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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Jill Stewart - Antonio is in the Driver's Seat

Tonight KCAL political analyst Jill Stewart made the claim that Tony Villar's campaign is in the driver's seat and will win this Tuesday.

She also said Hahn should've been Attacking Tony much earlier -- she's already writing the Obituary for Hahn and doing some good ol' fashion Monday morning quarterbacking.

I only write about Jill "I like cats" Stewart because i was flooded with e-mails last week about her criticism of Tony Villar's campaign.

Here's a snippet of the e-mail i received last week.

Hahn Campaign Must See T.V.!Click below for a great KCAL clip from Wednesday night, which shows pundit Jill Stewart predicting serious trouble for the Villaraigosa campaign!
www.jimhahn.org/May4JillStewartKCAL.wmv

I wonder if I get a similar e-mail from them tomorrow.

Probably not.

Antonio Villaraigosa - 56%
Jim Hahn 44%

Those are the Chiefs predictions.

40 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If ADV is in the driver's seat, then hes NOT a John Kerry clone, but the scion of another Mass. liberal Dem -- Kennedy, and we're all going into the drink like Mary Jo. L.A. will suffer the political and civid equivalent fate of vehicular manslaughter under a mayor who's ACTUAL work and progress in the employee of the city has made James Hahn's term as mayor look like a hotbed of progress and activity by comparison.

ADV will pander himself into a corner on every municipal issue, NEVER have the courage to take touhg stands, and leave much of actual driving to incompetent, staffers who are STILL unable to move so much as a pebble forward in his current district.

He is an empty suit, attended to by empty heads, all telling empty promises, and provided empty lists of accomplishments.

May 12, 2005 12:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And Hahn's list of accomplishments are:
1,000 new police officers?
synchronized signals?
left turn lanes?

or

two grand jury investigations
contracting scandals
resignations of top officials

May 12, 2005 12:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jill's okay most of the time, but she's more attuned to Sacramento these days than L.A. politics. And, really, her hair gets in the way of her thinking clearly quite often...

May 12, 2005 12:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hahn's accomplishments, well, for one -- how about major reductions in crime even WITHOUT meeting the 1,000 new officers quota -- during a budget crisis -- in the wake of the Riordan/Parks Rampart mess (both of those guys endorsing ADV??) -- AND with some recent efforts blocked by grandstanding city council members like ADV.

May 12, 2005 1:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What has Hahn accomplished? Okay, but remember yo asked (ths will take awhile, because he's served the whole city, not just ignored on district like Tony V.


Mayor Jim Hahn has a proven record on helping neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Below are highlights of his accomplishments and initiatives in East Los Angeles neighborhoods.

-- Mayor Hahn's efforts to put more police on our streets, restore Los Angeles' community policing program, and bring new leadership to the Los Angeles Police Department have gotten significant results. Compared with just two years ago, violent crime is down in every LAPD area, including the Hollenbeck and Northeast areas, which serve East Los Angeles neighborhoods. Citywide, crime is down 18 percent compared with two years ago.
-- Expanded the city's nationally-recognized LA's BEST after school program to serve over 5,500 additional students at over 45 additional schools. The program now provides free of charge a safe, educational, and fun place for more than 3,900 students at 29 elementary schools in East Los Angeles. Citywide, it serves over 20,000 students at over 125 schools.
-- Successfully advocated to bring the Gang Reduction Program to East Los Angeles to provide millions in grant funds to after school, college preparation and other programs that give young people positive alternatives to gangs.
-- Worked with LAPD to enhanced efforts to reduce gang-related crime in East Los Angeles, including provision of additional resources to areas with high gang-related crime through the LAPD's Community Safety Operations Task Force.
-- Led the effort to reinstate the Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Program, LAPD's community policing program, to provide a direct link between Los Angeles communities and the police department.
-- Created a Joint Park Safety Task Force and directed the LAPD to deploy specialized resources to neighborhood parks that most need additional security. The task force created stop-in centers at over 60 city parks to enhance police presence, including more than a dozen parks in East Los Angeles.
-- Worked with LAPD to ensure the department tracks and monitors pedestrian and traffic stops to help the department identify potential problems with racial profiling. Mayor Hahn included requiring this data collection as part of the consent decree he negotiated when he was City Attorney.
-- Removed more than four million square feet of graffiti from over 86,000 locations in East Los Angeles.
-- Launched a program to increase arrests of those who illegally dispose of items such as couches, televisions, mattresses, or other hazardous waste on city streets or alleys. Since the beginning of the Hahn Administration, more than 46,000 tons of illegally dumped items have been removed from East Los Angeles neighborhoods.
-- Supports more than 80 neighborhood councils across the city, including those that represent East Los Angeles neighborhoods. Mayor Hahn provided up to $50,000 for each neighborhood council to use for operating expenses and neighborhood projects of their choice.
-- Worked with the Los Angeles Public Library to open or renovate branch libraries in East Los Angeles, including the Arroyo Seco, Cypress Park, Edendale, and El Sereno branch libraries.
-- Provided over $1 million to East Los Angeles communities through the Neighborhood Block Grant (NBG) program, which is helping to make streetscape and housing improvements in Lincoln Heights and El Sereno.
-- Advocated for and closely monitored the East Central Interceptor Sewer (ECIS) project to ensure that it was completed on-time and on-budget. The project, which rehabilitated the city's sewer system in East, Central, and South Los Angeles neighborhoods, increased the system's capacity and will greatly reduce the number of sewage spills. Prior to the construction of ECIS, heavy rains would cause sewage to flow into the streets and there were some instances where children were walking through raw sewage to get to school. ECIS was the largest public works project in the city's history.
-- Worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks to rehabilitate or open a dozen park facilities in East Los Angeles neighborhoods, including new skate parks in Hollenbeck, El Sereno, and Lincoln Park, the new Dodger Dream Fields at Bishop Canyon and the Montecito Heights Recreation Center, and the new Audubon Center at Debs Park, which is the second urban nature center in the country.
-- Working to develop a park at Taylor Yard in Northeast Los Angeles. A partnership with the State of California, this park will include soccer and baseball fields, nature trails, picnic areas, and habitat restoration.
-- Negotiated an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District to allow greater community use of school facilities and expand recreation and open space for Los Angeles families.
-- Lobbied successfully to secure federal funding for the 6-mile Eastside Light Rail project to extend the Metro Gold Line into East Los Angeles.
-- Created the Street Smart program, which targets for traffic-reducing improvements 35 of Los Angeles' busiest streets and when completed will save Los Angeles drivers an estimated 15 million hours per year. Streets that will be improved in East Los Angeles neighborhoods through this program include Colorado Boulevard, Valley Boulevard, San Fernando Road, and Mission Road.
-- Created the Traffic Safety and Congestion Relief Plan, which identifies and makes improvements to 25 of Los Angeles' worst intersections every year. These improvements make the intersections safer and help reduce traffic congestion for over 1 million drivers every day.
-- Worked with the city's Community Development Department program to hire hundreds of qualified young people in Boyle Heights through the Youth Opportunity Movement, which provides education, job training and employment services.
-- Provided funding that is helping to bring over 600 new housing units to East Los Angeles through the $100 million Housing Trust Fund. Under his leadership, Los Angeles went from having one of the worst records on housing to becoming home to the nation's largest local housing trust fund. In the last three years, Los Angeles has doubled the pace of housing development.
-- Expanded the adaptive reuse ordinance, which is helping to adapt vacant buildings into thousands of quality housing units. Over 1,000 adaptive reuse units are in various stages in East Los Angeles.
-- Worked with local labor organizations to help Homeboy Industries graffiti clean-up team members find jobs with the Painters and Ironworkers.

AND THAT's just Eastside. . .

May 12, 2005 1:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THEN, there's Westside accomplishments... (remember, you ASKED!)

Mayor Jim Hahn has a proven record on helping neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Below are highlights of his accomplishments and initiatives in West Los Angeles neighborhoods.

-- Mayor Hahn’s efforts to put more police on our streets, restore Los Angeles’ community policing program, and bring new leadership to the Los Angeles Police Department have gotten significant results. Compared with just two years ago, violent crime is down in every LAPD area, including the West Los Angeles and Pacific areas, which serve West Los Angeles neighborhoods. Citywide, crime is down 18 percent compared with two years ago.
-- Expanded the city’s nationally-recognized LA’s BEST after school program to serve over 5,500 additional students at over 45 additional schools. The program now provides free of charge a safe, educational, and fun place for more than 580 students at four elementary schools in West Los Angeles. Citywide, it serves over 20,000 students at over 125 schools.
-- Led the effort to reinstate the Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Program, LAPD’s community policing program, to provide a direct link between Los Angeles communities and the police department.
-- Created a Joint Park Safety Task Force and directed the LAPD to deploy specialized resources to neighborhood parks that most need additional security. The task force created stop-in centers at over 60 city parks to enhance police presence, including the Mar Vista Gardens and the Oakwood Recreation Centers.
-- Removed more than 900,000 square feet of graffiti from over 16,000 locations in West Los Angeles.
-- Launched a program to increase arrests of those who illegally dispose of items such as couches, televisions, mattresses, or other hazardous waste on city streets or alleys. Since the beginning of the Hahn Administration, more than 21,000 tons of illegally dumped items have been removed from West Los Angeles neighborhoods.
-- Supporting new fire stations in Westchester and Playa Vista to serve the local community.
-- Supports more than 80 certified neighborhood councils across the city, including eight that represent West Los Angeles neighborhoods. Mayor Hahn provided up to $50,000 for each neighborhood council to use for operating expenses and neighborhood projects of their choice.
-- Worked with the Los Angeles Public Library to open or renovate branch libraries in West Los Angeles, including the Mar Vista, Palisades, Palms-Rancho Park, Playa Vista, and Westchester-Loyola Village branch libraries.
-- Working to transform the West Los Angeles municipal building into the West Los Angeles Neighborhood City Hall.
-- Worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks to rehabilitate or open more than 80 new park facilities throughout the city, including improvements to the Stoner Park pool, Westchester Gym, and Oakwood Recreation Center; and new facilities at the Mar Vista Rink, Palms Child Care Center, and Aidan’s Place playground in Westwood.
-- Worked with community volunteers to paint and clean-up Broadway Elementary School in Venice.
-- Created the Street Smart program, which targets for traffic-reducing improvements 35 of Los Angeles’ busiest streets and when completed will save Los Angeles drivers an estimated 15 million hours per year. Streets that will be improved in West Los Angeles neighborhoods through this program include Lincoln, Olympic, Santa Monica, Sepulveda, Venice and Wilshire Boulevards.
-- Created the Traffic Safety and Congestion Relief Plan, which identifies and makes improvements to 25 of Los Angeles’ worst intersections every year, including a dozen improvements in West Los Angeles. These improvements make the intersections safer and help reduce traffic congestion for over 1 million drivers every day.
-- Expanded the adaptive reuse ordinance, which is helping to adapt vacant buildings into thousands of quality housing units citywide, including in Venice.
-- Launched a $225-million project proposal to renovate the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the most extensive capital improvement project undertaken by Los Angeles World Airports since the 1984 Summer Olympics.
As City Attorney, launched an enforcement program against polluters that dump hazardous materials in to the city storm drain system, which empties into the Santa Monica Bay.

May 12, 2005 1:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Valley accmplishments? Someone asked about accomplishments, I'm certain (step back this is a BIG one for all you SEE-cesh types):

Mayor Jim Hahn has a proven record on helping neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Below are highlights of his accomplishments and initiatives in the San Fernando Valley.

-- Mayor Hahn's efforts to put more police on our streets, restore Los Angeles' community policing program, and bring new leadership to the Los Angeles Police Department have gotten significant results. Compared with just two years ago, violent crime is down in every LAPD area, including the Devonshire, Foothill, North Hollywood, West Valley, and Van Nuys Areas, which serve Valley neighborhoods. In the Valley Bureau, car theft is down over 20 percent compared with two years ago. Citywide, crime is down 18 percent compared with two years ago.
-- Expanded the city's nationally-recognized LA's BEST after school program to serve over 5,500 additional students at over 45 additional schools. The program now provides free of charge a safe, educational, and fun place for more than 6,200 students at 43 elementary schools in the Valley. Citywide, it serves over 20,000 students at over 125 schools.
-- Opened the Valley Communications Dispatch Center, which more than doubled the LAPD's capacity to handle calls for emergency service.
-- Helped the LAPD increase its ranks for the first time since 1997, and worked with the LAPD to move officers from behind desks and into neighborhoods.
-- Led the effort to reinstate the Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Program, LAPD's community policing program, to provide a direct link between Los Angeles communities and the police department.
-- Expanded the Los Angeles Fire Department Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program, which trains community volunteers to provide emergency assistance to their neighbors. Over 10,000 residents-including 2,400 Valley residents -- have received this training since Mayor Hahn took office.
-- Removed more than four million square feet of graffiti from over 100,000 locations in the Valley.
-- Launched a program to increase arrests of those who illegally dispose of items such as couches, televisions, mattresses, or other hazardous waste on city streets or alleys. Since the beginning of the Hahn Administration, more than 130,000 tons of illegally dumped items have been removed from Valley neighborhoods.
-- Supported the Fire Department's creation of a fire defense system for the Valley, which deploys citywide resources during hazardous conditions.
-- Created a Joint Park Safety Task Force and directed the LAPD to deploy specialized resources to neighborhood parks that most need additional security. The task force created stop-in centers at over 60 city parks to enhance police presence, including 15 parks in the Valley Los Angeles.
-- Supporting construction and repair of Valley police and fire stations, including a new police division in the North Valley, renovation of the West Valley Community Police Station, a new Valley Traffic Division and Bureau Headquarters, a new Valley-based Bomb Squad Facility, and fire stations in Sun Valley, Encino, Panorama City, Van Nuys and Woodland Hills.
-- Filled more than 7,900 filled potholes, trimmed more than 100,000 trimmed trees, planted more than 2,000 trees, and installed or replaced more than 89 miles sidewalks in the San Fernando Valley.
-- Opened the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center in Van Nuys to make it easier for Valley residents and businesses to access city services. The Center received the Best Community Development (BCD) Award from the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
-- Worked with the Los Angeles Public Library to open or renovate branch libraries in Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Encino/Tarzana, Sylmar, North Hollywood, West Valley, Pacoima, Sun Valley, Northridge, Valley Plaza, Chatsworth, and Canoga Park. Another library project is currently underway in North Hollywood.
-- Supports more than 80 neighborhood councils across the city, including over two dozen that represent Valley neighborhoods. Mayor Hahn provided up to $50,000 for each neighborhood council to use for operating expenses and neighborhood projects of their choice. He personally issued the first $50,000 Stored Value Card (SVC) to the Reseda Neighborhood Council.
-- Strongly supports closing all landfills in the City of Los Angeles and appointed a Landfill Oversight Committee to evaluate and recommend ways to achieve a landfill-free city by 2006. Mayor Hahn called for a public hearing and a full Environmental Impact Report on the Bradley and Sunshine Canyon Landfills, and directed the Environmental Affairs Department to deny a permit for the expansion of the Bradley Landfill.
-- Through the city's recycling programs, helped Los Angeles achieve a 60 percent rate of trash diversion from the landfills and has directed all city departments to achieve a 70 percent diversion rate by 2020.
-- Created a pilot program to pick up recyclables from over 100,000 housing units at large apartment complexes throughout the city.
-- Successfully advocated for additional protections against groundwater contamination at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill.
-- Worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks to rehabilitate or open over a dozen park facilities in Valley neighborhoods, including a new skate park in Sunland, splash pads in Panorama City and North Hollywood, and soccer fields at Hansen Dam.
-- Worked with Los Angeles World Airports to provide sound insulation improvements in over 300 homes near the Van Nuys Airport.
-- Provided over $2 million to Valley communities through the Neighborhood Block Grant (NBG) program, which is helping to improve areas in the North Hollywood Arts and Entertainment District, and the Lake View Terrace, Valley Glen, and Van Nuys neighborhoods.
-- Coordinated over 20 community clean-up and neighborhood events with over 1,200 local volunteers in the San Fernando Valley.
-- Established a School Facilities Division in the Mayor's Office to work with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on building new schools and promote agreements that allow greater community use of school facilities. The School Facilities Division helped facilitate the construction of a new high school that will serve nearly 2,000 students in North Hollywood and alleviate overcrowding at Grant and North Hollywood High Schools. These agreements now allow for the shared use of facilities such as city parks, pools, and tennis courts and school fields, gyms, and auditoriums.
-- Working with the Department of Aging to assist seniors in Valley neighborhoods through Senior Info Vans that provide information about city resources to senior citizens and caregivers.
-- Advocated for creation of a San Fernando Valley Statistical District to better address the needs of the San Fernando Valley.
-- Working to transform the Tujunga Municipal Building into the North Valley Neighborhood City Hall, which will house neighborhood offices for the mayor, city council, and other city departments.
-- Created the Street Smart program, which targets for traffic-reducing improvements 35 of Los Angeles' busiest streets and when completed will save Los Angeles drivers an estimated 15 million hours per year. Valley streets that will be improved as part of this program include Balboa, Devonshire, Ventura, Sepulveda, Van Nuys, and Victory Boulevards.
-- Created the Traffic Safety and Congestion Relief Plan, which identifies and makes improvements to 25 of Los Angeles' worst intersections every year. These improvements make the intersections safer and help reduce traffic congestion for 1 million drivers every day.
-- Dispatched traffic officers to direct traffic during peak hours at the most heavily traveled intersections along Ventura Boulevard, including at Sepulveda, Laurel Canyon, Coldwater Canyon, Beverly Glen, and Van Nuys Boulevards.
-- Encouraging development along public transit lines, including assisting with permitting and financing for a housing and retail development at the North Hollywood MTA station. Mayor Hahn also supports and developed laws that give developers incentives to build housing near public transit.
-- Successfully advocated for funding to accelerate the implementation of automated signal corridors in the San Fernando Valley to improve traffic flow.
-- Worked with neighborhood councils and other civic leaders to stop the Ahmanson Ranch development, which would have developed over 3,000 new homes and generated 45,000 additional car trips each day in the San Fernando Valley. As a result of these successful efforts, the area will become a state park. Mayor Hahn received Heal the Bay's "Walk the Talk" award for his efforts to save Ahmanson Ranch.
-- Co-hosted workshops with the Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC) and the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley to assist Valley businesses.
-- Eliminated the city's business taxes for Los Angeles businesses with less than $100,000 in annual gross receipts. Those small businesses represent more than 60 percent of all Los Angeles businesses.
-- Extended the business tax exemption on small start-up businesses from one year to two years. Mayor Hahn announced this proposal at a Valley business.
-- Implemented "single category filing" and other measures to simplify Los Angeles' tax system.

May 12, 2005 1:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dang, the Valley is VERY lucky to have stayed a part of L.A. Look at that list!

An ADV gave his district... seven overhyped and understtended cleanups?

Tough call.

May 12, 2005 1:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't forget the Harbor area, that's Jimmy's home turf, right? Now if he took a page from ADV's book, he'd neglect the homies -- and figure they'd follow along anyway. But NO!

Mayor Jim Hahn has a proven record on helping neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Below are highlights of his accomplishments and initiatives in Harbor neighborhoods.
** Mayor Hahn's efforts to put more police on our streets, restore Los Angeles' community policing program, and bring new leadership to the Los Angeles Police Department have gotten significant results - violent crime is down in every area of the city, including in LAPD's Harbor Area, compared with just two years ago. Citywide, violent crime is down 18 percent compared with two years ago.
** Expanded the city's nationally-recognized LA's BEST after school program to serve over 5,500 additional students at over 45 additional schools. The program now provides free of charge a safe, educational, and fun place for more than 700 students at six elementary schools in the Harbor Area. Citywide, it serves over 20,000 students at over 125 schools.
** Created a Joint Park Safety Task Force and directed the LAPD to deploy specialized resources to neighborhood parks that most need additional security. The task force created stop-in centers at over 60 city parks to enhance police presence, including the Anderson Community Center, and Harbor City, Normandale, and Wilmington Recreation Centers.
** Launched a program to increase arrests of those who illegally dispose of items such as couches, televisions, mattresses, or other hazardous waste on city streets or alleys. Since the beginning of the Hahn Administration, more than 40,000 tons of illegally dumped items have been removed from Harbor area neighborhoods.
** Negotiated landmark agreements with the Hong Kong Port and the Port Authority of Singapore to ensure the safe and secure transit of shipping containers from point of origin to final point of destination through Operation Safe Commerce.
** Successfully advocated for millions of dollars in funding for security enhancements at the Port of Los Angeles, including training Port Police as Sea Marshals to board and secure vessels coming into the Port.
** Brought four new fireboats to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), one of which is the most powerful firefighting boat in the world.
** Supports more than 80 neighborhood councils across the city, including those in the Harbor Gateway, Harbor City, Wilmington, and San Pedro neighborhoods. Mayor Hahn provided up to $50,000 for each neighborhood council to use for operating expenses and neighborhood projects of their choice, such as the Harbor City Neighborhood Council's anti-graffiti program.
** Appointed a majority of harbor residents to the Harbor Commission and established the Port Community Advisory Committee (PCAC), which brings together community, business and labor leaders to improve the quality of life in the Harbor area.
** Brought together Port representatives and Harbor community leaders to break ground and complete the first stage of the Bridge to Breakwater project at the Port of Los Angeles. The project is converting 400 acres of formerly industrial land to open space and recreational areas along 8 miles of waterfront.
** Worked with the Port of Los Angeles and community members to return 85 acres of industrial property in Wilmington back to open space for public use and create a buffer between the Port of Los Angeles and surrounding communities.
** Issued an Executive Directive that requires the Board of Harbor Commissioners to implement a "no net increase" in emissions at the Port of Los Angeles.
** Created the Alternative Maritime Program (AMP) at the Port of Los Angeles, which allows ships docked at the port to use shore-side electric power instead of burning diesel fuel on-board. Each time a ship docks using AMP, it prevents about the same amount of air pollution that would be generated by a diesel truck driving for 70,000 miles.
** Working to develop a Low Sulfur Fuels program at the port, which significantly reduces emissions of docked vessels, and an Emulsion Diesel Fuels program, which provides matching funds to customers for the additional cost of emulsified fuel.

** Worked with the library department to successfully advocate for a $5.7 million state grant for the construction of the Harbor Gateway-Harbor City Branch Library, which will work with the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide a homework center for students, including those at Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High School.
** Provided $700,000 to the Wilmington community through the Neighborhood Block Grant (NBG) program, which is helping to make streetscape and park improvements to the area.
** Worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks to rehabilitate or open more than 80 new park facilities throughout the city, including new soccer fields in San Pedro, a skate park to Wilmington, and renovating the Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse and Point Fermin Lighthouse.
** Helped bring improvements to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium with a $10 million expansion project, including a new library and two new exhibition halls.
** Designated the San Pedro Municipal Building as the Harbor Area Neighborhood City Hall.
** Created the Street Smart program, which targets for traffic-reducing improvements 35 of Los Angeles' busiest streets and when completed will save Los Angeles drivers an estimated 15 million hours per year. Streets that will be improved in Harbor area neighborhoods through this program include Gaffey Street, Western Avenue, and the Pacific Coast Highway.
** Created the Traffic Safety and Congestion Relief Plan, which identifies and makes improvements to 25 of Los Angeles' worst intersections every year. These improvements make the intersections safer and help reduce traffic congestion for over 1 million drivers every day.
** Supports extending port operating hours to relieve truck traffic congestion during rush hour.
** Helped bring the Centre Street Lofts to the H2 site in San Pedro, which had been vacant for 30 years. The project includes over 100 lofts, and is one of three housing projects in the area that will generate approximately 400 new residential units.
** Provided funding that is helping to build over 100 new housing units in Harbor communities through the $100 million Housing Trust Fund, and rolled up his sleeves to help build homes for Habitat For Humanity's new South Bay project.

May 12, 2005 1:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good to know ONE candidate didn't abuse his own neighborhood. But South L.A. is kind of like he second home.

May 12, 2005 1:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, being that he's Kenny's boy he probabl figured he could just ignore South L.A. -- not much for them, just:

Mayor Jim Hahn has a proven record on helping neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Below are highlights of his accomplishments and initiatives in South Los Angeles neighborhoods.

^ Mayor Hahn’s efforts to put more police on our streets, restore Los Angeles’ community policing program, and bring new leadership to the Los Angeles Police Department have gotten significant results. Compared with just two years ago, violent crime is down in every LAPD area, including the Southwest, Southeast, and 77th areas, which serve South Los Angeles neighborhoods. Citywide, crime is down18 percent compared with two years ago.
^ Expanded the city’s nationally-recognized LA’s BEST after school program to serve over 5,500 additional students at over 45 additional schools. The program now provides free of charge a safe, educational, and fun place for more than 4,200 students at 27 elementary schools in South Los Angeles. Citywide, it serves over 20,000 students at over 125 schools.
^ Worked with LAPD to enhanced efforts to reduce gang-related crime in South Los Angeles, including provision of additional resources to areas with high gang-related crime in the Southwest, Southeast and 77th areas through the LAPD’s Community Safety Operations Task Force.
^ Launched an effort to improve recruitment of African American police officers at LAPD to help ensure that the department reflects the diversity of the neighborhoods that it serves.
^ Worked with LAPD to ensure the department tracks and monitors pedestrian and traffic stops to help the department identify potential problems with racial profiling. Mayor Hahn included requiring this data collection as part of the consent decree he negotiated when he was City Attorney.
^ Led the effort to reinstate the Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Program, LAPD’s community policing program, to provide a direct link between Los Angeles communities and the police department.
^ Created a Joint Park Safety Task Force and directed the LAPD to deploy specialized resources to neighborhood parks that most need additional security. The task force created stop-in centers at over 60 city parks to enhance police presence, including more than 20 parks in South Los Angeles.
^ Removed more than 9 million square feet of graffiti from over 90,000 locations in South Los Angeles.
^ Launched a program to increase arrests of those who illegally dispose of items such as couches, televisions, mattresses, or other hazardous waste on city streets or alleys. Since the beginning of the Hahn Administration, more than 280,000 tons of illegally dumped items have been removed from South Los Angeles neighborhoods.
^ Supporting a new fire station in Watts to serve the local community.
^ Supports more than 80 neighborhood councils across the city, including over a dozen that represent South Los Angeles neighborhoods. Mayor Hahn provided up to $50,000 for each neighborhood council to use for operating expenses and neighborhood projects of their choice.
^ Advocated for and closely monitored the East Central Interceptor Sewer (ECIS) project to ensure that it was completed on-time and on-budget. The project, which rehabilitated the city’s sewer system in East, Central, and South Los Angeles neighborhoods, increased the system’s capacity and will greatly reduce the number of sewage spills. Prior to the construction of ECIS, heavy rains would cause sewage to flow into the streets and there were some instances where children were walking through raw sewage to get to school. ECIS was the largest public works project in the city’s history.
^ Worked with the Los Angeles Public Library to open or renovate branch libraries in South Los Angeles, including the Hyde Park, Baldwin Hills, Ascot and Mark Twain branch libraries.
^ Worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks to rehabilitate or open more than 20 park facilities in South Los Angeles neighborhoods, including a pool, two gyms, and an outdoor amphitheater at the Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center.
^ Provided over $2 million to South Los Angeles communities through the Neighborhood Block Grant (NBG) program, which is helping to make streetscape and housing improvements in the Leimert Park, MidCity, Watts, and West Adams neighborhoods.
^ Issued a declaration of local emergency for the areas impacted by devastating floods in South Los Angeles in 2003, and helped Watts residents receive assistance by urging the governor to declare a State of Emergency for the City of Los Angeles. Mayor Hahn also co-sponsored a community clean-up in Watts to provide assistance those whose homes were damaged.
^ Provided resources to the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) to improve the Tom Bradley Multipurpose Center, which provides services to seniors. Renovations to the center included a new state-of-the-art kitchen, a computer lab, and several multi-purpose rooms.
^ Opened a Neighborhood City Hall in South Los Angeles, which provides services from departments including Building and Safety, Personnel and Neighborhood Empowerment.
^ Created the Street Smart program, which targets for traffic-reducing improvements 35 of Los Angeles’ busiest streets and when completed will save Los Angeles drivers an estimated 15 million hours per year. Streets that will be improved in South Los Angeles neighborhoods through this program include Figueroa, Manchester, Slauson, and Western.
^ Created the Traffic Safety and Congestion Relief Plan, which identifies and makes improvements to 25 of Los Angeles’ worst intersections every year. These improvements make the intersections safer and help reduce traffic congestion for over 1 million drivers every day.
^ Supported the design and construction of the Exposition Line and was instrumental in making a priority a light rail line along the Crenshaw Corridor.
^ Strongly supports the Marlton Square project in South Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District, which will bring single-family homes, affordable housing for seniors, a retail center and a community public facility to this community. Marlton Square is the largest redevelopment project in South Los Angeles in the city’s history.
^ Helped bring the Vermont Slauson Retail Center to South Los Angeles to provide jobs and much needed goods and services at a site that was unoccupied for 12 years. This center includes a Gigante Supermarket and 4,000 square feet of office space.
^ Helped create the Small and Local Business Advisory Committee (SLBAC), which brings together businesses to help the city streamline its contracting process to give more opportunities to small and local businesses. The committee is chaired by Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) Chairman Gene Hale to chair the committee.
^ Worked with the city’s Community Development Department program to hire hundreds of qualified young people in Watts through the Youth Opportunity Movement, which provides education, job training and employment services.
^ Worked with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to identify 25 companies for MBDA’s Equity Capital Access program (MECA).
^ Provided funding that is helping to build over 300 new housing units in South Los Angeles through the $100 million Housing Trust Fund.
^ Worked with Sony Pictures Entertainment and California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnership to offer after school animation and art classes to Watts students ages 10 to 14.

May 12, 2005 1:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's a massive list, too. Surely he neglected downtown, central area, etc. He was probably still pissed, too, that Hollywood tried to jump ship.

Mayor Jim Hahn has a proven record on helping neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Below are highlights of his accomplishments and initiatives in Central Los Angeles neighborhoods such as Hollywood, Downtown, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Mid-Wilshire, and Pico-Union.

## Mayor Hahn’s efforts to put more police on our streets, restore Los Angeles’ community policing program, and bring new leadership to the Los Angeles Police Department have gotten significant results – violent crime is down in every area of the city, including in LAPD’s Rampart, Wilshire, Hollywood, Newton, and Northeast Areas, which serve Central area neighborhoods. Citywide, violent crime is down 18 percent compared with two years ago.
## Expanded the city’s nationally-recognized LA’s BEST after school program to serve over 5,500 additional students at over 45 additional schools. The program now provides free of charge a safe, educational, and fun place for more than 2,200 students at 14 elementary schools in the Central Los Angeles area. Citywide, it serves over 20,000 students at over 125 schools.
## Worked with LAPD to enhanced efforts to reduce gang-related crime in the Central Los Angeles area, including provision of additional resources to areas with high gang-related crime through the LAPD’s Community Safety Operations Task Force.
## Helped the LAPD increase its ranks for the first time since 1997, and worked with the LAPD to move officers from behind desks and into neighborhoods.
## Led the effort to reinstate the Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Program, LAPD’s community policing program, to provide a direct link between Los Angeles communities and the police department.
## Created a Joint Park Safety Task Force and directed the LAPD to deploy specialized resources to neighborhood parks that most need additional security. The task force created stop-in centers at over 60 city parks to enhance police presence, including six parks in Central Los Angeles.
## Removed more than 3 million square feet of graffiti from over 58,000 locations in Central Los Angeles.
## Launched a program to increase arrests of those who illegally dispose of items such as couches, televisions, mattresses, or other hazardous waste on city streets or alleys. Since the beginning of the Hahn Administration, more than 45,000 tons of illegally dumped items have been removed from Central area neighborhoods.
## Launched the Los Angeles Safer City Initiative in MacArthur Park to reduce violent crime in targeted neighborhoods by focusing on reducing quality of life crimes such as graffiti and drug dealing. Since the Safer City Initiative was launched in MacArthur Park, homicides are down over 45 percent in the area.
## Worked with the Los Angeles Fire Department to create an emergency plan to help the department improve its response to fires in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood.
## Worked with Downtown employers, the LAPD, and the Los Angeles Fire Department to conduce full-scale emergency trainings for our city’s first responders.
## Supports more than 80 neighborhood councils across the city, including over a dozen that represent Central Los Angeles neighborhoods. Mayor Hahn provided up to $50,000 for each neighborhood council to use for operating expenses and neighborhood projects, such as the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council’s event that helped raise funds for a local school to buy computers and other equipment.
## Advocated for and closely monitored the East Central Interceptor Sewer (ECIS) project to ensure that it was completed on-time and on-budget. The project, which rehabilitated the city’s sewer system in East, Central, and South Los Angeles neighborhoods, increased the system’s capacity and will greatly reduce the number of sewage spills. Prior to the construction of ECIS, heavy rains would cause sewage to flow into the streets and there were some instances where children were walking through raw sewage to get to school. ECIS was the largest public works project in the city’s history.
## Worked with the Los Angeles Public Library to open or renovate branch libraries in Chinatown, Pico-Union, and Hollywood. Similar projects are currently underway in the Fairfax, Little Tokyo, and Silver Lake neighborhoods.
## Worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks to rehabilitate or open a dozen park facilities in Central Los Angeles neighborhoods, including Bronson Canyon Playground, the Pan Pacific Recreational Center, and the Queen Anne Splash Pad.
## Provided over $1 million to Central Area communities through the Neighborhood Block Grant (NBG) program, which is helping to improve areas in the Byzantine Latino Quarter, East Hollywood, and Old Bank District neighborhoods.
## Negotiated an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District to allow greater community use of school facilities and expand recreation and open space for Los Angeles families.
## Worked to develop an agreement that is helping to bring a new elementary school and affordable housing to the Westlake neighborhood. The community became concerned about competing needs for more housing and schools when the school district identified property that had already been acquired by a non-profit housing developer as a potential site for a new school. Mayor Hahn worked with Councilman Ed Reyes, the school district, and community organizations to find additional properties so that both projects could move forward.
## Successfully advocated for a $1 million federal grant to construct a new parking structure in Downtown Los Angeles, which will help solve the lack of parking for residents and businesses in Downtown’s Fashion District. The funding will complement a previous $350,000 grant to bring solar-powered lighting, street and streetscape improvements, and new mixed-use commercial and residential developments downtown.
## Worked with Little Tokyo community members to stop a plan that would have moved LAPD headquarters next to a Buddhist temple. Instead, the vacant lot will be considered for housing, retail, or other projects.
## Currently working with Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge to create a Hollywood Neighborhood City Hall that will accommodate 12 additional service-oriented departments.
## Created the Street Smart program, which targets for traffic-reducing improvements 35 of Los Angeles’ busiest streets and when completed will save Los Angeles drivers an estimated 15 million hours per year. Streets that will be improved in Central Los Angeles neighborhoods through this program include Sunset, Santa Monica, Wilshire and Olympic Boulevards, La Brea and Western Avenues, and Alvarado and Alameda Streets.
## Created the Traffic Safety and Congestion Relief Plan, which identifies and makes improvements to 25 of Los Angeles’ worst intersections every year. These improvements make the intersections safer and help reduce traffic congestion for 1 million drivers every day.
## Encouraging development along public transit lines, including assisting with permitting and financing for housing and retail developments at the MTA stations at Wilshire and Vermont and at Wilshire and Western. Mayor Hahn also supports and developed laws that give developers incentives to build housing near public transit.
## Successfully advocated for expanding the Metro Rapid Bus Program, including lines in Central Los Angeles neighborhoods.
## Brought new life to vacant historic buildings through the expansion of the city’s adaptive reuse ordinance, which is helping to adapt vacant buildings into thousands of quality housing units. Examples of adaptive reuse projects include the Historic Gas Company Lofts project in Downtown and the Wilshire at Western project at the site of the former Getty Oil Headquarters.
## Proposed eliminating city business taxes for businesses with fewer than $100,000 in annual gross receipts, including Hollywood’s self-employed writers and directors.
## Helped provide over $100,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist in the completion of the Far East Building revitalization project in Little Tokyo. The project will include housing units for seniors and low-income families.
## Convened Bring LA Home, which brings together elected officials, homeless service providers, and other community leaders to draft a ten-year plan to end homelessness in Los Angeles, which will enable the region to compete for state and federal funding for homeless services.
## Partnered with city, county, and federal agencies to provide over $3 million in assistance to chronically homeless individuals with physical or mental disability or substance abuse through the Los Angeles Homeless Opportunity Providing Employment (LA’s Hope) program.
## Secured over $2 million to assist homeless people through the Skid Row Collaborative, which provides permanent housing and mental health, drug abuse and medical services.
## Working with city, county, and local business leaders to initiate the Grand Avenue redevelopment project in the Downtown Los Angeles. The project will transform the civic and cultural districts into a vibrant center containing entertainment venues, restaurants, shops, office buildings, hotels, additional housing units, and a park.
## Helped establish the Hollywood Entertainment Business Improvement District (BID), which gives businesses the opportunity to establish and fund programs to promote, market, and enhance the Hollywood business climate.

May 12, 2005 1:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ONE of the longest lists of Hahn accomplishments as mayor yet. So he really didn't go out and screw all the groups that tried to secede, and he really did tune up services in those areas and everywhere in the city.

Are you SURE this guy they call "Mayor Poopy" here has only been mayor for 4 years, and hardly works at it? I think some blogger's been telling whoppers, even just to scroll back through those lists area-by-area.

But, "some" ADV lists of accomplishments in TWO YEARS also include the 80 (invisible) neighborhood watches, too. That's about one invisible watch for every 3-4 signficant accomplishments on those area-by-area Hahn lists.

You've convinced me -- I'm voting for Mayor Hahn. He HAS accomplished a LOT for L.A. We can trust him. He is "un hombre de su palabra!"

May 12, 2005 1:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Impressive - but I DON'T think Tony's people are going to want to compare Hahn's four years with Tony V.'s two again anytime soon -- even if you were to chop Hahn's lists in half as a "handicap."

May 12, 2005 1:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Notice how "EXPAND LAX" was not listed as one of Hahn's accomplishments? Is that an error or an omission?

May 12, 2005 1:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Truly, and that's not EVEN cut-and-paste... just the stuff off the top of my head. I'm sure there's more things that should be added an updated.

May 12, 2005 1:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Damn, give them 500 accomplishments and they nitpick about ONE. ADV has ONE, and they say he's a "roll up his sleeves" and get things done guy.

Maybe if he'd switch to SHORT SLEEVE shirts (and get a new bumper sticker writer), he'd have TWO accomplishments by now -- one for EACH $150,000 annual paycheck.

May 12, 2005 1:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go ahead, skeptic, find some other things Hahn doesn't have on his list... THEN we'll talk about the 2003 50-page transition document from Nick Pacheco to ADV. The one with 80-100 ongoing projects almost NONE of which have progressed, let ALONE been completed in TWO FULL YEARS by Travelin' Tony and the Carpetbaggers!

(How forgetful of me... He DID break ground on the dog parke -- a year late, and now they're moving some dirt around - just in time for the runoff vote).

May 12, 2005 1:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is "starting" a project, late, an "accomplishment" -- I'm just trying to help poor, victim Tony out a bit here.

May 12, 2005 1:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey someone asked this once before, in a different fashion. How many ADV accomplishments in CD14 can dance on the head of a pin?

Both of them, right?

May 12, 2005 1:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That really is a bitch to see these lists, and then hear ADV tag on one sentence to his last-century resume at the end and say, "we organized 80 watches and mobilized 60,000 volunteers to do community cleanups" as his principle contributions to the city of L.A. as a CM -- the number they use in actually 6,000 (now they're saying 7,000), but A-D Antonio keeps screwing the number up and saying "60,000" instead, which would be about half the adults in the district. I suppose now he'll up that to "70,000."

He's on his way to the Million Man Clean-Up, any day now. . .

May 12, 2005 1:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hahn for governor? What acomplishments.

May 12, 2005 2:55 AM  

Blogger Republican for AV said:

Wow! And I had heard that Doug Dowie was retired!

Easy to see that the Hahn Blogging Team has been working overtime.

Nothing like an 11 point deficit with less than a week to go to get some guys off their arrogant arses and put together things that Hahn can take credit for.

No doubt his PR team has dug up every single action of the City, whether Hahn was there or not. Mostly not.

Mayor Yawn has been in San Pedro with his kids while others have carried this water; they call him to come to the ribbon cuttings.

It still doesn't explain the shenanigans, firings and resignations of:

Ted Stein
Leland Wong
Troy Edwards
Doug Dowie
John Stodder
James Acevedo
Chris Hammond
Nick Tonsich
Alan Abrams
Charles Fitzgerald
Pierce O'Donnell
Alan Casden's crew, and
others that do not come to mind right now.

I will not list all the accusatiuons and investigations, but those interested can just google the names.

The unions (Miguel Contreras, (R.I.P.)McOsker, and Julie Butcher have had their way with Hahn. He simply never said "No", which is why they are spending $2,000,000 in I.E.'s to re-elect him rather than Villaraigosa. Just consider that fact alone.

We have added $500 MILLION to our City income in four years, and no new employees. The reason is simple; the unions have gobbled up all the money for raises from Jimmy Hahn and the rest has been loaned or paid to Hahn Commissioners in their shenanigans.

That is what I object to here; Hahn will continue to roll over for them; Antonio can look them in the eye and remind them that they supported his opponent, and not roll over.

That especially applies with Miguel's untimely passing, now Antonio is more free than ever to do so, as it is generally conceded that his personal relaitonship with Miguel rose above the political realities of this campaign.

My personal belief is that Miguel was quite stressed over the situation and this at least contributed to his health problems.

We agree on one thing, Jill Stewart is an airhead, but, she's finally got it right.

Sheriff Baca's endorsement yesterday should put the law and order issue in perspective; he's got insights into what is going on in the Grand Jury investigation as it is a task force of law enforcement from the county and FBI that is investigating Hahn's Administration's activities.

Read between the lines.

OK, Hahn Blogging Team, go at it; that's what you are paid for, earn your money (and hope there's enough left over after Carrick and Kam get paid to cover your paychecks).

May 12, 2005 4:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From a voter in CD14 (not a politician or campaigner)---a regular joe:

Word around AV's neighborhood & district 14 is that many voters plan NOT to vote on the 17th. Picking between tweedle dee & tweedle dum for Mayor isn't much fun.

As for me,if the election were to be held today, I'd vote for AV ---call me selfish but, I think CD 14 deserves to have a Councilman & if AV is elected as Mayor --CD14 will have an opportunity to get one.

So grab a tissue AV bloggers and stop being such babies. CD 14 is willing to support you by VOTING YOU OUT of the Council office. That's what you want right?

Looking forward to an interesting week of blogging.

May 12, 2005 6:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BLOG away fake GOP dude, ALL those long list of names are LOST when the mother of the victim says "Tony votes to help criminals!"

Done deal.

(Like anybody outside of downtown and ADV's campaign hacks even KNOW or care who any of those "maybe" crooked people are).

HA!!!

May 12, 2005 7:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SO ADV's paid slime-masters slip ANOTHER 4-year-old "white collar" criminal into the (maybe Hahn "helped" them), bogus pay-for-play roster with the Times story today.

Hey, you guys have been saying for a year or more now that Hahn is he equivalent of a mass-murderer, politically, a John Gotti-type. And his numbers are GOING UP. How's that strategy paying off NOW??

What in the Sam Hill makes you think ONE more, PLANTED (see-through slime-tactic), accusation of this kind makes ANY difference in the real world, any more?

One more body under Giants stadium, STILL can't be pinned to Hahn doing anything wrong. Hell, Hahn's non-denial denial came across stronger than the Times attempt to connect the dots back to him. I had to read the thing twice to understand how this will all conencted (after FOUR YEARS), and I practically a genius compared to most voters (sorry to say!)

More piffling innuendo -- keep looking for that last straw that break's the camels back. YEAH, you keep picking up 4-year-old "straws" while Jimmy keeps nailing "child-murderer coddling" Tony's overused pecker to the line-up wall.

You MAY find that last straw weeks from now (you been looking for YEARS) - but PROBABLY not. You WON'T find the antidote to the poison that ADV unleashed on his own career by being SOFT on anti-crime legislation. There IS no cure for that pathology in the minds of people with little kids, no-so-little-kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc., etc., etc.

Little Tony HITS the mat again, another knock-out punch from Hahn, rope-a-doping the pimping (and sometimes "conveniently) "poping" Antonio.

May 12, 2005 9:52 AM  

Blogger Athena said:

I disagree with the Rep for AV on this one. Jill Stewart is not an airhead, she is shoddy and vindictive. Her opining that Villaraigosa is in the driver's seat is the ONLY thing that causes me any doubt that Antonio is going to win.

Regardless, I'm holding: AV 56 - JH 44.

May 12, 2005 9:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jill STewart has proven to be as big a flip flopper as Antonio. She threw her crediability out the window last night. You can't go on tv last week and say all the positive things about Hahn then turn around and say Antonio's in the driver seat even though Hahn is moving up in polls. It goes to show that no matter how many negative tv ads Antonio shows people are more concerned about the record of a "do nothing councilman." No one is going to take anything Jill STeward says seriously after last night. Her commentary didn't make sense. Antonio lost in 2001 in the final 4 days. Hertzberg lost in 48 hrs.

May 12, 2005 11:10 AM  

Anonymous Indie Reporters Fan said:

You all are just upset because Jill is (a) incredibly attractive and charming and (b) scoops the so-called mainstream press on just about every meaningful political story. Where would LA voters be without Jill Stewart? Even more bored and ill-informed than now.

Sorry guys, but at least Jill had the balls to make a prediction.

May 12, 2005 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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

May 12, 2005 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In what skanky, darkly-lit bar at 2 a.m. is Jill "incredibly attractive" -- even at last call, on a LONELY, lonely night?

Please, and how much have YOU had to drink this time of the morning. Go back to bed and sleep it off. I wouldn't do Jill Stewart with YOUR penis!

May 12, 2005 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OH, and Jill has "balls" too -- count me out, also.

(I made that mistake in Hollywood accidentally after one too many tequilas -- sorry, never again!)

Fool me once, shame on me; fool me twice and I'm ready to switch to ADV.

May 12, 2005 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ditto that, Jill definitely looks like some drag queens I've seen hanging out in Silverlake on the weekends!

May 12, 2005 11:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jill says "Antonio is in the driver's seat. If she did her homework she would know that little napoleon syndrom Antonio doesn't drive himself anywhere. He's so insecure that our tax dollars are now paying for a driver that is an LAPD officer. He told people he was threaten. Yup, Im sure all his constituents in CD14 want to get a hold of him. Can hardly wait for him to go back to his own district when he loses and faces the music. That will be one INTENSE community meeting.

May 12, 2005 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boy you don't think ADV would ACTUALLY face his contituents publicly, again after that do you.

Nope, those will all be STAFF-run community meeting (2 at most, until 2007), from now on.

May 12, 2005 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa does not have the cajones to face the district 14. He is afraid. I met him, he is short, wrinkly, arrogant, and paranoid.

May 12, 2005 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paranoid, yes. Pair-o-nads, definitely not. He's in his skulking, hiding out from media, avoiding direct questions, Tricky Dick Nixon mode for the rest of this race.

His handlers have left strict orders. Stay put, shut up, don't say ANYTHING that isn't printed on the cards, and if ANY of that fails, we'll swoop in and escort you away quickly. Scared, fake, pompous little Tony V.

Mayor of Los Angeles? Mayor of a major U.S. city with problems that require courage and character to tackle? Not even in his guilt-riddled wet dreams.

May 12, 2005 12:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In the end, the decision next week becomes simplified, in that...

...Antonio Villaraigosa is a pathological liar who can't be trusted to do anything he says he'll do.

Someone prove me wrong, last chance, only 5 days remaining in this opportunity.

May 12, 2005 12:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If I was handling the Hahn campaign I would make the following commercial with these scenes:
Scene 1: Very hardcore looking, multiple tattooed gang members harassing a family in the park. The police show up to try and do something to protect the family only to be stopped by AV who shows up in time to protect the gang members.
Scene 2: A sleazy, unshaven old man is observing some kids playing on the swings in the park. He pulls out a handful of candy and heads over to the kids. Next you see him walking away holding a little girls hand as she licks a candy sucker. A close up of the man's shirt reveals a button that reads "Vote For Antonio V. for mayor".
Scene 3: Group of L.A.P.D. uniformed officers are with Antonio shooting an endorsement commercial. The director yells, cut! That's a wrap! As the officers walk away the camera zooms in on the back of the officers collars to reveal "Acme Costume Rentals" as these are not real L.A.P.D. officers but non-union actors.
Cut to Mayor Hahn shooting his commercial with the real L.A.P.D. officers endorsing him.
These three commercial scenes will have a tremendous impact. The commercials about Antonio taking Miami money are burnt out and nobody cares anymore. The voters know ALL politicians take questionable campaign contributions and only give it back when they are caught like AV just did. I suggest the Hahn campaign concentrate on getting some new
hard hitting commercials that will resonate with the
undecideds otherwise he and all on his staff are going to be looking for work come next Wednesday morning

May 12, 2005 6:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jill Stewart is one of the best reporters L.A. has ever seen whether you agree with her or not.

Leave it to the bloggers here to start making comments on her looks when they can't think up clever enough come backs to her commentary.

If I thought for one minute that all of you worked at City Hall, I would start naming all of the ugliest 4th floor staffers. Wouldn't that be nice?

And the poster who named all of the excellent accomplishments of our current and future Mayor - you forgot one of the best things. 311. He should talk about it more. But I'll think I will print out that list and take it door knocking on this GOTV weekend.

Great Job Jill and Great Job Jim! Both winners.

May 13, 2005 12:39 AM  

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