, to the point of sneaking away from reporters who ask (and not even that skillfully).

I hope at least when he went to the "gents" that he "rolled up his sleeves" -- because I imagine standing at the urinal could get very "messy," when you have NO SPINE!

I'm sure at this point the ADV®-lovers will "rant" back and say "he's going to win, get used to it." I still think they're wrong (Hahn, 52; ADV®, 48), but for the sake of argument, if they're NOT -- just how "proud" will they be that he won by lying, breaking promises, lying, hiding, lying, and running away?

(Did I mention - lying?)

I'd always assumed that being a do-nothing CM for two years would end up being the ADV® Achilles heel, but looks like I was wrong -- it may indeed be fear and cowardice.

From Mayor "Poopy". . . to "MARE" SCARED-SHITLESS" (you should pardon my French). What a glorious day that would be!

May 14, 2005 7:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Like the LA Times, you miss the point.

They put this fluff on the front and relegate to the rear of the paper the important information about the finances of the campaign as a yardstick of the support.

See Ken Reich's Blog post, below:

Los Angeles Times Falling Down In Its Coverage, Editorializing Of Mayoral Campaign

The Los Angeles Times, the newspaper owned by outsiders who do not have the city's interests at heart, is falling down badly in both its coverage and its editorializing of the campaign for Mayor between City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa and the inept incumbent, Mayor James Hahn.

Although the Times finally endorsed Villaraigosa last week, it was a very weak endorsement, and now, as usual, the ersatz liberal Michael Kinsley, editor of the editorial pages, hasn't followed through on the endorsement with any editorializing on the racist nature of the Hahn campaign.

Hahn isn't an effective mayor. All he can do is smear, the way Sam Yorty smeared Tom Bradley 35 years ago. The Times wasn't very effective in its support of Bradley in his first run for mayor, against Yorty, in 1969, but at least it did try to point out the nature of the Yorty campaign. Now, the Times, keeping the absentee Seattle resident Kinsley in a position he doesn't deserve, hasn't even done that.

Just as serious is the illogical placement of stories in the Times on the campaign. This morning, May 13, for example the lead campaign stories are an innocuous feature on the campaign managers on Page 1 and another innocuous one leading the California section on the telephone campaign by Michael Finnigan and Jessica Garrison, while the significant story, the one about Hahn's ad, resurrecting a four-year-old attack against Villaraigosa, by the more trenchant writer, Richard Fausset, is buried in the back of the California section.

This is an old trick of weak newspapers, keep the hard news at the back. Harrison Salisbury, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent, used to point out how Pravda, the Soviet Communist paper, would relegate its really significant news, such as the latest Stalinist purge, to paragraphs at the back.

The Daily News in the San Fernando Valley has been doing a better job overall of covering the mayoral campaign than the Times.

The voters of Los Angeles have succumbed to racist campaigns before, in part because the Times did a poor job of pointing out what was going on.

Is Los Angeles going to have the courage to elect an able mayor who happens to be a Latino? We'll know next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, gutsy reporters at the paper should be pointing out to management that the coverage is falling down.

posted by Ken Reich at 10:13 AM 0 comments

May 14, 2005 7:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For those intereested in reading a crusty old curmedgeon retired reporter from the Times' take on the LA Times today, see his blog at:


May 14, 2005 8:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Robert Urteaga, good looking, scruples and balls. Can this get any better? What's he doing next? Can I work where you work, Robert?

May 14, 2005 9:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MEAT, where are you? Come on, blog away dum dum and tell us why your candidate is suddenly such a pussy. Just like in his make belive gangster days when he would instigate a fight only to run away. What has happened to your courageous white knight in shining armor. Linda Breakstone can't be that tough. Tony has turned out to be just a sissy, like you Ulyssisy.

May 14, 2005 9:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You crybaby ADV lovers. Antonio hit the tv airwaves months ago with all his money slamming Hahn with thos corruption ads.Interesting thing is Hahn's numbers went up. Now ADV lovers are saying Hahn is using racism and bullshit phone calls. BE A MAN FOR ONCE ANTONIO. People are saying you are behaving like a child and its a turn off. If you can't take the heat then you shouldn't have started the fight. Quit hiding behind the skirts of your flacks. Be like Hahn and stand up to the tough questions instead of having your cronies whisk you away

May 14, 2005 11:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Skirts of his flacks"... I KNEW some of those guys were cross-dressers!

May 15, 2005 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A person posted this on another thread.

"""""I want to tell you that before I was not aware of who A. Villaraigosa really was. After reading this Blog site for over 2 months and referring all of my family members to it; the entire candidates have been clarified for us. We blindly followed A. Villaraigosa to his every word, because he is a Latino. If the candidates were both the color BLUE and I would base my decision on what they have each accomplished, said, and kept as promises....well...my decision and that of all my family members is to vote for Mr. Hahn.

I don't know if more of you out there did this, but for the past months since I started reading the blog, I referred my family members. They in turn, referred other family members and friends. Yesterday we had a family wedding, it was over 400 people. The table I was at was discussing all of the topics that came in light in this blog, yes all the good and especially all the dirty stuff from A. Villaraigosa. Villaraigosa has lost almost all of his support from this family, I can only imagine if this has happened to other families."""""

May 15, 2005 2:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


May 16, 2005 3:34 AM  

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