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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Good Morning Mr. Mayor

This morning it was made about official as it gets. Mayor Hahn conceded and tony...wait - Antonio Villaraigosa became our mayor.

Congratulations sir -- this chief has your back.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great news it is. Hey bitter cd14 ppl: nice try!

May 18, 2005 4:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Words of advice from a "bitten" bitter re: dealing with the new mayor's incoming staff - use small words, avoid quick movements, keep your hands at your sides.

May 18, 2005 5:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anti Villaraigosa people who said a good deal of the hype about corrutpion was manufactured for the campaign can at least take a small amount of solace in this (from LA Observed).

• That second indictment in the City Hall influence investigations that Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam D. Kamenstein advised the court was coming never did happen.

The unraveling of much of the rest old this overblown spinning will continue but doubtful it will even make the front page again.

May 18, 2005 5:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

along those lines, not like it matters, but will chief parke now admit there never were any new neighborhood watches to speak of. Its OK, people won't un-vote.

May 18, 2005 5:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe if he does the arrest warrant for Mayor Sam's copyright theft can "go away!"

May 18, 2005 5:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

News from the CD14 front, 4:08 a.m. It was all a plot to get you all worked up enough to get Antonio out of the district.

May 18, 2005 5:51 AM  

Blogger Republican for AV said:

Man, that was spin worthy of Kam Kuwata. (Remember him?)

The CD14ers did all this spinning just to get us to support Antonio.

Damn. Why didn't I see that?

Boy, are they ever smart guys. Thanks so much, Eliseo, for your great ploy of faking a recall and then tanking.

To all of us who stupidly supported Antonio: How could we have been taken in like this?

Let's get him to refuse the Mayorship so he can stay in CD 14.

May 18, 2005 6:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This campaign was a long hard slog. It was divisive, it was dirty, it gave a huge percentage an electorate a bitter tase in mouths so that they decided to stay home and for those that voted it was still agonizing decision. I personally that the right person won the election-but that election with the bitterness is gone. Now let's be one city again not Hahn supports or Villaraigosa supporters but Ange-freakin-lenos and see what happens. The next four years will be a test of whether I was right-but let's not care about scoring points let's just hope this city progresses greatly in the next 4 years.

-- Charlie Carnow

May 18, 2005 6:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well its finally over. Hahn didn't get re-elected sadly because of two of his greatest accomplishments. He kept this city in one piece and the blacks are still mad cause he got rid of a bad police chief. That's it in a nutshell. All talk radio last night had blacks upset though saying there will be an uprise with the students. They don't like the attitude the Latinos have now. Interesting that all of a sudden the media is throwing in the race card. NOW THEY'RE SAYING 1ST LATINO MAYOR. Well, very shortly the Minute Men Project will be here in LA. Bratton will be gone, and ADV will put all his corrupt friends in some type of commission position. HEAVEN HELP LA

May 18, 2005 7:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You guys are dumb. My uncle voted and he does not even have papers but they let him vote. Some people went to the house and told us to vote and we did.

Word is the MECHA guys in C14 were voting 10 times over.

May 18, 2005 7:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Observed is reporting that Jose Huizar is Villaraigosa's favorite to replace him in CD14. Will Pacheco get revenge for the Hahnistas?

May 18, 2005 7:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar really is untested and his close ties to Richard Murello will backfire and create a pulbic relations nightmare. I hear Jose tipped Murello off about the LAUSD's interest in purchasing the Cypress Park property for a high school. You know the rest of the story.

May 18, 2005 7:55 AM  

Anonymous Noel Park said:

This is a great day for Los Angeles.

I can feel the energy sweeping over the city to do great things.

Get over it guys.

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

May 18, 2005 8:23 AM  

Anonymous Noel Park said:

I never thought I'd see the day I'd say this, but thanks Mayor Sam and Chief Parker.

Are you going to retire to the other side now, or will you keep this forum open so that we can use it to work together to make our city what it truly can be?

Stick with us guys. You can do more for this city in this life than you did in the last one.

May 18, 2005 8:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is a great day for LA, Noel Park, and when we have a good councilman again in CD14, it will be even a better day. Villaraigosa and Pacheco are destined to work together.

May 18, 2005 8:27 AM  

Anonymous Noel Park said:

Come on bloggers, we've got a lot of work to do.

Let's stop slamming each other and get on with it.

May 18, 2005 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are right, provided Pacheco is not on the Council. Nick was and is an uttter failure in political terms. His race for DA was a sham.

May 18, 2005 8:35 AM  

Anonymous Jim Alger said:

Well,here we are... the day after. It was no secret I thought Hahn would pull this one off, but about 20 minutes into the counting last night I knew I was wrong but heck my candidate (Alarcon) lost months ago. So, now what?

Well, this city still has many serious problems and they need serious people to help find solutions. The election is OVER... it is time to put away the swords and pull together as a City.

Congrats to the Latino community for electing the first Latino Mayor in over a century. Congrats to Antonio for the win, but lest we not forget the great responsibility that comes with leadership.

There is a Landfill in Granada Hills that needs to be told it will no longer take LA's trash, there's a Port in the Harbor that needs to be secured, there is a mess of a fiasco at LAX that needs addressing, and Citywide there are racial tensions that need to be defused... we don't have time to lick our wounds or pat ourselves on the back, it's time to get to work.

This City needs to be united now and I hope that both sides of the campaigns will work together to do that.

May 18, 2005 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Although Tony won the election, I can say that the Hahn bloggers definitely beat the crap out of the Tony bloggers on Sister City. But that is perhaps because the Hahn bloggers were relegated to the backseat of the Hahn campaign bus, if they even got on, while Hahn relied on tried and tested bozos to run his campaign into the ground. Kam, Bill, the Big O, Natalie, Yolanda, and all the others in the Hahn campaign team - you just didn't measure up. I would say next time listen to the campaigners with the know how, but there won't be a next time.

Congrats to Parke for pulling this one out. MEAT, you aren't really in Tony's inner circle, so no congrats warranted. Even though the pen is mighter than the sword, this blog definitely proved that the sword is mightier than the keystroke. What can I say, it was a well deserved Hahn ass whippng.

Take note any future candidate for public office - don't rely on the word of a few well paid consultants - the world is much larger now, take everything into account, you might just end up with that diamond in the rough that can save your political ass - just don't relegate him or her to blog duty.

May 18, 2005 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim, you hated ADV as much as many of us. He doesn't have leadership and the only reason the Latinos voted for him was because of his RACE.

The people who sat back and didn't even vote, over a million, will now see this city go down the toliet very soon. How the hell can a guy who didn't pass the bar 4 times do anything?

May 18, 2005 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a great way to start Antion! Now the LA Times reports

Voter Discontent Drives Villaraigosa to Victory

Many of his supporters were driven more by dissatisfaction with Hahn than by allegiance to Villaraigosa. And Villaraigosa has earned few fans in Los Angeles for his work on the City Council, where he did little to take on the most vexing issues facing the city.

On the campaign trail, he often avoided direct answers to tough questions about his campaign fundraising and his legislative record, a habit his opponent exploited to tag him as untrustworthy.

And in the face of momentous civic problems, Villaraigosa has made big — some say unrealistic — promises.

On one issue, he has already stumbled. Villaraigosa, who promised to clean up City Hall, takes office amid a criminal inquiry into whether donations to his mayoral campaign from employees of a Florida airport concessionaire were laundered.

Villaraigosa's broad coalition could also complicate his job, forcing him to navigate between numerous competing interests. "You've got to make a lot of choices, and that's a real challenge of coalition politics, but it can also open doors," said Cal State Fullerton political scientist Raphael Sonenshein, an authority on Los Angeles city politics.

Villaraigosa impressed fewer people in two years on the City Council. He pushed only one major initiative in his first year, an as yet unrealized plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

May 18, 2005 9:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You Tony Lovers/Truth Haters were right about that fat lady singing. Did you get a "load" of Gloria Molina on the Times today next to Tony. Where was Yvonne?

May 18, 2005 9:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

if pacheco was a failure, how did you grade villaraigosa? name one thing villaraigosa did for our council district. villaraigosa's two years were a sham.

May 18, 2005 10:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's move on. Nick had his chance, Antonio is moving on. I'm voting for Huizar.

May 18, 2005 11:07 AM  

Blogger M said:

Villaraigosa seems too unstable to be mayor (having learned of his personal background). I think he'll run L.A. into the ground. I wonder how the city attorney will like working with this guy. The C.A. probably can't wait to get away from him and go to Sacramento as CA AG.

May 18, 2005 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Lead, follow, or get out of the way."

Exactly what activists in CD14 said to Tony V. for two years.

He finally got out of the way.

Now who's roadblock is he?

May 18, 2005 11:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Cannot lead, will not follow, refuses to get out of the way."

May 18, 2005 11:46 AM  

Anonymous Mayor Tom said:

Well we've all had our fun here attacking Hahn and working on getting Antonio elected. But now it's time for the city to be led. I really hope Antonio can do the job. Now it's no longer about what he's done in the assembly or what Jimmy Hahn has done but what he will be able to accomplish. I'm pulling for Mayor Tony but he's still gonna be accountable.

May 18, 2005 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Accountable in what way? He was a abysmal city councilman by all accounts (Times today, Jill Stewart, Steve Lopez in columns, etc., etc.), but everyone said "never mind - he has energy, he's a Latino, it's time.

The attractive and charismatic are never held accountable to anything but their mirror.

Those who are never held accountable never have reason to improve.

May 18, 2005 3:02 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

The Hahn bloggers did beat the crap out of the Tony Villar bloggers for sure.

But that's why their candidate lost. While the Hahn bloggers were playing on here, the Villar folks were making phone calls and knocking on doors.

May 18, 2005 5:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11.07 are you unable to think? According to you. Pacheco "had his chance" and should "move on". Why, if Antonio moved on in 2001 he wouldn't be mayor today. MORON!

May 18, 2005 6:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only person with passion to lead the 14th without fear is the Big O.

May 18, 2005 8:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

exactly, the Big O - nothing on the inside.

May 19, 2005 12:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who cares about all of this B.S.This is just a regular peyton place. When is someone really going to do something for the community, Maybe Antonio can get all of his jewish friends who own some of those buildings on Cesar Chavez to fix them up, the place looks like a dump, start charging penalties for the disgusting falling apart buildings which renters are getting over charged for, of course you do not see that where they live. Evidently they wanted Antonio to represent them, they voted for him, why did he first not make them liable for all of the crumby buildings they own on the Eastside. It's all about how far they can all get, not about having any pride in the community Mr. Villar was born and raised in. He is now among the many who did not do a danm thing while he was councilman, nor is he doing anything now, except of course he is on T.V., and fighting for many issues that really do not pertain to his office. Everyone wants a nice place to live. Everyone would feel better if thier living space were pretty too.

July 05, 2006 12:42 PM  

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